We’ve done quite a lot on Midwinter Of The Spirit – the new three-parter that starts this week – and we’ll do some more ahead of its premiere on Wednesday. One thing’s for sure – it’s well worth a watch and is genuinely creepy and scary, as well as having a murder to solve. Elsewhere, the brilliant Hinterland continues and there’s a new radio drama to get stuck into – BBC Radio 4’s 10-part adaptation of CJ Sansom’s Sovereign.
- Midwinter Of The Spirit *UK PREMIERE NEW SERIES*
Anna Maxwell Martin and David Trelfall stars in this new three-parter, based on the books by Phil Rickmam. Priest and trainee exorcist Merrily Watkins is asked for help by police in solving a baffling and gruesome murder. She quickly becomes embroiled in a terrifying mystery and finds herself in real danger. Stand by for a crime drama-cum-horror that is scarier than you think.
Wednesday 23rd September, 9pm, ITV
2. Hinterland/Y Gwyll *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Could this now be Britain’s best crime drama? Just a question for you to mull over. This week the murder of a local dignitary and barrister leads to the uncovering of a tragic story of love and loss fuelled by distrust and suspicion in the depths of the Hinterland.
Sunday 27th September, 9pm, S4C (and S4C Clic)
3. Beck *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The Swedish drama continues. When a well-known crime boss is murdered by a sniper in front of his family, Beck and the team are challenged to discover which of his enemies could be responsible.
Saturday 26th September, 9pm, BBC4
4. Sovereign *UK PREMIERE RADIO SERIES*
A 10-part dramatisation of C. J. Sansom’s third Tudor crime novel featuring hunchback lawyer detective, Matthew Shardlake. Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Royal Progress to York, aiming to strike fear and awe into his rebellious northern subjects. Shardlake, and his assistant Barak, arrive in the city a day ahead of the 3,000-strong procession. Officially there to prepare petitions for the King, they have also been tasked with a secret mission by Archbishop Cranmer: to ensure the welfare of one of the northern conspirators, Sir Edward Broderick, who is to be brought back to London for questioning in the Tower. Tensions are running high in the city and when Shardlake is called to investigate a suspicious death he stumbles upon a daring plot that has the potential to shake England to its core.
Monday 21st September, 10.45pm, BBC Radio 4
5. Rectify *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Janet’s day in town with Daniel turns into a media spectacle, while Sheriff Daggett questions Trey Willis about a missing witness.
Tuesday 22nd September, 9pm, AMC UK
6. The Bletchley Circle
Here’s another chance to see this very watchable series, which was sadly cancelled by ITV. It’s set in 1952 and stars Anna Maxwell Martin (there she is again), Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham and Sophie Rundle as four women whose extraordinary work at Bletchley Park during the Second World War helped break codes used by the German military. Susan, Millie, Jean and Lucy have returned to their normal lives, but when Susan identifies a hidden pattern in a series of murders, she enlists the help of her former colleagues to crack the case.
Thursday 24th September, 9pm, ITV Encore
7. New Tricks *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A skeleton uncovered in the foundations of a swimming pool is identified as a young lottery winner named Cheryl, who was reported missing 17 years ago. The prime suspects are her fellow quiz team-mates, who won their lucky windfall as part of a syndicate, and while some have put their money to good use, the victim’s boyfriend has fallen on hard times and the media remain convinced he is the key to her murder. As allegations of affairs, fights and betrayal begin to surface, the team is left to ponder whether money really is the root of all evil.
Tuesday 22nd September, 9pm, BBC1
8. Life Of Crime
Here’s another chance to see this three-parter starring Hayley Atwell, who’s now appraoching superstar status. In 1985, novice WPC Denise Woods becomes emotionally involved in the rape and murder of 15-year-old Amy Reid, whom she happened to meet the night before she was killed. As the investigation hits a wall amid the chaos of the Brixton riots, Denise takes matters into her own hands.
Saturday 26th September, 9pm, ITV Encore
Beckett and Castle are faced with a long list of possible suspects when a personal injury attorney is murdered; and a shocking secret deepens the mystery surrounding Richie’s death.
Wednesday 23rd September, 9pm, Alibi
10. Rizzoli & Isles
The crime lab lose one of their own, but must set aside their personal feelings and try to find out why their team member died.
Thursday 24th September, 9pm, Alibi