Review: Crimes Of Passion (S1 E5/6), Saturday 27th September, BBC4

A young girl sitting at a table opens a parcel and is overjoyed to find a novel. She shakes its leaves apart expectantly and when she finds there is nothing else within the book she looks stricken. She goes walking through the snowy landscape outside and wades Ophelia-like into a nearby lake. So far, so intriguing;…

Why The Driver was pure noir

My favourite sub-genre of crime drama is noir. Aside from the stylistic characteristics (dark streets lit by neon-signs, deep shadows etc), the thematic motifs are the things that really interest me when it comes to crime drama or crime fiction. The BBC’s new three-part series – The Driver – displayed both elements of noir with…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E3/8), Wednesday 24th September, ITV

  As predicted here last week, the return of Prodigal Mom Sharon has reduced the life of Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) – which was starting to take an upward trajectory (at least career-wise) – to its default position of disarray in record time. Sharon, the magnificent shambles who somehow birthed our just-promoted Det Sgt, rolls in…

Grantchester and Lewis series premiere dates confirmed by ITV

Ah yes, autumn. Welcome. Come on in with your dying trees and your crunchy leaves, your harsh sunlight and your attractive shades of deep reds, yellows and mahogany. And your television, of course. Please come in with your television. ITV announced today (here) that a new series of Endeavour is in the works for 2015,…

Endeavour renewed for third series by ITV

Today has been a busy old day, and the news that ITV has renewed Endeavour for a third series means it just gets busier. As a prequel to the much-revered Inspector Morse, Endeavour debuted in 2012 with a feature length story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Morse. Shaun Evans played the young Morse, and the…

Jamie Dornan says playing Paul Spector in The Fall “scarred him”

There’s much excitement as the PR machine for the second series of The Fall cranks into action. The cogs beginning to turn means one thing – it is imminent. One of the crime drama hits of last year, it pitted the glacial DSI Stella Gibson (an incredible Gillian Anderson) against terrifying serial strangler Paul Spector in…

Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell confirmed by HBO for True Detective 2

I wanted to wait for this until it was totally, 100 per cently confirmed by HBO because, frankly, I’m fed up of writing about the casting rumour merry-go-round that has accompanied the lead up to series two of True Detective. Now I seriously loved the first series but have not enjoyed the constant casting rumours…

Six Must-see new US crime dramas this autumn

  The nights are drawing in, which can only mean one thing. It’s autumn. Or fall if you’re American. It also means that here’s a new batch of crime dramas about to start in the US, which will inevitable make their way over to the UK at some point in the future. That’s two things. With a…

Review: Crimes Of Passion (S1 E4/6), Saturday 20th September, BBC4

The time lapses between episodes in this series are undefined but they would seem pretty lengthy. Our sleuthing lovers Einar and Puck Bure are now obviously falling into a lull after about two years of marriage, the stage at which couples are over the first flush of romance and are beginning to question the wisdom…

First image from Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime revealed by BBC

A few months ago we ran a story detailing the BBC’s plans for Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary next year (read it here). It had signed a new deal with Christie’s estate to make new adaptations, the top-line being Agatha Christie’s married couple Tommy and Tuppence to life in a brand-new six-part adventure series for the channel. Filming…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E2/8), Wednesday 17th September, ITV

It had to happen; Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones), deliriously happy after being promoted last week, began to unravel mentally in double-quick time in the second episode. The pressure of her sudden and ill-advised elevation to the rank of detective sergeant saw her jackbooting around the nick like a Top Shop-clad SS officer. Not the kind of…