Review: Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (S1 E2/10), Friday 29th January, Sky1

Here we go then for the second episode of Stan Lee’s less than superhero/supernatural/supersomethingorother fantasy crime drama. Last week’s opener was patchy to say the least – its story of a gambling addicted copper being embroiled in a murder plot (fair enough) in a pristinely-photographed London consistently hamstrung by a daft subplot involving a bangle…

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

You know what you’re getting with Vera – solid, tightly-plotted crime drama with an outstanding central performance from Brenda Blethyn and stories that are informed as much by the northeast landscape than they are from the characters. Series six of the adaptation of Ann Cleeves’ novels is upon us this weekend, and we managed to…

Elizabeth Moss: Top Of The Lake 2 to film this spring

There’s no doubt about it: Top Of The Lake was one of our favourite dramas (from any genre) from 2013 (before this site existed). Starring Elizabeth Moss it was a sensitive, sneakily brutal portrayal of life in the remote, fictional New Zealand town of Laketop (actually filmed in Glenorchy). Mad Men alumnus Elizabeth Moss took…

Has the transmission date of Happy Valley season two been confirmed?

One of the most eagerly awaited TV events of the year is the return of Happy Valley, Sally Wainwright’s award-winning ‘northern noir’. Series one garnered all sorts of lavish critical praise, not least from this site, and the impending grimfest has got TV viewers into a lather. Although there has been no word from the…

Review: Gotham (S2 E3/22), Monday 25th January, Channel 5

With Essen dead and the Maniax on the rampage, Jim and Harvey do what they do best – beating suspects – in an attempt to find crazy Jerome, and equally crazy Barbara. If the first two episodes of the season set a high standard, this one passes it, certainly in terms of shocks, violence and action.

Review: Endeavour (S3 E4/4), Sunday 24th January, ITV

While Thursday and Strange, accompanied by journalist Miss Frazil and a nice bit of Rachmaninoff, attend the underworld funeral of Harry Rose (who we met in the first episode of the season), Morse is sitting his sergeant’s exam, which he breezes through in time to do the crossword as well.

Review: Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (S1 E1/10), Friday 22nd January, Sky1

We’ve all seen that the seemingly never-ending ubiquity of the cinematic phenomenon of superhero movies cross over the into the TV landscape recently, most notably thanks to Netflix, who have hit two home runs with Daredevil and Jessica Jones (both Marvel adaptations). Each one of them has an element of crime and in the case…

Sky Atlantic secures Twin Peaks for UK transmission

The new series of Twin Peaks is one of the most hotly anticipated TV events in crime drama land – well it is in this house – even though it won’t appear on screens until 2017. However, with everything now hunky dory between David Lynch and its US home, Showtime, and with production continuing apace, attention…

Series Review: Pure Evil (S1 E1-13/13), Walter Presents

Aside from all the other business of the day, I’ve been trying to dig into the foreign-language fare provided by the Channel 4-affiliated online streaming service, Walter Presents. I’ve already watched the French three-parter, Match Day (see my review here), and now I’ve moved onto Argentina and the 13-part series, Pure Evil (or Malicia in…

ITV confirms Vera transmission date

Ann Cleeves is a busy woman at the moment. Or at least her characters are. We’ve got Jimmy Perez ploughing his windswept furrow in Shetland over on BBC1 at the moment, and now we’ve received news from ITV that her other fabulous, adapted creation, Vera, is also on her way back in a few weeks’…