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.
Backstrom: Wednesday 2nd September, 9pm, FOX