Review: Fortitude (S1 E1/11), Thursday 29th January, Sky Atlantic

If you read our raft of Fortitude interviews (go here for all our coverage) to a person each interviewee was keen to mention that going to Iceland was a major factor in them taking the job. Iceland, that magical isle full of strange lights in the sky, myths and gods, incredible natural beauty and obscenely-priced…

Review: Death In Paradise (S4 E4/8), Thursday 29th January, BBC1

In the bizarre world of Death In Paradise, nice, white, middle-class people seem to come to the island of Sainte Marie mainly with the intention of committing a murder, after which they presumably plan to fly home and show everyone their holiday snaps. No-one ever seems to interact with the islanders, either to commit a…

Interview: Stanley Tucci, Fortitude

This is the final Fortitude interview we’re carrying on The Killing Times (I can just sense people on starting to dance on tables), and you’ll be very glad all this hype will soon be over. The 11-part Sky Atlantic series starts tonight (Thursday 29th January) and aside from the likes of Sir Michael Gambon (our…

The Pinkertons coming to Drama in the UK

We do like a period crime drama here on The Killing Times. Ripper Street, Murdoch Mysteries, Mr Whicher all add a welcome twist of gritty and grimy Victoriana to proceedings. We’ve heard the word ‘pinkerton’ in series like Ripper Street and Murdoch Mysteries, and I’ve always thought a show that told the stories of this…

Interview: Sofie Gråbøl, Fortitude

Sofie Gråbøl need no introduction, but I’m going to give her one anyway. An accomplished screen and theatre actress in her native Denmark, she gained global fame with her superb portrayal of Sarah Lund in three series of the genre-defining The Killing. In Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude she stars as a local councillor, in the midst…

Interview: Christopher Eccleston, Fortitude

Christopher Eccleston is one of country’s most recognisable actors, known for playing intense, gritty roles. And Doctor Who. And here he is popping up in Sky Atlantic’s new, 11-part crime drama, Fortitude, which starts this Thursday (29th January). Christopher plays Professor Charlie Stoddart, stationed on Iceland to head up the Arctic Research Centre. He suddenly finds…

Review: Broadchurch (S2 E4/8), Monday 26th January, ITV

After last week’s improvement, I had hopes that once we had reached the half-way point in Broadchurch it would have reeled me back in again. We saw last week that things had flipped slightly (well, a lot). Lee Ashworth became a good (ish) guy, having revealed he had been trying to clear his name by…

Review: Spiral (S5 E5&6/12), Saturday 24th January, BBC4

Although this series of Spiral hasn’t attempted to tackle Big Issues such as immigration or terrorism (although they’re always on the fringes), it has still full of twists and shocks, and has ramped up the personal pressure on the protagonists to an almost painful degree. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now –…

Hannibal reveals trailer for season three

Hannibal is one of our favourite shows. Its trippy, nightmarish fug and addictive cat-and-mouse game between Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Special Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is pitch perfect. It also supplies surely the most gruesome imagery on television, and leaves us with lots of disturbing stuff to try and get out of our heads before…

Interview: Neil Dudgeon, Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders is one of those hardy perennials. It just keeps going and going. There’s something reassuring about the gentile, very British setting, although it does, on occasion (ok, ALL THE TIME), stretch the bounds of credibility. After all, who would want to live in a village where half the population gets bumped off in…

Interview: Sienna Guillory, Fortitude

Sienna Guillory has always been worth a watch. She has the willowy physical make-up and deportment that belies her modelling background and as an actress she’s always seemed to gravitate to firecracker roles. She too is no stranger to crime drama thanks to her appearance in the final series of Luther, but here she is in…

Interview: Sir Michael Gambon, Fortitude

A quick warning: this site is going to go big on Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude in the next few days ahead of its launch on Thursday (29th January). Set in Iceland, It boasts a cast many dramas can only dream of – Sofie Gråbøl, Richard Dormer, Jessica Raine, Sienna Guillory, Christopher Eccelston… the list goes on. Oh,…