The BBC “not doing another series of Partners In Crime”

There was mud excitement when it was announced that Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime would be getting the BBC treatment, the first fruits from the corporation’s deal with the Christie estate. David Walliams and Jessica Raine added to this excitement when they signed on to star as the husband-and-wife crime-busting team. We kept a close…

Trailer: Lewis, ITV

It’s going to be a busy October on ITV. With Midwinter Of The Spirit continuing and Unforgotten about to start, they’re joined in the schedule by doughty stalwart and Morse spin-off Lewis, which is back for a ninth series. In this preview clip, we’ll see Lewis, Hathaway and Maddox faced with a seemingly impossible task…

Trailer: Unforgotten, ITV

Stand by all you Nicola Walker fans, because in the next month or so this fine actress will be all over our screens, both on the BBC (River) and on ITV, taking the leading role in the six-part procedural Unforgotten. She stars alongside Sanjeev Bhaskar as detectives investigating a ‘cold’ murder case of 39 years ago. When…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E3/8), Sunday 27th September, S4C

Apologies this is a day late – it’s been quite a weekend, a weekend spent mostly at the Radio Times Festival. So this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and savour the third episode of this second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll. And savour is the right word because it’s slow-moving,…

Radio Times Festival dispatches: Sherlock

You need reminding sometimes that Sherlock is a truly global phenomenon. We’ve seen the adulation the show and its cast and showrunners receive at things like the San Diego Comic-Con, but to see it first hand is quite something. The final panel session at the excellent first Radio Time Festival saw three member of the…

Radio Times Festival Dispatches: Mark Billingham

As any discerning crime fiction fan will know, the author Mark Billingham is a constant and excellent presence on the festival circuit. His background in stand-up has served him well – he’s a great compère and interviewer – but this time he was the interviewee.

Radio Times Festival Dispatches: Grantchester

Today was the second day (well, technically the third, but the second that we’ve attended) and aside from sitting in on two sessions featuring the excellent Peter Bowker (for the upcoming BBC three-parter, Capital (based on John Lanchester novel) and the marvellous, ahem, Marvellous) and watching a highlights film made up from snippets of footage from…

Radio Times Festival Dispatches: Peaky Blinders

We haven’t done that much on Peaky Blinders – that fire and brimstone depiction of Birmingham gang life in the 1920s – because I can never be sure that the show is crime enough or not. Yes, it stars Cillian Murphy as the gang leader Tommy Shelby trying to bloodily fight his way out of the…

Review: Beck (E3/5), Saturday 26th September, BBC4

So far in this first (to UK viewers) series of Beck has been like Hamlet without the prince – titular figure Martin (Peter Haber) has seemed semi-detached from the drama. He has basically formed the hub around whom the action swirls. That trend persisted this week. But as our lonely hero is diverted by his…

Radio Times Festival Dispatches: Tennison

The inaugural Radio Times Festival is continuing along this afternoon and for crime drama fans (as well as crime fiction fans) one of the must-see panel sessions of the day was Lynda La Plante talking about her much anticipated prequel to her seminal Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison.