Review: Elementary (S3 E18/24), Tuesday 21st April, Sky Living

While Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes had sworn off the fairer sex – leading to all sorts of literary speculation about his proclivities – Elementary’s Sherlock has a rather too-much-information tendency to trumpet his bedroom athletics. So when he gets out the ‘sex blanket’ – yewww! – and books Watson three days in a luxury hotel,…

Review: Gotham (S1 E18/22), Monday 27th April, Channel 5

  In many ways, Gotham is like a Western – you get cowboys with white hats, cowboys with black hats, and the city-dwellers caught in the middle. Then a two-fisted sheriff rides into town to stand up and fight for what’s right – and Jim Gordon is that sheriff. Trouble is, the hats worn by…

Review: Safe House (S1 E2/4), Monday 27th April, ITV

Last week’s Safe House opener left me a bit cold. By the end of it I didn’t feel I had much of a connection with either Chris Eccleston’s traumatised ex-copper Robert and his wife Katy (Marsha Thomason) who were running the safe house in the middle of the Lake District, or the grumpy and ungrateful…

First image from Line Of Duty 3 released, more cast announced

It’s always exciting when a new series starts to take shape, especially when it’s something as good as Line Of Duty. Jed Mercurio’s teeth-grindingly tense mega-hit saw both Lennie James and subsequently Keeley Hawes take on the ambiguous roles of characters who were investigated by the AC-12 department. We already know that Daniel Mays plays…

Interview: Martin Shaw, Inspector George Gently

This Wednesday (29th April) the seventh series of Inspector George Gently starts up, comprising four, new, feature-length episodes. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of Newky Brown but it’s one of my favourites, blending as it does police procedural with social realism and shifting cultural sands of the late 1960s. Here, one half of the…

Review: Vera (S5 E4/4), Sunday 26th April, ITV

When much-loved family man and all-round pillar of the community Owen Thorne does a header off a multi-storey car park after picking up his foster daughter Lila from her school prom, no one can throw light on who could have such a beef with him. Even more puzzling, he has bruising consistent with a previous…

Review: The Mentalist (S7 E11/13), Thursday 23rd April, Channel 5

After last week’s shock death of puppyish agent Michelle Vega, a pall of gloom has settled over The Mentalist. Jane’s dread of losing Lisbon in the same way has prompted him to leave, and there’s no telling whether his love for her will be enough to overcome his fear of being hurt. If this were…

Mark Billingham announces new BBC adaptations of two novels

If you’re a UK crime drama or fiction fan, the name Mark Billingham will be familiar to you. The author of 20 novels (or around that number), he’s one of the country’s best and most-read. And, if anyone’s been to the annual Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing festival in Harrogate you’ll know he’s a top…

Review: Elementary (S3 E18/24), Tuesday 21st April, Sky Living

While Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes had sworn off the fairer sex – leading to all sorts of literary speculation about his proclivities – Elementary’s Sherlock has a rather too-much-information tendency to trumpet his bedroom athletics. So when he gets out the ‘sex blanket’ – yewww! – and books Watson three days in a luxury hotel,…

Mark Gatiss reveals more details for Sherlock ‘Victorian’ episode

There was much speculation when images that seemed to show Sherlock Holmes and John Watson dressed up in Victorian clobber surfaced earlier on this year, referencing this year’s Sherlock Christmas special. Some thought it was a joke, some thought it might be a fancy dress episode and some others had even more outlandish theories. It was…

Review: Safe House (S1 E1/4), Monday 20th April, ITV

Monday nights on ITV have turned into Michael Crompton night. For the past two weeks I really enjoyed his adaptation of true story Code Of A Killer, but now the writer turns his attention to an entirely fictional four-parter. Starring Christopher Eccleston and Marsha Thomason, it’s the story of an ex-copper and his wife trying to…