Trailer: True Detective (S1 E2/8)

By now you’re probably understanding the here at The Killing Times we quite like True Detective. Quite like in the sense that we fuffing love it. If, like us, you watched the first episode and immediately wanted more of this deep, dark Deep South noir, then the wait is almost over – tomorrow night sees…

Trailer: DCI Banks (S3 E5/6)

We’re almost at the end of series three of DCI Banks, with a new two-part story starting on Monday (3rd March). Even though we didn’t much care for the two-part story that concluded this week, the final two episodes of the series are, on our opinion, much more like it. We’ll see DI Helen Morton…

#TBT: Miss Marple

We couldn’t resist. For this week’s Throw Back Thursday, we couldn’t resist revisiting one of the world’s most beloved sleuths. We also couldn’t resist posting this on the same day we uploaded a post about James Ellroy. This may be stating the bleedin’ obvious, but there couldn’t be more difference between the cosy amateur sleuth…

First look at Reece Shearsmith and Sheridan Smith in The Widower

ITV’s new three-part drama, The Widower, starts soon and the channel has released a trailer that hints at the darkness ahead. It stars League Of Gentlemen and Psychoville’s Reece Shearsmith as mild-mannered nurse Malcolm Webster and how he, over a 13- year period set about poisoning and murdering his first wife (Sheridan Smith), attempted to do…

James Ellroy rails against The Wire (among other things)

James Ellroy is one of my favourite writers. His dense, tense and terse prose often mixes his fictional characters with real-life characters from modern American history. His LA Quartet and Underground USA Trilogy are superb, modern takes on the hard-boiled theme and wracked with paranoia and fear. They’re hard work at times but there’s no…

Trailer: Jonathan Creek (S5 E1/3)

I have to say that we’re not huge fans of Jonathan Creek. We like the fact that it’s keeping the British tradition of mystery series alive and don’t have a problem with Alan Davies or, in this new series, Sarah Alexander. We just wish there was a bit more pizzazz and zip and sparkle. I…

Review: Line Of Duty (S2 E3/6), Wednesday 26th February

Here we go then – episode three of Britain’s most intriguing homegrown crime drama and frankly we don’t know where we are. The first two episodes have featured an incredible, jaw-dropping moment, and set-pieces that have been breathtaking and skilfully constructed and acted. What was in store for us in episode three? Plenty more, as…

Trailer: Law & Order: UK Series Eight

It’s always difficult to keep a long-running series consistent and fresh, and we felt that Law & Order: UK suffered last series. Its key partnership of Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) and Sam Casey (Paul Nicholls) wasn’t really working (not least because of Nicholls’ appalling Cockney accent). Series eight sees Ronnie get a brand new partner…

Will True Detective Feature Female Detectives In Series Two?

And so the True Detective wheel continues to turn. As the series develops (it’s almost over in the US, and we’re still developmental stage over here with episode two set to air this weekend), reviews, praise, counter-argument, negative reviews and rumours all help to keep this excellent new crime drama in the forefront of the…

First Trailer For Fargo With Billy Bob Thornton And Martin Freeman

When it was announced that US cable network FX would be making a TV version of the Coen brothers’ superb Oscar-winning 1996 film there was cautious optimism. Cautious because any sort of remake or refreshes or whatever you want to call them often fall flat, and optimism because Fargo was just so good and set…

Interview: David Baldacci, King & Maxwell

David Baldacci is one of the world’s most prolific and best-selling novelists. His political thrillers have sold by the bucket-load, some providing the base for hit movies (like Absolute Power, for instance). Created over a decade ago, his King & Maxwell series has been adapted for television, and the 10-part series will start on Alibi…