Review: Crimes Of Passion (S1 E1/6), Saturday 30th August

We had to wait a little while, but our next Scandinavian crime drama fix comes via Sweden. But Crimes Of Passion is not a modern, contemporary story, like The Killing or The Bridge. No, it’s a fairly quaint Swedish whodunnit, with a trio of 1950s-set characters. Crimes Of Passion is a Swedish crime series based…

Steven Spielberg developing a Minority Report TV series

Minority Report was one of my favourite films of the Noughties. Not because it had Tom Cruise in it, and not because it was directed by Steven Spielberg. I enjoyed it because it provided an interesting look into the near future, and even though it has only been 12 years since its cinema release, some…

Ashley Jensen to star in new Sky1 ‘quirky’ crime drama

Since it shamefully ditched the superb Thorne (based on the Mark Billingham’s excellent fictional detective series) Sky1 has been a bit quiet in the crime drama genre. Yes, we’ve had Charlie Brooker’s often laugh-out-loud piss take of procedurals in Touch Of Cloth, but now the channel is giving us something a little more serious and substantial, this time focusing on…

Channel 5 confirms Suspects 2 transmission date

Channel 5 is having a bit of a busy day of it today. Earlier I posted up a story detailing how the channel had secured the UK broadcast rights for Gotham, and now its homegrown cop drama, Suspects, has also had its series two transmission date confirmed.

Channel 5 snaps up Gotham for UK broadcast

As regular visitors to this blog will know I’ve been keeping a close eye on Gotham, the Batman prequel that has turned into one of the most anticipated shows of the autumn. It has been gathering interest on a few levels. On one level, it’s exciting comic fans and superhero geeks because of the Batman connection,…

Repeats of Twin Peaks to air on Syfy from September

If you’re going to have a conversation about the best crime drama of all time, Twin Peaks has to be a part of it. Many will dismiss David Lynch’s cryptic, surreal and amorphous opus as self-indulgent nonsense, but beneath all the layers and the wilful strangeness and the diversions (of which there were many), at its…

Review: Matrioshki (S1 E1/10) Wednesday 30th July

Personal circumstances mean that I’m a bit late on things at the moment (which is KILLING me!), but this is just as well – August feels like the calm before the storm, and when September comes there will be all manner of new TV crime drama to get stuck into. One new thing to follow, however, is…

Preview: Season four of The Killing returns to Netflix this weekend

Before you read any more, I must point out that I’m talking about the US version and not the much-missed Danish original. I mention this because there are also many people – 93 per cent of the American viewing public at my last calculation – who have only really ever know one version. We can debate…

Filming begins on Paul Abbott’s No Offence

For my money, 2003’s State Of Play was one of the best home-grown dramas of the Noughties. John Simm, David Morrissey, Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, James McAvoy revelled in a noirish story of political corruption, journalism and mystery. It launched the career of Paul Abbott – who then went onto create Shameless – and now…