Season 2 Of Happy Valley Adds Cast, Releases First Plot Lines

For many, last year’s stand-out crime drama was Happy Valley – Sally Wainwright’s northern noir, featuring an award-winning performance by Sarah Lancashire in the lead role as Catherine Cawood. It was taught, grim and edge-of-your seat stuff as Cawood and her nemesis, the rapist/murderer Tommy Lee Royce (James Morton), slugged it out until a bitter,…

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E4/8), Friday 21st August, BBC1

Though Reid seems to have got away with killing his daughter Mathilda’s captor Buckley, Drake now has to bring him out of hiding to find out whether Mathilda is in fact still alive. Reid has been closing in on Susan and Capshaw for the train heist, so Mathilda is their leverage; but rather than be shipped…

Review: Hannibal (S3 E11/13), Wednesday 19th August, Sky Living

So, Will Graham has met (rather unexpectedly) The Tooth Fairy, Francis Dolarhyde; of course, he still doesn’t know who he is, how he selects his victims, or the fact that Hannibal is in contact with him and may be manipulating him. Will, Crawford and Alana discuss this development, and the significance of Dolarhyde having eaten the…

The Bridge releases new trailer; Hans Rosenfeldt for Facebook AMA

Du Tog Fejl, Saga. You were wrong, Saga. What could this portentous phrase refer to, we wonder? No matter, we’re going to find out soon enough because the third series of The Bridge – or Broen III if you want to keep it real (and Danish) – is back on the 27th September. That’s good…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E5/6), Wednesday 19th August, Channel 4

If there’s one thing we know about this excellent French procedural is that it doesn’t muck about. Let’s face it, with only six episodes in the series it hasn’t got time to muck about, but still. Last week we were plunged into a scenario where Paul Maisonneuve – that flinty old detective with more skeletons…

US Autumn Preview: Narcos, Longmire, Minority Report and CSI

Even though we’ve had a busy summer, there’s always a palpable tang in the air when the autumn looms into view. It’s when the big networks, from all over the world, release their big, new series. Even though this blog is ostensibly a UK-based crime drama concern, TV is such a global phenomenon these days,…

Twin Peaks reveals new artwork

After last week’s announcements from Twin Peaks Land (it’s definitely starting production next month), we’ve now been treated to some exciting key art. Yes, the Showtime image is arch and as wry as you’d expect – a shot from above of a cup of steaming, night-black coffee – but graphic artist Emre Unalyi’s two, magnificent…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd August)

Here we go then – another week of top-hole crime drama to keep the wolf from the door. This week we’re into the penultimate episode of the superb Witnesses, while Hannibal and Aquarius continue apace. There’s also the chance to see some relatively old favourites like The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jeffries (well worth another…

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E3/8), Friday 14th August, BBC1

With Reid in hiding after he killed his daughter’s captor Buckley, Drake is left to tackle the case of a fraudulent medium who is exploiting relatives of the train crash victims. When fake medium LeCheyne (Jason Manford, looking unnervingly like Gio Compario), dies of poisoning during a séance at Blewitt’s Music Hall (no, he didn’t see…

Review: Hannibal (S1 E9/13), Wednesday 12th August, Sky Living

With Francis Dolarhyde established as the villain of the piece, and Hannibal Lecter almost having taken over Jack Crawford’s role as the investigator of the Tooth Fairy’s family murders, all the roles in Hannibal have been reversed; all save that of Will Graham, who still finds himself stricken with the ability to put himself in the mind…