ITV announces new episodes of Scott And Bailey



While Happy Valley is now hogging all the headlines, Sally Wainwright’s other crime drama, Scott And Bailey, rolls along nicely and produces solid drama in every episode. The good news is that the show’s home channel, ITV, has announced that it’s coming back for more, but on a limited basis.

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Trailer: Ripper Street, season three



When Ripper Street was initially canned by the BBC, a surfeit of fans on the internet went into full-on angry mode. They wailed, they gnashed their teeth and they wept into their frock coats. They also wrote letters, tweeted tweets and set-up petitions. We all know what happened next – Amazon stepped in to part fund a third series, and the fruits of the co-pro ended up on the internet portal first earlier this year. Now it’s the turn of the BBC and the new, third series starts tonight. There’s a trailer after the jump. Continue reading

Review: Hannibal (S3 E8/13), Wednesday 29th July, Sky Living

If you only know Hannibal from the movies, not the books or this TV series, everything up to now has been a prequel; for you, the real story probably begins here. Because as scary as Hannibal is in the outside world, he’s almost scarier where he’s more familiarly seen, in a cage. Last week we saw the culmination of two-and-a-half seasons of groundwork, with Mason Verger dead, Hannibal captured, and Will Graham apparently free of Hannibal’s influence. But such is Will’s infatuation with Hannibal, that this situation cannot last. All it needs to draw the two together again is a catalyst, and this comes in the form of the Red Dragon.

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Review: The Interceptor (S1 E8/8), Wednesday 29th July, BBC1


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With UNIT’s target finally identified as the looming Roach (Trevor Eve), The Interceptor gears up for its finale. Can it get any more ridiculous and implausible on its last lap? While there’s no improvement in the dialogue, which is as clunky and clichéd as ever, there are some twisty developments in the plot, which takes on Shakespearean overtones. As Ash and Tommy stake out Roach, Casby’s doing his Iago act, sowing internal dissent in Roach’s crew. Continue reading

Review: Witnesses (S1 E2/6), Wednesday 29th July, Channel 4



Last week’s first episode of Witnesses was so grotesque in its premise, its characters so engaging and the pacing and plotting almost perfect, it was impossible not to be hugely impressed by it. It set itself up as a really dark and gritty procedural, mixing Scandinavian influences with the French’s current penchant for superb crime drama. What wasn’t to like about that? Continue reading

Review: Jordskott (S1 E8/10), Wednesday 29th July, ITV Encore


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If episode seven was anything to go by, we’re very definitely into the home straight of this strange, ridiculous, brilliant and addictive Swedish thriller. If that episode had more big reveals than you could shake a bottle of Essence Of Forest at, episode eight reverted back to something slightly less manic – it was a nice mix of simmering tension and slight cliffhanger. Now Eva Thörnblad is part of The Parasite Club, there are still plenty of questions remain, principally: when are we going to meet Muns, the King Of The Forest, and is he a character we know already? Continue reading

The 10 Most Influential Locations In Crime Drama


maxresdefaultWatching both True Detective and Jordskott has really brought it home to me – or at least reminded me – how much importance and influence a location or setting can have on a drama. I thought it might be fun to do a list-tastic feature to try and doff my cap to some of the most influential locations ever seen in crime dramas. I’m interested in those places that almost inform the drama and become a character themselves, not so much act as window dressing. So let’s get on with it… Continue reading