Review: Fargo (S1 E9/10), Sunday 15th June

It’s almost time. Over nine episodes we’ve seen murder and strange things afoot in the frozen wastelands of Minnesota, and plenty of quirky characters along the way. We’ve seen Lester Nygaard develop from a nervous, timid man into a nascent and dangerous manipulator, while the man who kick-started his transformation – the hitman Lorne Malvo  –…

Review: Wallander (S3 E5/6), Saturday 14th June

[WARNING: SPOILERS RIGHT FROM THE START] As King Lear says: “Who is it that can tell me who I am?” Wallander’s dreadful secret is out – he is no longer in control of what was a great investigative mind. And oh, what a fall it is. His understandable reticence about revealing his Alzheimer’s disease to family…

Murdered By My Boyfriend Transmission Date Confirmed By BBC

In a few weeks’ time, BBC Three is airing a one-off drama in a week it’s also broadcasting a documentary about domestic violence. Violence against women is, sadly, a topical subject and crime drama is part of the whole argument about desensitisation of violence. We’ve talked about that a lot on this blog, and we’ll continue…

Kenneth Branagh To Make Final Batch Of British Wallanders Next Year

We’ve been enjoying the final series of Swedish stalwart, Wallander, and with only a few episodes to go of the show that kickstarted the whole Scandinavian crime drama revolution, we’re intrigued to know how it will all end. And, in a corresponding parallel, the Radio Times has announced that the final episodes from the British…

Review: Amber (S1 E2/4), Tuesday 11th June

It is day 148 in the search for 14-year-old Amber Bailey, but the Garda have wound down the resources in the hunt and it is pretty much down to her grittily determined mother Sarah to keep public awareness alive. She has assembled a band of well-wishers and set up her own  (very shambolic) incident room…

Interview: Jorja Fox, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI’s Sara Sidle – aka mega-popular actress Jorja Fox – has been there right from the start. Only in series nine and 10 did she take a bit of a break, but she still guest-starred on the show. Of course, her great storyline has been her complicated romance with the very embodiment of designer stubble, Gil Grissom….

ITV Encore kicks off with Broadchurch

  Another channel appears on our EPGs today (yes, another one). And its another ITV channel, which creates a five channel-strong network (if you don’t count all the time-shifted plus ones, which I don’t). We’ve already got ITV2, which seems to cater for a younger, more talent show-obsessed and reality TV crowd; ITV3, which shows classic drama…

Review: Quirke (S1 E3/3), Sunday 8th June

Sorry, sorry, sorry. Time got away from me last weekend – it was nice out, ok, and I had to go to Southampton – and I didn’t manage to review the second episode of this mid-1950s-set Dublin noir, starring Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon (although I did watch it). It has been a studied and engrossing…

Review: Wallander (S3 E4/6), Saturday 7th June

The awful truth is finally out – to Wallander himself, at least; he may not yet have a full diagnosis for his memory lapses, but he has taken the first tentative step (with a very hot female psychiatrist) to discover how impaired his analytical powers are. However, though last week’s episode saw him faltering badly, The Loss revealed that while…