REVIEW: Unforgotten (S3 E6/6)

The death of suspect Peter Carr on her watch was a punch to the solar plexus Cassie (Nicola Walker) was not ready for. As her guilt drags her down, sidekick Sunny (Sanjeev Bhaskar) has regained his customary haunted, confused demeanour as he watches his beloved colleague’s spirits circle the mental drain. Since the police raid…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E4/4)

Let’s face it: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco has been way below par, which has been a real shame. The characters are there, the backstory and premise are sound and fun, and even some of the ideas in this new series have been interesting. But everything else has been sadly lacking. The plot, the pacing,…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 20 – Sunday 26th August)

Rejoice! There is some new stuff out this week, replacing the likes of Unforgotten, Cardinal and The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. So… we have Finnish series, Deadwind (Karppi) starting on Netflix, series two of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes on Starzplay (via Amazon Prime) and Alan Cumming vehicle, Instinct, over on Sky Witness. Enjoy! 1 Sharp…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E5&6/6)

So after just three short weeks we wrap up Black Fly Season, the second series of Canadian crime drama Cardinal. It does make me wonder if it had been extended out to an episode a week rather than the traditional BBC4 double-up if I would have had the patience to persist with what has been…

Sexy Beast to be adapted for TV

One the Noughties’ best British crime films was Sexy Beast, the terrifying gangster flick starring an unforgettable Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley. Now we hear that it’s getting the TV treatment. Deadline reports: The potential series, which will be shopped to cable and streaming networks, will tell the story of up-and-coming criminal Gal Dove as…

RTÉ announces new crime drama Take Down for autumn season

Other than Jack Taylor, Love/Hate has been Ireland’s best crime drama to date, but now it seems a new series is on the way in the autumn, which could ramp things up a bit. The creative team behind Love/Hate, – Stuart Carolan (writer/executive producer), Suzanne McAuley (executive producer) and David Caffrey (director) are joined by best-selling novelist Jo Spain…

Polish crime drama Ultraviolet starts on Netflix

One thing we missed out from last week’s 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week was Netflix’s Polish series, Ultraviolet. We wrote about it back in May, but it has now started streaming on Netflix from today. Here’s the juice: The series is inspired by the book The Skeleton Crew written by Deborah Halber and infused…

Hard Sun ends after one series

No real surprises here, but Neil Cross’s Hard Sun has been cancelled after one series. Or so The Sun’s ‘TV Insider’ says. There has been no confirmation from the BBC yet. A TV insider said: “This will be a huge disappointment for all concerned, but particularly for Agyness as this was her first appearance in…

TNT confirms Alienist sequel, Angel Of Darkness

The Alienist was a huge worldwide hit, its Victorian-era thrills a spills delighting those in the US on network, TNT, and around the world thanks to Netflix. Based on Caleb Carr’s novel of the same name, it told the story of Dr Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E6/6)

Crime dramas often stand and fall on their conclusions. Like crime fiction, viewers like to find out whodunit and why, and have invested time and emotional connection into a series. It’s a bold show that doesn’t deliver those satisfying conclusions, and I was interested to see whether Picnic At Hanging Rock would deliver more than…

New Swedish crime drama goes to post-war Berlin

Sweden’s Måns Mårlind – the creator of Midnight Sun and writer on The Bridge – is behind a new, English-language thriller set in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The eight-part Shadow Play centres on Max McLaughlin, an American cop who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create…