BBC confirms transmission dates for Beck and An Inspector Calls

beck-larssonAh, autumn. Although knowing this country mid-September will be in the grip in the kind of heatwave we were supposed to experience in July and August. Still, the seasons are definitely a-changing and one consequence of these temporal shifts is that new television will shuffle onto our goggleboxes. We already know that the BBC will launch its Scandi slate on BBC4 sometime this month, but now it has confirmed the transmission date of its kick-off series, as well as a new one-off classic, which will have fans of the Edwardian, one-room mysteries salivating. Continue reading BBC confirms transmission dates for Beck and An Inspector Calls


Trailer: Backstrom, FOX


One thing I stupidly forgot to mention in my round-up of the best crime drama on TV this week was the US series Backstrom. Based on the books by Leif G.W. Persson and adapted for television by the man behind Bones, Hart Hanson, it introduces us to Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson): a man with no filter. After a five-year banishment to the traffic division for offensive behaviour, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland’s newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behaviour. You can see a trailer after the jump but a warning: it was canned by Fox in the US after this first series, so get it while it’s hot. Continue reading Trailer: Backstrom, FOX