The week starting on Sunday 4th October is going to be a busy one here at The Killing Times. Three new, British crime dramas are due to start that week – two brand new and one returning favourite. Yes, autumn has started with vengeance and crime drama is still the most produced and consumed genre of drama out there. Strap yourselves in!
On BBC1, From Darkness is a four-part series starring Anne-Marie Duff. It has been confirmed it’ll start on Sunday 4th October at 9pm. A clash with Downton Abbey, yes, but, c’mon… it’s an easy choice, right? Here’s what the Beeb says about From Darkness:
Ex-constable Claire Church has fled her dark past by escaping to the remote Western Isles with her partner, Norrie. But no matter how far she runs, she can’t escape the shadows cast by her history. As decades-old bodies are unearthed on a Manchester building site, the darkness threatens to fracture Claire’s life once more.
Over on ITV,Then it’s Lewis, the hugely popular Morse spin-off. It’s returning for series nine on Tuesday 6th October at 9pm, and this is what ITV says about it:
The arrival of new Chief Superintendent Joe Moody heralds a fresh dawn for Oxfordshire Police, although the high flyer soon clashes with Lewis over the latter’s more traditional approach to detective work. With Hobson contemplating a round-world trip to witness the birth of her niece’s baby, and the new boss piling on the pressure, will Robbie finally decide to call time on his policing career? Meanwhile, Hathaway is forced to confront his past when his father is moved into a care home suffering from dementia. After years of avoiding the thorny issue of family ties, has James left it too late to be reunited with the man his father once was?
Then it’s the six-part series Unforgotten – starring Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Trevor Eve – kicks off on Thursday 8th October at 9pm. Here’s what they say about it:
Unforgotten, written and created by Chris Lang (Undeniable, A Mother’s Son, Torn), focuses on a ‘cold’ murder case of 39 years ago, when the bones of a young man are found beneath the footings of a demolished house. An investigation begins that will unravel the lives of four people who have been waiting for this moment for nearly forty years, as they discover that the past can’t, and won’t, stay buried for ever. Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar take the lead roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, the modern day police team who gradually unravel deep-rooted and long-forgotten secrets, which will have a dramatic impact on their investigation and the lives of four potential suspects – Father Robert Greaves (Bernard Hill), Sir ‘Frank’ Philip Cross (Trevor Eve), Lizzie Wilton (Ruth Sheen), and Eric Slater (Tom Courtenay). The slow revelation of these secrets as Cassie and Sunny hunt for the killer will alter the dynamic of the families and their loved ones forever.