The Killing Times’ Top Crime Dramas Of 2015: Part Three, 5-1

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(C) Kudos – Photographer: Nick Briggs

Once you lay out your favourite crime dramas of the year, you see certain themes and ideas replicated. We saw a bit of The Bridge in Witnesses; there was a bit of River in The Bridge, and so on. What was clear from looking back at this year’s cream of the crop was that the standard was incredibly high in 2015, without actually producing a masterpiece like a True Detective series one or a Broadchurch series one. There were plenty of outstanding moments, performances and bits, for sure, but I would say that only the top three of this list approached total awesomeness. And, I have to say, I went back and forth on our top three because each had a case to be number one. In fact, I changed positions right up until the moment I settled down to write this list. See what you think of our Top Five… Continue reading

The Killing Times’ Top 15 Crime Dramas Of 2015: Part Two, 10-6

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Photographer: JOHN ROGERS

We started our run-down of our favourite crime dramas of the year yesterday, and today we continue that chart with more choices from a packed year. As ever, it’s worth bearing in mind that this selection is entirely subjective and we’d love to know what you think and what your favourites are. In the meantime, here are choices 10 to six… Continue reading

Review: And Then There Were None (S1 E3/3), Monday 28th December, BBC1

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(C) Mammoth Screen – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

I’m so pleased this classic murder-mystery did so well (this finale attracted six million viewers last night) because, among other things, it proves that a tasty little thriller like this can still have the same effect on televisual audiences in 2015 than it did to novel-reading audiences in 1939. Which also tells us that, by their nature, human beings don’t change a lot over the years. The same could be said of the characters in this story, too – you would imagine the same levels of stress, anger, paranoia would be exhibited by a group of people if they were subjected to the same situation today. Continue reading

The Killing Times’ Top 15 Crime Dramas Of 2015: Part One, 15-11

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Fortitude-KeyArt-FINAL-16x9-1Good morning! Any site worth its salt publishes its end-of-year lists and, yes, we’re no different. We don’t do it for valedictory reasons, more for celebratory reasons. That motivation is especially strong for 2015, where there has not only been a remarkable frequency of crime drama but also a remarkable consistency. Basically, there as been a lot of good stuff. So we need to get cracking: here are our Top 15 crime dramas of 2015… Continue reading

Review: And Then There Were None (S1 E2/3), Sunday 27th December, BBC1

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(C) Mammoth Screen – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Last night there was an excellent start to the Sarah Phelps’ adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It was faithful to the original story and time frame (important), there was a fabulous cast at work and looked absolutely stunning. What more could you want? Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 28th December – Sunday 3rd January)

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9600528-low_res-sherlockExcitingly, this week marks the turning of the year and 2016 starting in earnest (rather than WITH Earnest) with the eagerly awaited Victorian episode of Sherlock, the return of Endeavour and a certain Inspector Montalbano. Lots to enjoy here and a great way to start the New Year. Continue reading

Review: And Then There Were None (S1 E1/3), Saturday 26th December, BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 24/11/2015 - Programme Name: And Then There Were None - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ++Publication of this image is strictlly embargoed until 00.01 hours Tuesday November 24th 2015+++ Philip Lombard (AIDEN TURNER), Thomas Rogers (NOAH TAYLOR), Vera Claythorne (MAEVE DERMODY), AJ Marston (DOUGLAS BOOTH), Dr Armstrong (TOBY STEPHENS), Judge Wargrave (CHARLES DANCE), William Blore (BURN GORMAN), Emily Brent (MIRANDA RICHARDSON), General Macarthur (SAM NEILL), Ethel Rogers (ANNA MAXWELL MARTIN) - (C) Mammoth Screen - Photographer: Todd Antony

(C) Mammoth Screen – Photographer: Todd Antony

Well, after one day of Doctor Whos and Downton Abbeys and Gogglesprogs and improbable amounts of gluttony and strange food combinations, we’re back to the crime drama grind today with a three-part series that once again brings an Agatha Christie best-seller to the small screen. The question is: will this one be any good? Continue reading