Review: The Fall (S2 E3/6), Thursday 27th November, BBC2

The game-playing has begun in earnest and quite clearly these adversaries locked in a deadly game of cat and mouse – Det Supt Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) – are well matched in the psychopathic stakes. Courtesy of Spector’s unrivalled ability to move wraith-like through the world unseen like…

What can we deduce from the new Sherlock image?

We’re not exactly being spoiled with new episodes of BBC blockbuster Sherlock. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have been otherwise engaged with the likes of Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Hobbit, Fargo and The Imitation Game, and it’s not surprising that it’s difficult for them to fit Sherlock into their schedules. So we will have to…

Review: Elementary (S3 E3/24), Tuesday 25th November, Sky Living

Mathematician Harlan Emple (Rich Sommer, last seen in the episode ‘Solve for X’) returns in this episode in which Holmes tries to encourage a closer bond between Watson and Kitty. Emple, an eccentric who likes to solve mathematics problems with his shirt off, is taking part in a complex online mathematics puzzle involving a number known…

ITV greenlights season two of Grantchester

ITV today confirmed commission of a second series of Grantchester, again starring James Norton and Robson Green. It was a funny series. Full of gentle amateur sleuthing, it was set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire hamlet of Grantchester. Full of bucolic vistas and beautiful, 1950s period detail I was expecting to love it. While it was an…

Review: The Missing (S1 E5/8), Tuesday 25th November, BBC1

After the initial teeth-gnashing emotion of the first episode – where Tony and Emily Hughes were coming to terms with the disappearance of their young son Oliver – I’ve felt this drama has taken a while to get going. Yes, it has been super-tense in places, but the dual timeline approach has seemed to stunt this drama’s…

Cast confirmed for True Detective 2

Last week I wrote a news story that tried to tie up the casting details for the second series of HBO’s True Detective. The whole casting rumour merry-go-round had merrily spun for what seemed like an eternity, and although last week’s news was actually bang-on, it wasn’t actually fully confirmed. Until now.

Review: Gotham (S1 E7/22), Monday 24th November, Channel 5

As the return from the dead of Oswald Cobblepot kicks off this week’s episode, Fish Mooney’s cry of ‘He’s ALIVE!?’ reminds us irresistibly of Brian Blessed’s utterance in Flash Gordon. Cobblepot, you’ll recall, was supposed to have been offed by Jim Gordon, who spared him in an act of compassion he may live to regret….

Review: The Fall (S2 E2/6), Thursday 20th November, BBC2

Det Supt Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is feeling her ice-cool façade slipping. And her still-haughty demeanour is doing nothing to dissuade us from the suspicion that she is slowly unravelling in her duel with the killer who revels in hiding in plain sight. In fact, for someone who one would assume has a fairly sedentary…

BBC announces new crime drama for 2015

It was a busy old day over at the Beeb yesterday (Wednesday 18th November). Not only did DG Tony Hall and Controller Of Drama Ben Stephenson get everyone into a lather by announcing two new episodes of Luther, they also announced more new crime drama for 2015. This announcement included news about a second series…

Luther gets two new episodes for 2015, and a US remake

One of the best loved British detective dramas was in the news yesterday. Not only was it revealed that Luther was to get US version, but yesterday evening (Wednesday 19th November), the BBC’s DG, Tony Hall, and Controller Of Drama, Ben Stephenson, announced at an industry powwow that the British versions was to get a…

Review: Elementary (S3 E2/24), Tuesday 18th November, Sky Living

Spotters of Conan Doyle references will have no problems with the massive clues dished out early on in this episode, The Five Orange Pipz. The pointers are all towards The Five Orange Pips, in which the drama revolves around sinister messages and a locked trunk full of incriminating papers from America, and Holmes untypically loses…

Review: Elementary (S3 1/24), Tuesday 11th November, Sky Living

Editor’s note: We’ve got Chris onboard covering Elementary, but due to an, ahem, administrative error, his review of last week’s opening episode didn’t go up. So here it is, soon to be followed by his look at episode two. As you were. Ahhh, Elementary. Sometimes unfairly dismissed as ‘that Yank attempt to do a Sherlock’,…