Review: The Frankenstein Chronicles (S1 E3/6), Wednesday 25th November, ITV Encore


the_frankenstein_chroniclesWe’ve reached the half-way stage of this engrossing, grim series, and so far equal time has been given to finding away through the moral and spiritual quagmire of where medicine and science mix with religion. John Marlott – a policeman seconded by home secretary Sir Robert Peel, who thinks that a murderer struck because he was against his new Anatomy Act – had slowly  Continue reading

BBC confirms Luther transmission date


Luther-391794It’s been a bit of a day of confirmed transmission dates. First we had ITV confirming the kick-off date for series two of Prey, and now word reaches us that the BBC has detailed the transmission date for Luther. While not a full series, the two-parter is a belter. So much for winding down for the Christmas period… December’s going to be busy! Continue reading

ITV confirms Prey transmission date

RED PRODUCTIONS FOR ITV PREY SERIES 2 EPISODE 1 Pictured : PHILIP GLENISTER as Murdoch. Photographers: BEN BLACKALL. This image is the copyright of ITV and must be credited. The images are for one use only and to be used in relation to PREY, any further usage could incur a fee.

(c) ITV, Ben Blackall

Prey, Chris Lunt’s unashamed, brilliant The Fugitive-style rollercoaster of a three-part chase thriller, was one of the unexpected highlights from last year, and we’ve been rubbing our hands together when it was announced that a second series would be coming to ITV later this year. Now the network has confirmed its transmission date. Continue reading

Review: Fargo (S2 E6/10), Monday 23rd November, Channel 4

bal-fargo-season-2-episode-6-photos-rhinoceros-20151117Last week’s half-way stage of Fargo felt like an escalation. The Gerhardts, after declaring war on the Kansas City mob and taking out Joe Bulo, went after Ed Blumquist. The butcher shop scene was thrilling, but it was also quite possible only the start of things. The Gerhardts were angry, the Kansas City mob was angry… the only thing standing between them was the Solverson family and the hapless Ed and Peggy Blumquist.

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Fargo recommissioned for third season by US channel FX


Screen shot 2014-03-09 at 16.06.18As regular readers of this site know (hello lots of new readers, by the way, thanks for swinging by) Fargo is one of my favourite shows. I’ve said it once and now I’ll say it again – Noah Hawley has done an exceptional job in retaining that Coen brothers’ feel and, ahem, executing that perfect mix of farce and violence. We’re just over half way through the second series here in the UK – well, we will be after tonight’s episode – and it’s shaping up to be another doozie. And there’s good news from its home channel in the US: it has been recommissioned for a third series. Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 23rd-Sunday 29th November)


blindspot-heroHere we go then. Another week into the dark recesses of the televisual world with more new episodes of things like The Bridge, Fargo, Elementary and The Frankenstein – all crime drama out of the top drawer. We also have something new – quite possibly one of the daftest, more high concept dramas we’ve ever seen! Continue reading

Five things to take away from The Bridge, episodes one and two

Programme Name: The Bridge - TX: n/a - Episode: The Bridge - series 3 - ep 1 (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Saga Norén (SOFIA HELIN) - (C) Carolina Romare - Photographer: Carolina Romare

(C) Carolina Romare – Photographer: Carolina Romare

And so it started. One of the most eagerly awaited crime dramas finally got going on BBC4 last night, to stunning effect. The build up to this third series of The Bridge produced so many questions, mainly variations on ‘how would we cope without Martin?’, but the series answered them in resounding fashion. Here are five things I took away from those first two episodes. Continue reading