Review: Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (S1 E3/10), Friday 5th February, Sky1

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Stan_Lee_s_Lucky_ManTwo episodes into this supernatural crime procedural and Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt) is starting to feel the weight of the bangle, both physically and mentally. Although it gives him untold luck, it also puts him into some tricky situations – his partners die and he’s seemingly a suspect in every murder case because his new lucky intuition puts him at the scene of the crime every single time. If that’s a better life, give me something different. Should’ve gone to Ratners, Harry.

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Season three of Peaky Blinders ‘set for April’

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Programme Name: Peaky Blinders - TX: n/a - Episode: Peaky Blinders Episode 5 (No. 5) - Picture Shows: Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) - (C) Mandabach TV - Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Peaky Blinders is one of those shows that has accumulated a loyal, cult following, thanks to its hugely stylised, violent portrayal of early 20th century gangland life in industrial Birmingham and the stories of the mercurial, enigmatic characters who are trying lift themselves up out of the filth. We’ve covered it on and off here at The Killing Times – there has always been a debate about whether it’s purely a crime drama – but we recognise that people want to know about the show. And with series three finished filming and now in the post-production process, we heard some news yesterday that should get fans excited. Continue reading

Trapped transmission date confirmed by BBC4

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Trapped_TV_It’s all happening at the BBC today. Confirmation of transmission dates for The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story and One Child, as well as the announcement of a new three-part series that will tell the story of the John Christie murders at 10 Rillington place. There was just one thing I was waiting confirmation on and that was what was going to fill the fabled Scandi slot on BBC4 once The Young Montalbano had finished on 13th February. Now we know. Continue reading

BBC commissions Rillington Place drama series

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10-Rillington-Place-Notting-Hill-serial-killer-John-Reginald-ChristireIt has been a busy day of news, especially for items coming out of the BBC, and it continues with the news that the corporation is to tell the story of one of the most infamous murder stories in British criminal history. The west London street Rillington Place is synonymous with the serial killer John Christie, and now the BBC has announced that it will dramatise the story in a three-part series. Continue reading

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and One Child transmission dates confirmed by the BBC

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151112-news-fxdatesEver since 1st January, we’ve had a glut of crime dramas of varying quality – those comfy staples like Midsomer Murders and Death In Paradise that serve as entertaining romps rather than stomach-knotting, dark masterpieces. They all have their place, but we’re nearing the end of that January run of series, with a new batch of dramas waiting in the wings. We have Happy Valley starting up next week on BBC1, but over on BBC2 there are two new crime dramas that are both headline-grabbing and intriguing in equal measure. And they’ve both had their transmission dates confirmed today. Continue reading

Gillian Anderson and Krister Henriksson pictured on the set of The Fall

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JS49638672Gillian Anderson is doing some good business at the moment – she always does, really – appearing in the much-anticipated new series of The X-Files as well as the BBC’s War And Peace. She’s also set to appear once again in the third series of Allan Cubitt’s über-tense cat-and-mouse thriller, The Fall. Also appearing in the new third series – which is currently filming in Belfast – is Wallander himself, Krister Henriksson, and today a tantalising image of them both on-set has surfaced. Continue reading

ITV commissions Brighton-based crime drama The Level

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ITV_logo_2013.svgITV specialises in those short, intense three or four-part stories seemingly off a never-ending production line. Now the network has commissioned another crime drama series, but this time six-parter. The Level is being produced by BAFTA award-winning indie Hillbilly Television (Second Coming, Random, Holy Flying Circus) and is written by Gaby Chiappe (Shetland, Vera, Lark Rise to Candleford) and Alex Perrin (Leonardo, Shetland). So what’s it all abaaaht? Continue reading