Review: Fargo (S2 E7/10), Monday 30th November, Channel 4

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Erstwhile on Fargo… (I love the way they use the word ‘erstwhile’ instead of the usual ‘previously’ during their little catch-ups at the start of each episode). During the last two episodes we’ve seen the Gerhardt family and the Kansas City mob clash violently as their gang war escalated, while Lou Solverson and Hank Larsson (as well as Ed and Peggy Blumquist) found themselves slap-bang in the middle of all the mayhem. With only four episodes left, it feels as though we’re being pushed towards a final reckoning, but there’s a lot to get through first. So dense and rich was this seventh instalment, it could have been the best episode of the series so far. And that’s saying something. Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 30th November – Sunday 6th December)

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2012_08_10-Dr-Blake-GS_0091It’s anther big week in the crime drama arena, with established series rumbling on but also a few gems on radio and in daytime – The Doctor Blake Mysteries is well worth a watch (at least in iPlayer if you’re at work) for 1950s, period crime drama fun from Australia. And yes, that is Craig McLachlan of Neighbours fame. Continue reading

Five things to take away from The Bridge, episodes three and four

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Programme Name: The Bridge - TX: n/a - Episode: The Bridge - series 3 - ep 1 (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Saga Norén (SOFIA HELIN) - (C) Carolina Romare - Photographer: Carolina Romare

(C) Carolina Romare – Photographer: Carolina Romare

We’re almost half-way through series three of The Bridge (waaah!) and it has been really excellent so far – twisting this way and that, tons of new characters to digest and pore over, as well as THREE cases for the rapidly unravelling Saga and Henrik to solve. Yes, three. The Clown Killer case takes centre stage, but bubbling under the surface are two cold cases – that of Saga’s sister Jennifer and now Henrik’s missing wife and two children. This series is certainly ambitious if nothing else. Here are five things I picked up on from episodes three and four. Continue reading

Review: The Bridge (S3 E3&4/10), Saturday 28th November, BBC4

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Programme Name: The Bridge - TX: n/a - Episode: The Bridge - series 3 - ep 4 (No. 4) - Picture Shows: Saga speculating on where fugitive Rikard Jonssen may be hiding Saga Norén (SOFIA HELIN) - (C) Filmlance International AB - Photographer: Carolina Romare

(C) Filmlance International AB – Photographer: Carolina Romare

With Aleks, the kidnapper of top copper Hans, now dead, our suspicions turns to drug-crazed war veteran Morten; but he too has been shot and killed, by someone he knows – his last words, ‘My brother shot me’. Are both crimes down to the Clown Killer? Saga reckons so, judging by similarities in the gunshot wounds. Continue reading

Review: The Frankenstein Chronicles (S1 E3/6), Wednesday 25th November, ITV Encore

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the_frankenstein_chroniclesWe’ve reached the half-way stage of this engrossing, grim series, and so far equal time has been given to finding away through the moral and spiritual quagmire of where medicine and science mix with religion. John Marlott – a policeman seconded by home secretary Sir Robert Peel, who thinks that a murderer struck because he was against his new Anatomy Act – had slowly  Continue reading

BBC confirms Luther transmission date

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Luther-391794It’s been a bit of a day of confirmed transmission dates. First we had ITV confirming the kick-off date for series two of Prey, and now word reaches us that the BBC has detailed the transmission date for Luther. While not a full series, the two-parter is a belter. So much for winding down for the Christmas period… December’s going to be busy! Continue reading

ITV confirms Prey transmission date

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RED PRODUCTIONS FOR ITV PREY SERIES 2 EPISODE 1 Pictured : PHILIP GLENISTER as Murdoch. Photographers: BEN BLACKALL. This image is the copyright of ITV and must be credited. The images are for one use only and to be used in relation to PREY, any further usage could incur a fee.

(c) ITV, Ben Blackall

Prey, Chris Lunt’s unashamed, brilliant The Fugitive-style rollercoaster of a three-part chase thriller, was one of the unexpected highlights from last year, and we’ve been rubbing our hands together when it was announced that a second series would be coming to ITV later this year. Now the network has confirmed its transmission date. Continue reading