After a summer of turbulence and sport – a LOT of sport – we can finally hunker down in front of our Bakelites to get stuck into more new crime drama than you can shake a bloody knife at. There has been the odd spark during the summer (Banshee, Matrioshki, Perception, the return of Rizzoli & Isles, Gamorrah and Crimes Of Passion et al), but now, with autumn fast approaching, things are starting to move again. And move again they do from tonight – in the next couple of weeks there’s loads of stuff to keep us entertained and appalled. Read on!
When anybody says ‘teen drama’ some people tend to switch off immediately. It happened to Skins and just about any drama on BBC Three provokes the same reaction. But get past the snobbery and there’s actually a lot to like in this genre, and one of the hottest writers in the business Jack Thorne – who has written for things like the aforementioned Skins, This Is England ’86, This Is England ’88 and the hugely underrated The Fades – is back, this time turning his focus to crime drama. The good news is that Glue is terrific stuff – achingly contemporary, finger right on the pulse and an exploration into what can happen to a group of friends who try to get to grips when one of their own is murdered. And now we know when it’s on.