Review: Scott & Bailey (S8 E8/8), Wednesday 29th October, ITV

[Here be spoilers…] Things took a very gruesome turn for our lady cops last week. Now Janet (Lesley Sharp) and Rachel (Suranne Jones) have to deal with the fall-out from their discovery of the body on the moors near a dilapidated farm. Amazingly, their corner of Greater Manchester is the scene of 21st century slavery….

Review: The Missing (S1 E1/8), Tuesday 28th October, BBC1

I’ve been putting off writing about The Missing for a little while. Why? I just couldn’t bring myself to watch it for a few weeks. I had read the write-ups and the PR bumf with intrigue, and I had seen the interviews and the trailers. Reading the set-up gave me a heavy, sinking feeling; the…

Transmission date confirmed for season two of The Fall

It’s one of the most anticipated crime dramas of the year, and the good news is that the BBC has confirmed the transmission date for The Fall’s second series. The series – written and directed by Allan Cubitt – garnered a strong following during its first series thanks to some mesmerising performances by Gillian Anderson and…

Review: Lewis (S8, E3/6), Friday 24th October, ITV

Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) seems to be enjoying his hobby-bobbying stint; could it have anything to do with the increasing number of female police officers he finds himself working with these days? All right, perhaps his former boss Det Supt Innocent (Rebecca Front) is a bit too confrontational. When he was on the strength of Oxford…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E7/8), Wednesday 22nd October, ITV

[Here be spoilers…] We knew it would happen; Rachel’s inexperience and propensity for rushing in where angels fear to tread (and usually without backup) causes her to make a terrible error, placing both Janet (Lesley Sharp) and DC Chris Cowley (Danny Webb) in grave danger in this first half of the two- part series finale.

Review: Grantchester (S1 E3/6), Monday 20th October, ITV

Consider 1950s Grantchester. A bucolic oasis of tranquility where strict social mores are observed, emotions are suppressed and the British stiff upper lip is in full effect. Which is part of the idea of course – a place so supine isn’t supposed to have to deal with murder or mayhem of any kind. And the…

Review: Lewis (S8 E2/4), Friday 18th October, ITV

Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) seems to have become a more laid-back character since his official retirement. We can thank lovely Laura (Clare Holman) for that; all our morose hero really needed was her wholly clear-sighted, phlegmatic outlook on life. After all, she has by far the grosser job to do, but somehow she has always…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E6/8), Wednesday 16th October, ITV

It seems unlikely but Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) can cook. We would have put money on her fridge being empty save for a pack of cheese rolls well past their sell-by date. From the chaotic way she lives we’d have thought her idea of haute cuisine was eating a cold tin of beans with a…

Review: Grantchester (S1 E2/6), Monday 13th October, ITV

Last week’s first episode of Grantchester – a series based on the novels by James Runcie, son of the former archbishop Robert Runcie – was a mildly diverting, nicely played and staged period amateur sleuther that introduced us to a crime-solving village priest, played by Happy Valley’s James Norton. Enjoyable that is once you got…

Review: Lewis (S8 E1/6), Friday 10th October, ITV

In the opener for this valedictory run (well, it has a look of finality about it) of the dreaming spires police procedural the world has suddenly shifted on its axis; we have been flung into a topsy-turvy alternative universe where nothing makes sense anymore. It’s often said that little stands between Oxford and The Urals, but…

In The Heat Of The Night TV Series Coming To US Cable Channel Showtime

There seems to be a real trend in the US for channels – cable or otherwise – to delve into the ‘re-imagining’ market. Take FX’s Fargo – a superb series that managed to retain the tone and the look of the Coen brothers’ big-screen original while managing to construct an all-new story with new characters. We’ve also recently…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E5/8), Wednesday 8th October, ITV

Compelling basket-case Rachel Bailey (played with petulant panache by Suranne Jones) has to be the most spectacularly self-centred character on TV at the moment. And her selfishness, twinned with her steel-plated ego, will not allow her to brook any realisation that she is quite unsuited to high office in the police force – or being…