Review: Elementary (S3 E6/24), Tuesday 16th December, Sky Living

The map is certainly not the territory in this convoluted episode in which forgery, murder and gambling combine in a head-spinning mix, Holmes offers himself as a honey-trap, and Kitty is sent out to buy staples. Watson is back from her Danish escapade – she’s only been absent for one episode, so one wonders what…

Review: The Missing (S1 E8/8), Tuesday 16th December, BBC1

Like Broadchurch before it, The Missing has become the most talked about crime drama of the year. It has been a classic whodunit wrapped up in the emotive blanket of a child abduction case. So who did it? Why did they do it? And, crucially, what really happened to little Oliver Hughes?

Whodunit? The key suspects in The Missing

I’ve had my issues with The Missing (I’ll detail them more when I review the final episode) but there’s no denying that writers Harry and Jack Williams have done a good job of revealing just enough in each episode to keep us interested, and keeping enough concealed to make tonight’s finale (Tuesday 16th December) a…

Review: Gotham (S1 E10/22), Monday 15th December, Channel 5

If you’ve been waiting for an episode of Gotham which is truly action-packed, this is it; Bruce goes on the run, Alfred gets handy, Gordon gets strangled and Lovecraft gets what’s coming to him. This last episode before the mid-season hiatus had to up the stakes a bit, and that it surely does. We’ve had…

JK Rowling’s crime novels to be adapted by the BBC

JK Rowling caused a bit of storm when it was revealed that the writer Robert Galbraith was actually her in disguise. Whatever the media and industry reaction to the nom-de-plume, the Cormoran Strike novels have been widely acclaimed and proved that Rowling is adept at turning her hand to multiple genres. She wanted to keep the true…

Review: The Fall (S2 E5/6), Thursday 11th December, BBC1

TV previewers worked themselves up into a froth of expectation that this week’s episode would present us with a police interrogation room scene on a par with those blistering confrontations in Line Of Duty. But although it was at times tense and there was a fair bit of chasing around Belfast, in the end it was…

New Broadchurch trailer raises questions, gives hints

There was tremendous excitement yesterday when ITV released its schedule for the first week of January. In it – on Monday 5th January at 9pm – was Broadchurch. The second series has been shrouded in secrecy, but slowly details are starting to emerge. Soon after the scheduling announcement was made a new trailer followed, and,…

Kirsten Dunst announced for season two of Fargo

Fargo was one of this year’s best crime dramas. It had layer after layer of brilliant, dark, funny and desperate noir, all set in the pristine snow-bound wastelands of Minnesota. Noah Hawley did a fantastic job of extracting the essence of the Coen brothers’ darkly funny big-screen original, distilling the timbre and tone for the…

Review: Elementary (S3 E5/24), Tuesday 9th December, Sky Living

Is it possible to truly know another person? Is it even a worthwhile pursuit? Holmes asks himself those exact questions in this episode, which begins with the discovery of a severed hand in a puddle, and features the return of enigmatic tortoise Clyde.

Review: The Missing (S1 E7/8), Tuesday 9th December, BBC1

Three years after the disappearance of Oliver Hughes something else horrid happened in the region of Chalons Du Bois. In the blink of an eye another little boy was snatched from under the noses of their parents in a school car park. Only two miles from where Oliver was taken. Suddenly we were plunged into…

Review: Gotham (S1 E9/22), Monday 8th December, Channel 5

Another major character is introduced this episode as we meet Harvey Dent, the crusading DA who we know is fated to become the twisted Two-Face. The episode opens with Jim Gordon towing bratty Selina Kyle to his penthouse apartment, only to find a ‘Dear Jim’ note from fiancée Barbara. So he deposits Selina at Wayne Manor,…