BBC releases first look at John Malkovich as Poirot; adds cast

Have a bit of this! We can’t remember being as excited for a series in a while (OK, maybe since The Bridge, which isn’t that long ago to be fair), and much speculation has abounded as to what Sarah Phelps’ new incarnation of Hercule Poirot will look like. Will he have the ‘tache? Will that…

Netflix greenlights Spanish heroin trafficking drama

Streaming behemoth Netflix has enjoyed huge success with its drug cartel drama, Narcos, and now we hear the service has jumped on for another drug-based drama… this time from Spain. Deadline reports that it has greenlit the eight-part series, Hache. The drama, which was created by Cuéntame and El Príncipe writer Verónica Fernández and is based on a…

BBC releases new trailer for Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard

Full disclosure: I don’t think the BBC’s upcoming series, Bodyguard, is especially crimey but we bring you news of it because it’s written and created by Line Of Duty showrunner, Jed Mercurio, and it stars a LOD alum, Keeley Hawes. Set in and around the corridors of power, Bodyguard tells the fictional story of David…

BBC releases Luther teaser; Ruth Wilson confirms return

Idris Elba fans sang from the rooftops when a fifth series of Luther was announced last year. With four new episodes coming, the plot goes something like this: As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that…

ITV announces new psycho-thriller, Cheat

ITV has announced one of its short-run crime mini-series. Katherine Kelly (pictured) and recent BAFTA-winner Molly Windsor are to take the leading roles in psychological thriller, Cheat, written by newcomer Gaby Hull. At the heart of the drama is the dangerous relationship between university professor Leah (Kelly), and her student Rose (Windsor), when, what begins as…

Tom Hollander joins Baptiste cast

Excitement levels hit the roof a few months back when it was announced that Harry and Jack Williams would be writing a Missing spin-off series, featuring Tchéky Karyo’s wily French detective, Julien Baptiste. The series, due to start filming this summer, is adding cast members and it has been announced that Tom Hollander has signed on…

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

I’m still laid low with food poisoning but seem to be turning the corner, so it’s just as well that there’s lots on (not to mention the World Cup). The Bridge edges ever closer to its final denouement, while Hidden and whole bunch of others continue elsewhere. Enjoy! 1 The Bridge *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*…

REVIEW: The Bridge (S4 E6/8)

  In the blink of an eye we’re almost at the end of this last series of The Bridge, and previously disperate characters and places were making their own merry little dance as Saga and Henrik investigated the serial killer case. All of these characters felt important somehow, and all felt a little bit dodgy,…

More4 reveals Dicte series three transmission date

One of the more watchable so-called Nordic Noirs is Danish series Dicte – Crime Reporter. Starring the excellent Iben Hjejle as crime-reporter-cum-crime-solver we’ve had two series of it here in the UK, while in its native Denmark series three came and went two years ago. It’s based on  Elsebeth Egholm’s novels and is set in Aarhus. So, stand…

Keeping Faith to air on BBC One

If there was a record for the amount of UK-based channels one series has appeared on Keeping Faith (Un Bore Mercher) might just hold it. Or at least it will after this summer. After doing the rounds on the Welsh-language S4C and BBC One Wales, as well as scoring a hit on the BBC’s iPlayer, news…

Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Snare optioned for television

Lilja Sigurðardóttir is part of the new wave of Icelandic crime fiction, a now burgeoning and internationally-recognised source of mystery and thriller stories. The island’s crime fiction community is indebted to the likes of pioneers like Arnaldur Indriðason, Árni Þórarinsson and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, who forged a furrow for the likes of Lilja and Ragnar Jonasson and others to follow….

Saga Norén’s Porsche 911 to be offered for auction

We’re only a few episodes away from the end of The Bridge, but for the cast and crew it’s long gone. One of the questions that many have asked Sofia Helin was whether she was able to keep any of Saga’s props, including her iconic 1977 Porshe 911S. The car, which has appeared in the…