Review: Stonemouth (S1 E2/2), Thursday 18th June, BBC2

The second part of this adaptation of Iain Banks’s penultimate novel needed to be better than the first. Of that there’s no doubt. I do have to put my hands up and admit that I got something wrong in my review of that first instalment – I said that episode hadn’t revealed why Stewart Gilmore (Christian…

Interview: Sheridan Smith, Black Work

While True Detective gets all the headlines, there’s a new three-part British crime drama starting on Sunday night (20th June). It stars Sheridan Smith – one of Britain’s best young actresses – as Leeds police constable Jo Gillespie, who’s coming to terms with the death of her undercover policeman husband, Ryan. As she battles to stay…

Five things I want to see in season two of True Detective

Obviously Nic Pizzolatto can do what he likes, but because I was such a huge fan of the first series of True Detective, flaws and all, this post is more about stoking my own excitement than anything else. If you needed a reminder, series two of True Detective starts on Monday (21st June) and I…

Review: Jordskott (S1 E2/10), Wednesday 17th June, ITV Encore

So Jordskott then. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher. For 57 minutes of its opening episode it proved to be an intriguing, dark and capable crime drama, using its Scandinavian roots (no pun intended) to permeate a feeling of isolation and dread throughout a small, isolated and rural Swedish community. It did this well. But…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E2/13), Wednesday 17th June, Sky Living

With the season opener making only passing reference to putative hero Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), we were left to wonder at the character’s fate after the massacre concluding season two. Hannibal may find his relationship with Graham no substitute for the sort of therapy he gets from Bedelia Du Maurier, but there’s no doubt that…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E2/8), Wednesday 17th June, BBC1

Forget our increasingly tiresome hero ‘Ash’ Ashton (O-T Fagbenle), the real star of The Interceptor, a slapstick farrago of almost every bad 1970s cop series, is Trevor Eve. We haven’t seen nearly enough of him yet. As drugs kingpin Roach, he bestrides the screen like the Colossus of Rhodes – well, the Colossus of Pringle in…

The Bridge creator Hans Rosenfeldt pens new crime drama for ITV

We all know how good The Bridge has been for two series (and hopefully a third when it comes back to UK screens early next year), but for the team responsible for the show the world doesn’t stop just because its mega-hit has finished filming. Oh no. This morning ITV announced that Hans Rosenfeldt has…

Trailer: Murder In The First, FOX

Blimey, what a week for crime drama here in the UK. We’ve had new series of The Interceptor (review here), Hannibal (review here) and Jordskott (review here), and that was just Wednesday. Yesterday was Stonemouth, and tonight… it’s almost easy to forget that over on digital channel FOX there’s the second series of Murder In…

Nordicana report: Sofia Helin on season three of The Bridge

Last year the Nordicana festival played host to stars from Borgen, The Killing and Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia from The Bridge, then just before the series two finale was due to be screened on BBC4. There were also screenings from Scandinavian films and TV shows. It was a Scandi lover’s wet dream and this year,…

Review: Stonemouth (S1 E1/2), Thursday 11th June, BBC2

Stonemouth isn’t your usual crime drama, in so far that there aren’t any police procedural elements to it. Instead, and like the 1996 series, The Crow Road, Stonemouth is about a young man returning to his hometown and solving a mystery. The Crow Road was not only one of my favourite books, but also a…