The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd November)

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It’s a big week for crime drama fans, and Scandinavian crime drama fans in particular, because one of the most highly anticipated series since the second run of Broadchurch finally looms into view. Yes, that means Saga Norén is back, but no Martin. Blub. Still, it’s great to have The Bridge back with us, with Saga getting stuck into another case. Elsewhere, River comes to an end and the US version of Sherlock – Elementary – is back for a fourth series.
1. The Bridge *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
And so it begins… surely the most anticipated crime drama since series two of Broadchurch. The story? A prominent Danish gender campaigner is found dead in Malmo, meaning that Swedish detective Saga Noren must once again collaborate with a counterpart in the Danish police as she investigates. With Martin Rohde now in gaol for murder, Saga is assigned a new colleague in Copenhagen, but the pair’s working relationship fails to get off to a good start, a fact only exacerbated by Saga’s role in getting well-liked Danish cop Martin sent down.
Saturday 21st November, 9pm, BBC4

2 .River *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
It’s the final episode of this polarising series. The troubled detective is convinced that Stevie’s investigation into the exploitation of illegal immigrants holds the key to her murder. Further questioning of someone close to the team reveals a system of immigration cases that could lead into some unexpected places. When a common link to certain businesses is found, it all starts to fall into place, but the link also leads to unfortunate repercussions.
Tuesday 17th November, 9pm, BBC1

3. Fargo *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
In this week’s superb instalment, Floyd takes action, while Charlie tries to prove himself and Peggy and Ed disagree about what to do next. Lou finds himself sidelined during Ronald Reagan’s campaign tour.
Monday 16th November, 10pm, Channel 4

4. The Frankenstein Chronicles *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
This was much better than I thought it was going to be. This week, after his discovery on the banks of the Thames, Inspector Marlott visits the house of artist and printmaker William Blake, who is on his deathbed. Later, Marlott confers with Nightingale, a local policeman who has been keeping watch on The Fortune of War, a public house where body snatchers are known to gather. The pair create a plan to capture a person of interest who may be able to aid them with their investigation.
Wednesday 18th November, 10pm, ITV Encore

5. Elementary *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Sherlock’s back for a fourth series. After the events of the last season, Sherlock is facing criminal charges and a possible prison sentence, so his estranged and powerful father arrives in New York to help – and despite their difficulties, he is determined to fix his son’s problems by any means necessary. Meanwhile, the sleuth and Joan to get back into the NYPD’s good books by taking on the case of a missing woman.
Thursday 19th November, 9pm, Sky Living

6. Miss Marple: Murder Is Announced
The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29 at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm.’ Is it a hoax? As the time approaches, the crowds gather at Little Paddocks and then the lights go out. Agatha Christie’s whodunit stars June Whitfield as the deceptively mild spinster sleuth Miss Marple, with Ian Lavender as Inspector Craddock, Graham Crowden as Sir Henry Clithering, Judy Cornwell as Dora Bunner and Jamie Glover as Patrick Simmons.
Monday 16th – Friday 20th November, 6am, BBC Radio 4 Extra

7. CSI: Cyber *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
he team investigates the abductions of young women whose social media pages continue to be updated, and Avery helps Trish McCarthy cope with the death of her sister.
Tuesday 17th November, 9pm, Channel 5

8. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A street urchin hires Phryne to find his missing brother, leading to a sinister trail of dead boys. Hugh wrestles with career and engagement problems.
Wednesday 18th November, 9pm, Alibi

9. Cuffs *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The team struggles to cope with a nightmarish Saturday night in Brighton, including a drugs death, a stake-out, and a dog high on cocaine. However, it is a fight in a nightclub that causes professional problems for Lino and a personal crisis for Carl. Meanwhile, Felix uncovers a vicious organised gang after a bungled house robbery, which unites the team when it results in a raid and a high octane chase. Plus, Jake’s mum is rushed to hospital, causing him to realise the truth about his father.
Wednesday 18th November, 8pm, BBC1

10. Vera
The detective investigates a fire that rips through a holiday park on the Northumberland coast, destroying three cabins. A young woman’s body is discovered and the resort’s owner, Jim Viner, fears the victim is his sister Deena when he returns from a weekend away with his daughter Clare. With Jim’s suspicions confirmed, a police report then reveals Clare’s boyfriend Ryan and his friends had been partying near the scene hours before the blaze started, but where are they now, and where is Deena’s best friend Sally?
Friday 20th November, 10pm, ITV Encore

 

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