Here’s something I never thought I’d write about on this site: there’s a crime, or more specifically, noir episode of Casualty tomorrow night (Saturday 11th July). For our overseas readers, Casualty is a doughty medical drama that has been trundling along on Saturday nights on British television for 30 years. And tomorrow there’s a special noir episode of the show tomorrow featuring shadowy, stylised camerawork and a femme fatale to boot. I kid you not.
Anything Sherlock related is big news and there has been a flurry of activity within the confines of 221b Baker Street during the past few days, or San Diego’s Comic-Con to be precise. As fans of crime drama you must know by now that this Christmas episode (as Steven Moffat has confirmed it will be) will be set in the Victorian/Edwardian era. None of this modern 21st century nonsense – it’s all old school, complete with deerstalkers, pipes and excellent moustaches. Here’s the first trailer (more of a clip actually), and it looks marvellous.
For superb Scottish crime author Val McDermid, Dead Clever represents her second radio drama after last year’s Deadheading. Fitting snugly into Radio 4’s 15 Minute Drama slot, McDermid showcased her deftness in the genre, as well as all the warmth and humour we’ve come to expect and admire about her. That first instalment in the Dead… series (made by the always excellent Savvy Productions, makers of Craven) introduced us to down to earth DCI Alma Blair (Julie Hesmondhalgh) and her partner DS Jason Trotter (John Hollingworth), and the likeable pairing has returned for a new five-episode story, which has played out across this week.