Excitingly, 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.
- Sherlock: The Abominable Bride *UK PREMIERE ONE-OFF*
It’s here! Thomas Ricoletti is somewhat surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown as only a few hours earlier she took her own life. The apparent ghost of Mrs Ricoletti now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes and Watson must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave.
Friday 1st January, 9pm, BBC1
2. Endeavour *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Here we go for series three. The young detective is suspended from duty following a recent case. However, he is roused from his bitterness and self-pity when the body of a woman who went missing at a funfair on Cowley Green is found near his home. He resolves to conduct a secret investigation of his own, which leads him to the city’s social elite and a disturbing secret hidden in plain sight.
Sunday 3rd January, 8pm, ITV
3. And Then There Were None *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
It’s time for the finale of the excellent three-parter. Now cut down to half their original number, the surviving guests of Soldier Island are in danger of losing their minds. With the likelihood of cheating death rapidly diminishing they must turn to one another for comfort, and for protection, but trust is in short supply.
Monday 28th December, 9pm, BBC1
4. Young Montalbano *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Series two. A Vigata inhabitant, who has made a habit of showing up at other people’s funerals, is found brutally murdered in the street, and only the disappearance of a woman linked to his former employer gives Montalbano his first lead.
Saturday 2nd January, 9pm, BBC4
5. Murder On The Orient Express
In the culmination of Radio 4 Extra’s season to mark the 125th anniversary since the birth of Agatha Christie (September 15 1890) and to tie-in with BBC One’s brand new dramatisation of And Then There Were None. A train departs, but one passenger aboard will never arrive. John Moffatt stars as the great Belgian detective in a full-cast dramatisation produced by Enyd Williams. Also starring Francesca Annis, Joss Ackland, Frank Windsor, Sylvia Syms…and ‘Q’ from the Bond films, the late Desmond Llewelyn. An international cast of suspects, all passengers on the crowded train, are speeding through the snowy European landscape when a bizarre and terrible murder brings them to an abrupt halt. One of their glittering number lies dead in his cabin, stabbed a mysterious 12 times. There are no lack of clues for Poirot – but which clue is real and which is a clever plant? Poirot realises that this time he is dealing with a murderer of enormous cunning and that in a case fraught with fear and inconstancies only one thing is certain – the murderer is still aboard the train waiting to strike again…
Monday 28th December, 10am, BBC Radio 4 Extra
6. Code Of A Killer
Drama telling the true story of how a brilliant scientist and pioneering detective joined forces to create the most significant advance in modern criminal investigation. In 1984, Dr Alec Jeffreys (John Simm) unlocks a remarkable technique to read every person’s unique DNA fingerprint, while a few miles away, DCS David Baker (David Threlfall) leads the search for the murderer of a local schoolgirl. Two years later, a second youngster is killed and a teenager confesses – but denies the first crime. Certain that the same man was responsible for both incidents, Baker approaches Jeffreys to help prove his theory.
Thursday 31st December, 9pm, ITV Encore
7. The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher
Series three fof the Victorian. Whicher is hired by his one-time political master, former home secretary Edward Shore, to investigate threats made against his son Charles, who has recently returned to London from India with his young family. Shore fears entanglement in a scandal could have devastating repercussions for his career and insists the detective carry out the investigation without involving his former Met colleagues, even after a murder occurs. Whicher’s pursuit of justice takes him to the most dangerous corners of the Docklands, but also brings him into contact with a woman who starts to melt his long-frozen heart.
Monday 28th December, 10pm, ITV Encore
8. Foyle’s War
Foyle is drawn into the world of corrupt Nazi businessmen when a university professor is found murdered in a London park. When it transpires the victim was working as a translator in Nuremberg, the detective realises there are powerful people trying to conceal secrets from the Second World War.
Saturday 2nd January, 8pm, ITV3
9. Blindspot *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
After a Saudi prince is assassinated, a tattoo leads to an app that can track government vehicles. Mayfair expresses concerns about Weller’s personal involvement in Jane’s case.
Tuesday 29th December, 9pm, Sky Living
Here’s the finale of the much-maligned second series. Earlier in the series, as Hardy and Miller continued their unofficial investigation into the Sandbrook case, new information forced them to re-evaluate what they believed, and Ellie later found herself exposed and alone. Now, the mystery drama reaches a dramatic conclusion, and after all the twists and turns, the truth is finally revealed – changing lives for ever.
Wednesday 30th December, 9pm, ITV Encore