Review: Broadchurch (S2 E8/8), Monday 23rd February, ITV

I’ve had a bit of a break from things during the past few weeks, and I’ve picked a fine time to rejoin the fray – it’s Broadchurch finale time. If this second series has polarised people, we also all know that final episodes are subjective affairs where writers are damned if they do and damned…

Images from True Detective 2 released

In the midst of the Oscars, the Broadchurch finale and everything else happening in TV land, our favourite crime drama from last year, True Detective, has been quietly going about its business and merrily shooting scenes for its second series. Which, of course, was in stark contrast to late last year when the rumour mill…

Rowan Atkinson to play Maigret in new ITV version

Well, this news came out of the blue. One of the most revered British actors in the comedy arena – Rowan Atkinson – is to don the heavy coat and pipe of Georges Simenon’s classic fictional detective, Jules Maigret, in two new ITV adaptations. First seen in print in 1931, Maigret went onto to feature…

Review: The Mentalist (S7 E2/13), Thursday 19th February, Channel 5

In its final season, The Mentalist toys with some new story formats. This week Jane’s on the outside, as Lisbon goes undercover. How will the loved-up couple cope with prison bars between them? You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve switched to the wrong channel, as this episode starts with that most un-Mentalist of standards,…

First Look: Arthur & George, ITV

Last week I went to ITV to watch a screening of Arthur & George – the network’s three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’s best-selling novel. I haven’t read the book, but I was aware of the premise – in the wake of his wife’s death, Sherlock creator Arthur Conan Doyle takes on a case of his…

Review: Elementary (S3 E9/24), Tues 17th Feb, Sky Living

Right, we back on track and safely aligned to the correct transmission dates and the like. And with this week’s episode we have to ask ourselves: Are drugs bad for you? Well, they certainly are in this case, one in which Sherlock tackles a talking car alarm and the deadly threat of boredom. Sherlock has been…

Review: Elementary (S3 E8/24), Tues 10th Feb, Sky Living

We’re back with Elementary after a short break for Christmas (and New Year, and January) and we join the action as Sherlock’s sobriety is challenged when a fellow addict starts posting his thoughts on a website called BrainAttic, so he’s distracted from the killing of a policeman whose gun turned out to be a toy….

Review: Spiral (S5 E11&12/12), Saturday 14th February, BBC4

As this series comes to its climax, there are critical questions to be answered both in the double-murder case, and in the tangled relationships of the cops, the lawyers and the politicians. Although we’re most concerned with Laure Berthaud and her pregnancy, there are opportunities for disaster around every corner. 

Review: The Mentalist, S7 E1/13, Thursday 12th February, Channel 5

The Mentalist reaches its final season with a new dynamic and some new faces. But will Patrick Jane find happiness with Teresa Lisbon, or will the tension of their FBI roles force them apart? It’s been a long journey for The Mentalist, from a quirky comedy thriller to a darker, more psychological drama. Never particularly original…

Review: Death In Paradise (S4 E6/8), Thursday 12th February, BBC1

With recently elevated DS Florence proving herself every bit as able in support as her predecessor, Humphrey can be confident that his bumbling won’t undermine the smooth running of the St Marie police. But will new boy JP bring anything fresh to the team?

Review: Spiral S5 E9&10/12, Saturday 7th February, BBC4

Although we’ll never get over the death of lovely lawyer Pierre Clément, it’s back to business as usual for the frazzled French cops of Spiral, as the plot to nab the dangerous Zach comes to fruition, Gilou faces disciplinary action (and not the good sort), and Berthaud comes to terms with her pregnancy.