REVIEW : BAPTISTE (S1 E6/6)

It’s been a long road to this final chapter of Baptiste – and it’s been a very bumpy journey along the way, beset with gigantic plot holes and paper-thin characters. How such a poorly constructed show could have been extrapolated from the brilliant elements that made The Missing such a hit is a mystery that…

Stranger Things season three trailer released

Do we keep going with Stranger Things? Its first series showed a spot-on mash-up of crime, conspiracy and horror – The X-Files meets The Goonies perhaps – but as time has worn on the crime element of the show has diminished somewhat. Still, Netflix – the series’ home – presses on with its brilliant PR…

Alibi sets date for Ms Fisher’s Modern Mysteries

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is one of our favourite imported Golden Age crime shows, and a little while back we brought you news that a sequel series – based in the 1960s and titled Ms Fisher’s Modern Mysteries – was being made. Now we know when it will air in the UK. Ms Fisher’s Modern…

TV series based on Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley in the works

Why no one has done this before is anyone’s guess. We went to our local film club this week, where they showed Wim Wenders’ version of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game, titled The American Friend, starring Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley and Bruno Ganz as Jonathan. It was great and it made us realise that Ripley’s…

REVIEW: The Bay (S1 E1/6)

Already the press is dubbing this new, six-part series as ‘the new Broadchurch‘. On the surface, there seems to be evidence to suggest that this might be the case: a coastal setting (this time a real-life location, Morecambe), two missing children, equal weight given to the parents of the missing children’s trauma, and a lead…

Mammon creator back with new Norwegian procedural

Mammon’s Gjermund S. Eriksen is back on Norwegian TV with For Life, a ‘fresh’ procedural that uses flashback structures to tell its story. Year 2040. Top policewoman Victoria Woll in her early 60’s is sitting in jail, sentenced for life. Through each episode set nowadays but told in flashback, we see how the sharp detective…

Tin Star renewed for third and final series

A third and final series of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed drama Tin Star has been commissioned. Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie are set to return as the Worth family in the final chapter of the trilogy, reports say today. The six-episode third instalment will go into production later this year and will be…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E6/6)

It so it came to pass … it was time to find out whether my theory that Alice – the woman who Jimmy Perez had fallen for – was behind the people trafficking ring on Shetland. It would’ve made sense both in this story and as a dramatic development in Jimmy’s life – he’s suffered…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E5/6)

If broadcast television is largely a game of numbers then there is a bit of a discrepancy on the books with regards to Baptiste, which debuted with nearly eight million expectant viewers and is now trailing out of its first season with half of that audience share depleted – a remarkably similar trajectory to Strangers,…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 18th – Sunday 24th March)

There’s a lot going on this week. We say farewell to Shetland, Baptiste and Tin Star, while also saying hello to ITV’s The Bay (compared to Broadchurch), Delhi Crime on Netflix and Nathan Fillion’s new vehicle, The Rookie, on Sky Witness. Enjoy! 1 Shetland *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES* S5 E6/6 Olivia has…