Review: The Missing (S1 E4/8), Tuesday 18th November, BBC1

As good and as wrought and as thrilling as The Missing has been in places, I’ve been finding it hard to make an emotional connection with it. Which is a strange thing to say when you consider the emotional storyline it starts with. I’ll be writing a separate post on this in the near future…

Review: Gotham (S1 E5/22), Monday 17th November, Channel 5

This week’s episode starts with a flashback to 10 years ago, when a slightly less slobbish and cynical Bullock puts an end to the murderous career of a masked loon who calls himself The Spirit of the Goat. Despite being warned that Gotham is no city for heroes, Bullock goes ahead and perforates the murderer, losing…

British actors land role in True Detective 2

It looks like things are finally taking shape with regards to series two of True Detective. And it’s about time – there was a time during the summer when every week seemed to belch up some casting rumour or another. Now we have some interesting talent news, with two apparent additions very close to home.

Supernatural-tinged crime drama set for ITV Encore

ITV Encore – ITV’s recently launched home for repeat showings of its most recent crime drama (which, let’s face it, doesn’t exactly distinguish itself from ITV3) – has announced that two new original drama series, one of which is an intriguing-sounding crime drama. While a new Frankenstein series, starring Sean Bean, has been grabbing the headlines, our…

Broadchurch 2 set for January, new trailers released

There’s a raft of news items to get through (well, three), so let’s get straight to it. Currently, one of the biggest questions in British crime drama is: when is the second series of Broadchurch coming back?. The award-winning drama, starring Olivia Colman and David Tennant, caught the nation’s imagination as it grew and grew…

Review: Lewis (S8 E6/6), Friday 14th November, ITV

As DC Maddox (Angela Griffin) lies in hospital, hovering between life and death after having been skewered in the head with a roof slater’s hammer, all Lewis (Kevin Whateley) and Hathaway (Laurence Fox) seem to be able to do is squabble. Lewis, now retired but called back into action as a consultant by Chief Supt Innocent…

Review: The Fall (S2 E1/6), Thursday 13th November, BBC2

I’ll admit it; the first series of The Fall was not an easy watch for me – nor, I suspect, for many others in the female contingent of the audience. Not only did it tap into the primal fear of any woman who has spent any time living alone – one of having your supposedly…

Review: The Missing (S1 E3/8), Tuesday 11th November, BBC1

Apologies for the delay, but things have been busy here at The Day Job. Last night’s third episode of The Missing – now attracting almost six million viewers per episode – is really starting to ramp up the action. We have a son abducted, a relationship falling apart, suspects galore being pegged and two timelines’…

Review: Gotham (S1 E5/22), Monday 10th November, Channel 5

As we get down to the nitty-gritty of the pre-Batman Gotham City – more about corruption and conspiracy than capes and cowls – it’s good to know that the traditional sources of criminal revenue are still well to the fore. As a drugs spree hits the streets, Gordon and Bullock find themselves tackling some formidably pumped-up street types, while…

Review: Lewis (S8 E5/6), Friday 7th November, ITV

The creative minds working on Lewis seems to have been trawling through more TV box sets because somehow the final two-parter of this series has morphed into a more genteel version of Fox’s US crime drama The Following. OK, instead of Kevin Bacon’s washed-up, dry-drunk, ex-FBI agent we have nice retired DI Lewis (Kevin Whateley), and…

Review: The Missing (S1 E2/8), Tuesday 4th November, BBC1

The first episode of The Missing absolutely caught people’s imaginations (it scored over five million viewers). And no wonder – a subject as emotive and stirring as a child going missing is every parent’s worst nightmare (as well as non parents). Throw in the thrill of a (potential) murder hunt and suddenly you have an…

Review: Gotham (S1 E4/22), Monday 3rd November, Channel 5

Another major character in Batman lore is introduced in this episode; no, not a caped crusader or a vile villain, but a building. A very spooky, gothic building, at that – Arkham Asylum. Introduced into the Batman comics unicerse as a place where the Dark Knight’s more batty opponents could be incarcerated, Arkham has taken on a…