Here we go then. It’s the week before Christmas, and there are treats to be had while you much on your mince pies and swig on your sherry. Not least an absolutely gorgeous new version of Agatha Christie’s And The There Were None, a new Dickens-theme drama with murder at its heart and the series finales of Fargo and Luther. Merry Christmas!
- And Then There Were None *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The Christmas treat for crime drama fans. In 1939, as the world teeters on the brink of war, 10 troubled strangers are invited to retreat to Soldier Island, an isolated isle off the coast of Devon. However, when the visitors arrive, they learn their hosts, Mr and Mrs UN Owen, are curiously absent. As the weather sours and the visitors find themselves cut off from civilisation, they discover there may be a killer in their midst. The superb cast includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Aidan Turner and Charles Dance.
Saturday 26th December, 9pm, BBC1
2 .Fargo *SERIES FINALE*
What a fantastic, bravura second series this has been and it concludes as Peggy and Ed make a run for it, with Hanzee and Lou in hot pursuit.
Monday 21st December, 10pm, Channel 4
3. Luther *SERIES FINALE*
With Luther dogged by ghosts from his past, a cold case might be the key to unlocking a mystery that’s tormenting him. Meanwhile, with the cannibalistic serial killer still at large, Benny’s hacking skills have revealed a list of hundreds of potential victims. Realising it’s all part of a macabre end game, the detective is forced to put himself and new colleague Emma into the heart of danger to try and stop the killer.
Tuesday 22nd December, 9pm, BBC1
4. Dickensian *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
An all-star cast – Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins, Caroline Quentin, Tom Weston-Jones, Tuppence Middleton, Anton Lesser and Omid Djalili among them – bring the world of Dickens to life. The likes of Oliver Twist’s Fagin and the Artful Dodger live alongside and interact with the wealthy Barbarys of Bleak House, and the homely Cratchitts of A Christmas Carol, in events that eventually set up the stories featured in their respective novels. The saga begins on Christmas Eve, as Amelia and Arthur Havisham gather to hear the reading of their father’s will, and the ruthless nature of debt collector Jacob Marley appears to give someone a motive for murder.
Saturday 26th December, 7pm and 8.30pm; Sunday 27th December, 7.30pm and 8.30pm, BBC1
5. Mystery Theatre: Rocky Fortune – Frank Sinatra
The series Mystery Theater hails from the from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood’s greatest screen stars were regular performers – often re-enacting their famous film roles. Frank Sinatra portrayed the job-seeking drifter Rocky Fortune in the NBC Radio series in 1953 and 1954, during an album-recording hiatus that ended with the release of the legendary Songs For Young Lovers in 1954. Ol’ Blue Eyes played the eponymous hero in the 25 episode-strong series and was supported by a host of Hollywood stars along the way, including the likes of Raymond Burr. In Monday’s episode, Rocket To The Morgue, Rocky has no choice but to take a mysterious invitation which calls for him to abandon his rooming house with potentially no return. It turns out this could be his big chance to be the first man in space – but is this moonshot a load of moonshine?
Monday 21st December, 10am, BBC radio 4 Extra; Tuesday 22nd December, 10am, BBC Radio 4 Extra
6. Elementary *NEW UK PREMEIRE EPISODE*
Morland offers to act as one of his son’s consultants so that he can lend Sherlock and Joan his considerable resources to help them solve a case.
Thursday 24th December, 9pm, Sky Living
With a new series in the New Year, here’s a chance to catch up from the very beginning. When a respectable GP is found dead in a public lavatory, the young Inspector Morse’s outlandish theories see him relegated to general duties by the newly arrived Chief Superintendent Bright. Humiliated and humbled, Endeavour has to investigate from the sidelines, but it’s not long before he’s questioning DI Fred Thursday’s orders and risking his career to avert a family tragedy.
Monday 21st December, 10pm, ITV3
With the New Year’s Day special fast approaching, here’s a chanec to watch all three series from the beginning. In the London of 2010, a chance encounter brings Watson, fresh from military service in Afghanistan, into contact with Holmes, a loner and genius who earns his living as a private detective. The duo’s first case together sees them investigating the fourth in a series of suicides, and it seems even Inspector Lestrade – the best Scotland Yard has to offer – cannot compete with the sleuth.
Wednesday 23rd December, 9pm, Alibi
Christmas epiosode. The dapper detective accepts an invitation to spend yuletide at the house of an elderly millionaire who seems intent on provoking his money-grubbing sons into murdering him. At first he tries hard to ignore the strained atmosphere and relax -but soon finds himself with a gruesome mystery on his hands.
Thursday 24th December, 8pm, ITV Encore
10. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
The Belgian sleuth hunts the ruthless killer of a millionaire. Starring Peter Sallis and Manning Wilson. The most-famous Belgian’s idea of a good time involves getting to the bottom of a particularly fiddly mystery, and he finds himself trying to uncover the murderer of tyrannical millionaire Simeon Lee (who was ruthless in business and family matters).
Saturday 26th December, 6am, BBC Radio 4 Extra