Review: Amber (S1 E4/4), Tuesday 25th June

(Here be spoilers) TV drama is not real life – TV drama has to have clearly defined entrances and exits – rule number one of screenwriting – unless you are French, of course. But either Amber’s creators/writers Rob Cawley, Gary Duggan and Paul Duane are riding roughshod over the formal rules of screenwriting, or they just wanted us…

Review: Murdered By My Boyfriend, Monday 23rd June

It’s easy to have a pop at BBC Three – ostensibly a channel aimed at teenagers – but look beyond the vacuous Don’t Tell The Brides and Snog, Marry, Avoids and you’ll find some really interesting documentaries and dramas. It doesn’t matter that they’re aimed at The Youth – their subject matter often makes them…

Review: Fargo (S1 E10/10), Sunday 22nd June

(Heck, there are spoilers here. Ya know?) Let’s face it, series finalés are judged almost solely on how satisfyingly they tie up a story. Just look at the reactions to series like True Detective, The Fall and  Happy Valley in recent months – if a writer doesn’t get it right there’s hell to pay. (Indeed…

Review: Wallander (S3 E6/6), Saturday 21st June

(Here be spoilers) Well, your humble reviewer feels both deflated and elated, but is not sure which emotion should take precedence. Why? Last night was the final episode (ever, not just the end of the series) of a drama that is one of the most important around. If there had been no Wallander would there…

The 10 Best Wallander Episodes

It’s the last ever episode of Wallander tomorrow night (Saturday 21st June) and we couldn’t really mark the occasion without doffing our cap and doing something listy. Lest we forget, Henning Mankell’s archetypal obsessed, wracked and tormented Scandinavian cop has blazed a trail – well, more like scowled a trail – for a new breed…

Interview: Georgina Campbell, Murdered By My Boyfriend

Over the past few days we’ve been going to town on BBC Three’s harrowing portrayal of domestic violence in the one-off drama, Murdered by My Boyfriend. In it we meet Ashley (played by Georgina Campbell) and Reece (Royce Pierreson), a young couple who meet in an entirely normal, conventional way and fall in love. But…

Trailer: Gotham

The more I see of Gotham – the much trumpeted Batman prequel coming to US TV network Fox in the autumn (and almost without question the UK very soon after, just as soon as someone announces they’ve snapped it up) – the more it looks like a police drama. It stars Ben McKenzie as a…

Trailer: Grantchester, ITV

It’s been a while since we heard from Grantchester, the period crime drama soon to air on ITV. During the time since we first talked about it (have a look here for that), one of its stars has suddenly become a big name in the game. James Norton put in the terrific performance in Happy…

Interview: Paul Andrew Williams, Director, Murdered By My Boyfriend

I’ve already watched Murdered By My Boyfriend and it’s great to report the hype on this one is entirely justified. (I say hype, but I really mean all the trailers and ads BBC Three is boshing out at the moment.) I’ll write up my review and publish it to coincide with its broadcast dates, but…

Review: Amber (S1 E3/4), Tuesday 17th June

Simply told but intricately woven, Amber is proving to be a very frustrating ride. We are going over much of the same time span, with many of the same characters and the same action in Groundhog Day-like style, and only a piecing together a few new pieces of the jigsaw after three of the four…

Why Fargo is a supernatural drama

Fargo has been one of the crime dramas of the year, and every episode has danced with a perfect mixture of quirky characters, high farce and ultra-violence: the characteristic combination of Coen Brothers work (even though the hands-on influence of the Oscar-winning producer/director combo has been negligible in this series, if reports are to be believed). Throughout this quirky tale,…

Trailer: Murdered By My Boyfriend, BBC Three

Next Monday (23rd June) BBC Three will broadcast a drama (go here for the original story) that is both necessary and almost educational in its remit, but also terrifying and gripping and terribly tragic as a stand-alone story. Murdered By My Boyfriend is, terrifyingly, the true story of one young woman who falls in love…