Review: Ripper Street (S3 E2/8), Friday 7th August, BBC1

The immense amount of work which goes into dressing what can be brief scenes in Ripper Street is demonstrated nowhere better than in this episode. The opening sequence sees a mudlark dredging up tat from the riverside, and taking it back to his junkshop through streets seething with pungent life. You can almost smell the…

First image released from BBC crime drama Cuffs

Cuffs, the BBC says, is a fresh, authentic and visceral drama that will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through the challenges of front-line policing. From a booby-trapped cannabis farm in a suburban semi to an elderly farmer’s wife with a shotgun, the stories aren’t quite the norm. The cast includes Ashley Walters (who…

New Scandinavian crime dramas picked up for US remakes

We all know that anything that comes out of Scandinavia, especially crime drama, will not only be snapped up by British channels almost instantly but watched with extreme glee by plenty of Scandi fans. We’re always interested in new dramas from those northern European countries, so this story ticks some boxes. But it also showcases the…

Harlan Coben names cast for The Five

One of the series I’m looking forward to most in the upcoming autumn/winter is Sky’s The Five – international best seller Harlan Coben’s first foray into television. Coben, who knocks out novels like clockwork, is joining up with Shameless’s Danny Brocklehurst to produce this intriguing-sounding thriller. And now he’s confirmed the main players in the…

Neil Morrissey joins cast of Grantchester for season two

ITV’s Grantchester, based on the books by James Runcie and starring James Norton and Robson Green as a village vicar and policeman respectively, was a big hit when it premiered last year.   With the second series currently being filmed, ITV has announced a raft of cast additions, starting with Neil Morrissey, who seems to…