Things are pretty tasty in the world of crime drama at the moment, with the autumn and winter season’s big, new heavy hitters now swinging for the fences. With the likes of National Treasure and The Night Of continuing, they’re joined by two new series this week – Gillian Anderson’s The Fall and ITV’s The Level. Once again, there’s brand-new crime drama on every night of the week, including the return of Beck after a week’s break. You DVR is set to take a pounding.
A lot has already been written about Paranoid, mostly negative, and I have to add my voice to that negativity. Not that I do that lightly, because getting something onto the screen is difficult, and it takes a herculean effort from a writer, a team of actors, and a team of technicians, who all work incredibly hard, to get it there. But, saying all that, Paranoid was extremely average.
They ay there’s nothing new under the sun, and once again Hollywood proves this phrase to true. Back in the early 80s, when I was in my formative years, I used to tape TV themes into my little tape recorder. TV in the UK was full of US imports, like Quincy and The A-Team, and another that was popular was Magnum PI, and as an impressionable young feller, I bloody loved it – the Hawaiin setting, TC!, helicopters, Higgins and MOUSTACHES. And eyebrows. Looking back at it now, it wasn’t that good, but still, it was a classic of its time. Now news reaches me that a sequel might be on the cards.
How’s this for a hot take: Gillian Anderson’s DCI Stella Gibson is a career best performance. Do you agree? Even if you don’t you have to admit she’s pretty stunning in The Fall, that often incredible cat and mouse game. It’s back this week, and we managed to get hold of an interview with Anderson, which you can read after the jump.
And so the threads, slowly but surely, come together. I’m still not entirely sure what’s going on here, but in this soup of this soapy, supernatural business, episode five began to start making sense. A little bit. But then it goes and builds in something like a crazy ancient Egyptian angle and I was left scratching my head again. Yes, that’s right. Ängelby is surely the only crime drama with a crazy ancient Egyptian angle.
You have to keep your eye on Walter Presents – the online streaming service keeps picking up interesting-sounding little crime dramas seemingly out of the blue. We all know – thanks to the global success of Trapped and exposure via Netflix for The Lava Field – Iceland is the Nordic region’s latest hot property. And now we hear that Walter Presents has picked up one of its dramas.
I’m still not sure what Fearless is – is it more of a legal drama or a pure crime drama with legal elements? – but I’ll relay news of its production here for now. Especially when you look at the cast ITV has assembled for it. Helen McCrory (so excellent in Peaky Blinders), takes the lead, and the network has announced that another heavyweight has joined the cast.