REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E6/8)

We’ve seen it in other series (series three of Fargo springs to mind), but this sixth episode of The Deuce felt like a mini-series within a series; an episode that was so different in tone and theme that it felt slightly separate to the rest of the run. Not that it was a total departure…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E6/8)

Well. We are into the final run of Strangers now, and after finding out who killed Megan last week, all that was left to discover was the why. But this show is never direct in it’s intentions and whilst the pace certainly switched up a gear this week, for most of the time my reaction…

First image released for Acorn TV’s Queens Of Mystery

It seems that US-based streaming service, Acorn TV, has decided to go all in on British-style cosy crime. Yesterday we brought you the news that Sky has optioned Acorn’s second series of Agatha Raison, and now it has released the first image from another of its original series, Queens Of Mystery. The series follows the…

STARZPLAY announces Counterpart series two transmission date

We’ve been keeping an eye on Counterpart – the intriguing sci-fi/crime/spy series on streaming channel, STARZPLAY (available on Amazon Prime). We’re planning on bringing you a series one review very soon, but until then the series has been getting busy – the second run is on the way. Counterpart tells the story of Howard Silk,…

BBC picks up The Name Of The Rose for UK broadcast

We’ve had our eyes on the new adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose. We know it stars the always-superb John Turturro and Ruper Everett, and we know it’s in production. The hope was it would be picked up by someone in the UK. And now it has: the BBC has stepped in…

Agatha Raisin goes back to Sky

Well, this is an odd one. Sky took the decision to cancel its adaptation of MC Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels after one full series, but it was then picked up by US-based streaming service Acorn TV for a second series. Now, Sky has picked up the UK broadcast rights for that second series. It’s a…

ITV commissions Martin Freeman crime drama

Martin Freeman’s a fine actor, and he’s appeared in a few high-profile crime drama in recent years (Sherlock, Fargo), and now he’s coming back to our screens thanks to a new six-part crime drama on ITV. A Confession – also starring the excellent Imelda Staunton and Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran – tells the story of…

REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E3/4)

So far, this four-part adaptation of Helen FitzGerald’s The Cry (listen to our podcast with Helen here) has been excellent: a psychological thriller of the highest order. What I mean by psychological thriller is that all those addictive twists and turns we so love in the genre are plentiful – no more so than THE…

REVIEW: Killing Eve (S1 E5/8)

A tipping point has been reached: Villanelle is out in the open, and Eve has a source of information on the master plan. But the game’s hardly finished; so what tricks does the psycho assassin still have up her elegantly coutured sleeve? Now that Frank has been exposed as the mole – no surprise there…

ITV commissions Rob Lowe crime drama Wild Bill

Now here’s a sentence we didn’t think we’d be writing on a Friday morning, or any morning for that matter: Hollywood star, Rob Lowe, is to star in a new six-part ITV crime drama called Wild Bill, set in Lincolnshire. When high-flying US police chief Bill Hixon lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14-year-old daughter…

BBC acquires Killing Eve series two

In a move that has surprised absolutely nobody, the BBC has acquired the rights to show the second series of BBC America’s Killing Eve in the UK. Based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, the series has been a huge success in the US and now here in the UK. Emmy-nominated and Bafta-winner…