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. Advertisements

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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

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…

The 10 Most Influential Locations In Crime Drama

Watching 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…

Netflix releases trailer and new artwork for Narcos

And for Netflix’s next trick… the internet portal has become renowned for high-quality drama series and releasing episodes all at once so people can watch whole series in one sitting. The next big series to start on the portal, Narcos, chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the…

Alibi confirms return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries for third season

One of the more fun crime dramas out there is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Set and made in Australia, it’s based on Kerry Greenwood’s novels and is brilliant entertainment. It revolves around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), a glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne. Essie Davis is perfectly cast as Phryne, possessing…

Review: True Detective (S2 E6/8), Monday 27th July, Sky Atlantic

I’m happy to admit that I wasn’t looking forward to this episode. Knowing HBO’s penchant for gratuitous nudity, the prospect of Ani Bezzerides going undercover at an Eyes Wide Shut-style sex party made me uneasy. I was expecting wall-to-wall, highly stylised cavorting the likes of which would make Game Of Thrones blush. Throughout these past…

BBC confirms transmission date for last series of New Tricks

Say what you like about New Tricks (and plenty of people have), but you can’t deny that it’s an absolute ratings juggernaut, consistently pulling in over eight million UK viewers per episode. Like the lamentable Death In Paradise (sorry, not a fan), there’s something formulaic and comforting about the series, which in this age of…