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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

BBC confirms Luther transmission date

It’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…

ITV confirms Prey transmission date

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.

Review: Fargo (S2 E6/10), Monday 23rd November, Channel 4

Last week’s half-way stage of Fargo felt like an escalation. The Gerhardts, after declaring war on the Kansas City mob and taking out Joe Bulo, went after Ed Blumquist. The butcher shop scene was thrilling, but it was also quite possible only the start of things. The Gerhardts were angry, the Kansas City mob was…

Fargo recommissioned for third season by US channel FX

As regular readers of this site know (hello lots of new readers, by the way, thanks for swinging by) Fargo is one of my favourite shows. I’ve said it once and now I’ll say it again – Noah Hawley has done an exceptional job in retaining that Coen brothers’ feel and, ahem, executing that perfect…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 23rd-Sunday 29th November)

Here we go then. Another week into the dark recesses of the televisual world with more new episodes of things like The Bridge, Fargo, Elementary and The Frankenstein – all crime drama out of the top drawer. We also have something new – quite possibly one of the daftest, more high concept dramas we’ve ever…

Five things to take away from The Bridge, episodes one and two

And so it started. One of the most eagerly awaited crime dramas finally got going on BBC4 last night, to stunning effect. The build up to this third series of The Bridge produced so many questions, mainly variations on ‘how would we cope without Martin?’, but the series answered them in resounding fashion. Here are…

Review: The Bridge (E1&2/10), Saturday 21st November, BBC4

The long-awaited return of The Bridge marks a complete shift in dynamics, as Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), having shopped her colleague Martin over the murder of his son’s killer, now has no support or friends left – and more to the point, no one to compensate for her lack of moral compass and her inability…