Review: Elementary (S3 E23/24), Tuesday 26th May, Sky Living

Someone on the Elementary writing team sure likes bees. From a single mention in the Conan Doyle canon of the retired Holmes taking up bee-keeping, Elementary’s Sherlock has developed an obsession with the pollinating pests that borders on the obsessive. So, we’re long overdue for this apicultural episode, in which colony collapse turns to murder. …

Review: Gotham (S1 E22/22), Monday 25th May, Channel 5

Last we saw, Barbara Keane had been saved from serial killer The Ogre, but probably lost her marbles in the process; Penguin had kicked off a gang war between Maroni and Falcone, with his own elevation in mind; Ed Nygma had gone seriously tonto, and Fish Mooney, escaped from Dr Dulmacher’s island, was nowhere to…

Review: No Offence (S1 E3/8), Tuesday 19th May, Channel 4

It’s not often a wedding cake is decorated with a swastika, but then it’s not often the bridegroom is nicked on suspicion of a murderous racist arson attack at his wedding reception. DI Deering doesn’t hesitate to take a bite out of the fascist fondant before bringing proceedings to a halt, and suspect Jimmy Webb has…

Review: Elementary (S3 E22/24), Tuesday 19th May, Sky Living

If there’s one thing Sherlock hates, it’s corporations. We don’t quite know why – maybe it’s just because Daddy owns one. But, in any case where a megacorp is involved, you can bet top execs twisted by greed will turn out to be the villains. No exception this week.

Review: Gotham (S1 E21/22), Monday 18th May, Channel 5

The thing about Gotham is that you can never quite tell who’s going to turn out to be a villain (well, unless you’re very well versed in Bat-lore, and maybe not even then). Okay, we know Selina Kyle has turned killer and taken the path towards becoming Catwoman; and Ed Nygma has finally flipped, slaughtered…

Review: No Offence (S1 E2/8), Tuesday 12th May, Channel 4

After a hugely enjoyable first episode and the introduction of some endearing, fearsome coppers, we were onto the second story of this eight-part, Paul Abbott series. I’ve read some reviews around the place that suggest that No Offence doesn’t know what it is quite supposed to be – on the one hand there’s incendiary comedy, and on…

Review: Elementary (S3 E20), Tuesday 5th May, Sky Living

Last week the plot centred on Captain Gregson’s daughter Hannah, and showed that promising individuals don’t always perform as expected. This week seems set on proving that the opposite can also be true. It’s also quite the most brutal episode of Elementary yet, so hang on to your lunch. 

Megan Abbott Adapting Dare Me For HBO

It’s all kicking off in Megan Abbott’s world at the moment. The brilliant crime and thriller writer is already at work writing a screenplay for her most recent novel, The Fever, for MTV (read our story here), and in that story I waxed lyrical about her skills – she’s surely one of the best contemporary…

Trailer: Minority Report, Fox

A while back we reported that US network Fox was adapting a TV version of Steven Spielberg’s hit sci-fi crime caper, Minority Report, for the small screen. Fox has had a bit of a recent history with futuristic crime dramas – it recently played out the enjoyable but short-lived series Almost Human – and this one looks…

Review: Gotham (S1 E20/22), Monday 11th May, Channel 5

What with Fish Mooney escaping from The Island of Dr Dulmacher, Bruce Wayne pressing ahead with plans to expose Waynecorp, and Penguin planning the assassination of Don Maroni, events in Gotham are coming to a head – but for Jim Gordon, the real and imminent threat is The Ogre, the serial sex-killer whose signature is…

Review: No Offence (S1 E1/8), Tuesday 5th May, Channel 4

There’s no doubt that Paul Abbott is one of the country’s best writers, and he’s had previous when it’s come to crime drama. He created the exceptional State Of Play (still one of the very best after all this time), US series Touching Evil and the transgender hitman series Hit & Miss. But he’s perhaps…

Review: Elementary (S3 E20/24), Tuesday 5th May, Sky Living

The circle of people Sherlock Holmes might call friends is a small one, but he does seem willing to extend it to family members. In some cases, such as Joan Watson’s mother, it works out well; in others – well, let’s just say that the example of Sherlock’s own family ought to have taught him…