This week in crime drama land it’s very much as you were, with plenty of brand new episodes from the host of continuing series that are doing the rounds at the moment. One thing worth mentioning – it’s the final episode of The Young Montalbano this coming week, which means that prestige 9pm slot will be filled with something new on the 13th February. Could it be Hinterland? Or could it be Trapped? In fact, next week is a biggie (Happy Valley, anyone?).
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 that gives its wearer unlimited luck (as well as some shocking dialogue and soundtrack work). But sticking with it I am, so I was interested to see how the story developed this week.
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 get hold of an interview with Brenda Blethyn, which is after the jump.
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 the lead role of Detective Robin Griffin, who was lured back to her home town to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant, 12-year-old girl. It was shocking as much as it was beautiful. There’s good news – we now know when Oscar-winning writer and director Jane Campion will start the cameras rolling on series two…
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 BBC (final schedules are generally released on the Wednesday of each week), we do know it starts in the week starting Monday 8th February. Now we know more.
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.
There’s so much new crime drama on at the moment, it’s difficult to know where to start with things. Unfortunately, not all of the new crime drama is that good so viewer discretion is advised. However, two shows that you know that will deliver the goods are Vera and Murdoch Mysteries – both returning this week. Hurrah!