Blimey, when is there a quiet week in the world of crime drama? Judging by this summer, never. We’ve had a plethora of new stuff over the past few months – during a traditionally quiet time in TV land – and the fun is set to continue this week. There are three new series this week: a Ray Winstone-headed three-parter on ITV, a new series of the always-watchable Rizzoli & Isles, a brand new Netflilx series, and a new period crime drama that goes right back to the origins of the Pinkertons.
- Witnesses *SERIES FINALE*
There’s no denying it – this has been one of the crime dramas of the year so far. It’s had everything: sinister, highly original plot; two lead characters who tick every tortured detective box anyone can care to come up with and… well, it’s French. After a twisty-turny five episodes, there’s still lots to tie up. Paul and Sandra push their abilities to the limit as they work to achieve closure, and as their investigation draws closer to its conclusion, dark secrets from Le Tréport’s past begin to resurface – with devastating consequences.
Wednesday 26th August, 10pm, Channel 4
2. Narcos *NEW GLOBAL PREMIERE SERIES*
In a short space of time, Netflix has almost achieved what HBO has done – anything it produces has a guarantee of quality. So we’re looking forward to what looks like a high-octane thriller, which chronicles the real-life stories of infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the bloody conflict that resulted from their clash with law enforcement. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura plays the notorious Pablo Escobar, while Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal also star as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña
From Friday 28th August, Netflix
3. The Trials Of Jimmy Rose *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Oi! Geeeeeeza! Yes, Ray Winstone takes the lead in this three-part thriller, which doesn’t so much solve crimes as explore what happens to a person and his family after spending years in prison. Winstone is reunited with Amanda Redman – who he starred with in Sexy Beast – and plays a former armed robber released from prison after a lengthy sentence. He returns home to try and get his life back in order and reconnect with his wife and children – but he finds the world and his family have changed in his absence, and faces a struggle to avoid being drawn back into a life of crime.
Sunday 30th August, 9pm, ITV
4. Rizzoli & Isles *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
I’ve always felt that R&I is one of the more underrated procedurals on TV, starring as it does Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as the two mis-matched crime solvers Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. Based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen, it’s consistently sparky and intriguing and features the city of Boston as its backdrop. We’re into series six tonight and Jane’s brother Frankie shoots and kills an apparently unarmed man on the platform of busy Boston underground station, prompting an investigation by Internal Affairs.
Thursday 27th August, 9pm, Alibi
5. The Pinkertons *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Period crime drama alert! Starring Angus Macfadyen, Jacob Blair and Martha MacIsaac, The Pinkertons is set in a young and wild America, drawing from the real cases of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency founder Allan Pinkerton. In the first episode, Pinkerton partners his wayward son Will with the world’s first female detective, Kate Warne. Tasked to investigate the first train robbery in American history, the duo must first learn how to work together.
Sunday 30th August, 8pm, Drama
6. Ripper Street
This third series – and it’s a belter – seems to have been split into two acts: in the first, we saw Reid’s search for his daughter, and now we’re into a new(ish) narrative. Long Susan has convinced the world her solicitor Capshaw shot Reid and was solely responsible for the train crash, and while the inspector remains in a coma Drake and Jackson struggle to cope. Meanwhile, a destructive gang of youths unleashes hell upon the streets by night, murdering a pub landlord. The trail leads detectives into the heartland of one of the city’s oldest trades – the London Breweries – where conflicted loyalties reign and grief and anger create a potent concoction.
Friday 28th August, 9pm, BBC1
The penultimate episode of this third series sees Will and the team put everyone’s lives at risk as they launch a plan to lure Francis Dolarhyde into a trap. But as the profiler’s empathy for the Tooth Fairy starts to impact on his fragile psyche, Bedelia warns him how the dangers of his subconscious mind could prove more powerful than his desire for justice.
Wednesday 26th August, 10pm, Sky Living
8. Partners In Crime *SERIES FINALE*
Tommy is held captive by the mysterious `N’ along with Gilbert Worthing, who reveals that he has hidden a vital key that operates the stolen nuclear bomb. Tuppence comes to the rescue, and together they set out to retrieve the key – but it is hidden in the Sans Souci, where the enemy agent is lying in wait. The couple enlist Carter’s aid in carrying out an audacious plan to save the lives of thousands of innocent British citizens.
Sunday 30th August, 9pm, ITV
The consulting detective’s latest case sees him coming up against the master blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen (The Killing’s Lars Mikkelsen) – the one man he truly despises. But how can he tackle a foe who knows the personal weakness of every person of importance in the Western world?
Monday 24th August, 8.30pm, BBC1
10. New Tricks
Ted leads an investigation into the apparent suicide of a city trader who was embroiled in the cut-throat world of London’s financial district in the 1980s. As the team delve deeper into the macho fraternity of `The Wolfpack’, they find a darker side to the debauchery, secret hand signals and all-nighters that bonded the traders together – including a strict hierarchy that might be worth killing for. Meanwhile, Steve tries to learn some tricks of the trade, amid his own financial crisis.
Tuesday 25th August, 9pm, BBC1