Review: True Detective (S2 E2/8), Monday 29th June, Sky Atlantic

It’s almost a relief that last week’s first episode of the second series of True Detective has been and gone, because the fall-out from that episode was beginning to drive me mad. It was so eagerly awaited everyone, and I mean everyone, seemed to have an opinion on it (including, let’s be fair, me and…

Review: Black Work (S1 E2/3), Sunday 28th June, ITV

This ITV three-parter, starring Sheridan Smith, has turned out to be an unexpectedly well constructed, noirish tale of paranoia and hidden identities. After last week’s first episode, where WPC Jo Gillespie (Smith) found out her freshly murdered copper husband was, in fact, an undercover officer who had been working on a case to bring a gun-trading gang…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E3/8), Wednesday 24th June 24, BBC1

The everyday story of Central London drug-smuggling folk continues apace, drawing in every creed, race and colour with its tentacles. This week’s fall guys are (tick another ethnic minority box) a corner shop-owning South Asian family of spotless repute who fall into the clutches of the central criminal conspiracy being tracked by the Unit –…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E3/13), Wednesday 24th June, Sky Living

We’re reeling from the news that Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC – apparently the last episode will air in the US on September 3rd, which at least implies that season three will reach the end of its 13-episode run. Speculation is that the axe has been wielded due to falling ratings, along with licensing difficulties…

Review: Jordskott (S1 E3/10), Wednesday 24th June, ITV Encore

So we’re two episodes into what could have been the next great Scandinavian crime drama, but instead we’re teetering on the edge of the supernatural genre, with plant-based humans with roots for fingers creeping around the place. For police investigator Eva Thörnblad, who has returned to her hometown not only to deal with her father’s…

Stephen Mangan to play Houdini in new ITV Conan Doyle drama

We’ve just had an ITV drama featuring Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but now the network has announced that it is returning to the 19th literary boss for more fictional stories. Like Arthur & George, Conan Doyle gets a partner in solving crime, but not quite the person you would imagine – the…

Trailer: FX releases first trailer for season two of Fargo

As you probably all know by now, one of this site’s favourite crime dramas from 2014 was the superb Fargo, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, and loosely based on the 1996 film by the Coen brothers. The fact that the show’s US home network, FX, has released a trailer today is nicely timed…

Review: True Detective (S2 E1/8), Monday 22nd June, Sky Atlantic

It seems so long ago that Rust Cohle and Marty Hart stumbled wide-eyed into Carcosa to take down The Yellow King. By that stage True Detective had become a huge hit and had ignited theorists all over the internet to speculate daily on the nature of those totems, the location of Carcosa and the identity of…

Review: Black Work (S1 E1/3), Sunday 21st June, ITV

It’s impossible to know how anyone would react if a partner died suddenly. The grief and shock must be crushing. You must hold onto those last few moments you spent with them, and replay the last words you spoke to them. Were they loving words? Was it an argument? Every last word is reviewed and replayed. What…