Review: Unforgotten (S1 E4/6), Thursday 29th October, ITV

With the four prime suspects in the 39-year-old murder of drifter Jimmy now firmly in her sights, Cassie’s problem is which will crack first. Philip Cross admits to associating with some dodgy sorts, but denies being capable of murder; Cassie thinks he’s just the type.  Eric Slater seems to be bullying his frail wife, but…

Trailer/Interview: Essie Davis, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

If you’re missing your fix of 1920s-set amateur detectoring, you could do far worse than tune into Alibi tonight to watch the new, third series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Based on the novels by Deb Cole and Kerry Greenwood, it’s a lush, glamorous series that uses Art Deco Melbourne as its backdrop and sassy…

ITV confirms transmission date for The Frankenstein Chronicles

It seems to be the way these days – and this year in particular – that crime dramas and horror stories are meshing to form a new sub genre. Crorror? Hime? Whatever you want to call it, it’s a burgeoning little scene and ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles is the latest series to mix these elements…

Trailer: Unforgotten, episode four

ITV’s Unforgotten is turning into a quality whodunit, and this week the investigation into Jimmy’s death continues with the discovery of marks on his body consistent with known gangland torture methods. Cassie and Sunny question Sir Phillip to find out exactly what his involvement was with a prominent East End crime family and Eric and…

Review: Lewis (S9 E4/6), Tuesday 27th October, ITV

Two murders, a male and a female, have been linked with the alchemical rituals of a group known as the Companions of Co-Inherence, and if the signs are correct, there are two more to come. But the best suspect, student Nate Hedesan, seems to have an alibi – he was hanging around in an S&M…

Review: River (S1 E3/6), Tuesday 27th October, BBC1

After two episodes of this well-made crime drama we had gone from cooing over the relationship between John River (Stellan Skarsgard) and Jackie ‘Stevie’ Stevenson (Nicola Walker) and their perfectly meshed, affectionate chalk-and-cheese dynamic to not quite knowing who Stevie was or is anymore. Not quite an unreliable narrator, but certainly an unreliable character. So…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E7/8), Sunday 25th October, S4C

This second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll has been of the highest quality, but now it’s time for the final two-part story of the series. In the last episode we saw the re-emergence of Iwan Thomas, a character who first appeared in the final episodes of the last series. He has some serious beef with Prosser,…

Review: Fargo (S2 E2/10), Monday 26th October, Channel 4

The first episode of this second series of the excellent Fargo left me a little bit perplexed – I felt it was a bit too eager to introduce a new, larger cast of characters and also a new, very explicitly 1970s tone. If that first episode was a bit all-but-the-kitchen-sink, things settled down considerably in…

Interview: Amanda Abbington, Cuffs

Amanda Abbington has appeared in a few crime dramas, most notably as the duplicitous Mary in Sherlock. Now she appears in the BBC’s new eight-part uniform drama Cuffs, which is roundly being described as the ‘new Bill’ (which Amanda also appeared in, fact fans). The ensemble cast also includes Ashley Walters, Peter Sullivan, Shaun Dooley, Paul…

The BBC reveals new, extended Sherlock trailer

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Sherlock’s old timey one-off episode would broadcast on 1st January 2016, the BBC has released a new, extended trailer that luxuriates in its 19th century time and place, with Sherlock’s language pure, gothic Victoriana (Gatiss must have LOVED writing this). “Needs must when the devil drives” is a…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November)

This week there’s lots to look forward to (when isn’t there these days?). There are high-quality, continuing series like Hinterland, Fargo, River and Unforgotten, as well as two new starters. One of them, Cuffs, has received some comparison with The Bill, while the glamorous series three Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also kicks off.

Review: From Darkness (S1 E4/4), Sunday 25th October, BBC1

If you’ve read my previous reviews of the past three episodes of Kate Baxendale’s four-part crime drama, you’ll know I’ve been less than enamoured. But I’ve stuck with it because the lure of a whodunit means I always want to find out who the murderer is. Damn you From Darkness! And, wouldn’t you know it,…