The Bridge releases the first scene from series three online

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It’s fitting that the 600th post on this site features one of the best of the contemporary Scandinavian crime dramas, certainly one my personal favourites… The Bridge (or Broen if you will). With the third series immiment (in Sweden and Denmark, at least), PR and marketing activity has ramped up significantly over the past few weeks. We’ve had trailers, AMAs with Hans Rosenfeldt and now this… the release of the opening scene of the third series. Continue reading

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The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 31st August – Sunday 6th September)

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Aden Young - in the SundanceTV original series "Rectify" - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden

I write this on a Bank Holiday Monday. A really wet and miserable Bank Holiday Monday at the end of an August that has been pretty rubbish weather-wise. This means only one thing – might as well sit in front of the telly and watch loads of crime drama, which, thankfully, shows no sign of abating. There’s a big new American series this week, as well as lots more goodies. Look out for this week’s radio highlights, too – there’s lots of Agatha Christie and a new three-part drama. Continue reading

Review: Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime (S1 E6/6), Sunday 30th August, BBC1

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Programme Name: Partners In Crime - TX: 30/08/2015 - Episode: 6 (No. 6) - Picture Shows: Episode Six BTS: ‘N or M?' Tuppence Beresford (JESSICA RAINE) - (C) Endor Productions - Photographer: Laurence Cendrowicz

(C) Endor Productions – Photographer: Laurence Cendrowicz

Tommy and Tuppence have made little progress with their investigations into a missing weapons scientist – their main suspect has been killed, and now a note has arrived threatening atomic devastation. So is the mysterious ‘N’ actually one of the guests in the Sans Souci hotel? Continue reading

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E5/8), Friday 28th August, BBC1

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Programme Name: Ripper Street - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows: Homer Jackson (ADAM ROTHENBERG) - (C) Tiger Aspect 2014 - Photographer: Bernard Walsh

(C) Tiger Aspect 2014 – Photographer: Bernard Walsh

Susan having shot Reid and killed Capshaw to cover her own crimes, she now nurses Reid who hovers between life and death as Whitechapel goes to hell. We always had the feeling that Reid would at some stage get written out of the series, so with his daughter now saved, we were a bit surprised that news of his death seems to have been exaggerated. Continue reading

Interview: Amanda Redman, The Trials Of Jimmy Rose

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ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS The Trials Of Jimmy Rose EPISODE 1 Pictured :  MANDA REDMAN as Jackie Rose. Photographer: BEN BLACKALL. This image is the copyright of ITV and must be credited. The images are for one use only and to be used in relation to The Trials Of Jimmy Rose, any further usage could incur a fee.

Photographer: Ben Blackall 

Amanda Redman is one of our most consistent and best-known actresses, and she’s certainly no stranger to crime drama after starring in New Tricks for so long. But in ITV’s new three-part drama The Trials Of Jimmy Rose, which starts this Sunday (30th August), she plays a very different role – the wife of an armed robber who’s getting out of prison for the umpteenth time. Here’s what Amanda has to say about it all… Continue reading

Interview: Ray Winstone, The Trials Of Jimmy Rose

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ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS The Trials Of Jimmy Rose EPISODE 1 Pictured :  RAY WINSTONE as Jimmy Rose. Photographer: BEN BLACKALL. This image is the copyright of ITV and must be credited. The images are for one use only and to be used in relation to The Trials Of Jimmy Rose, any further usage could incur a fee. ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS The Trials Of Jimmy Rose EPISODE 1 Pictured :  RAY WINSTONE as Jimmy Rose. Photographer: BEN BLACKALL. This image is the copyright of ITV and must be credited. The images are for one use only and to be used in relation to The Trials Of Jimmy Rose, any further usage could incur a fee.

Photographer: Ben Blackall 

This Sunday (30th August), UK viewers will be treated to a new three part series that stars the great Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman – the first time the pair have appeared onscreen together since the cult 2000 film Sexy Beast. It tells the story of an armed robber who has spent more time in prison than he hasn’t. He’s about to get out from his latest stretch and return to his wife Jackie and their luxury home. But while he thinks it’s just business as usual, Jackie and his kids have moved on, and it’s a battle for Jimmy to fit back in. Here’s what Ray had to say about it all…

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BBC4 confirms The Bridge, Arne Dahl to return this autumn; Beck to air for the first time

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nordicThere has been much activity up in Edinburgh at the annual TV festival during these past few days but even though the likes of Martin Freeman and Armando Iannucci were giving good seminar, I’ve had my eye on one man and one man only – BBC4 Contoller, Cassian Harrison. I’ve known for the past few weeks that he would announce the transmission date of series three of The Bridge in Edinburgh but was unable to say much about it. Until now. We’re in for a hell of a Scandinavian autumn. Continue reading