Interview: Birger Larsen, Murder

Back in 2013, the BBC sneaked out a one-off drama that pretty much rewrote the rulebook when it comes to crime drama. We were confronted with two or three main characters, who spoke directly to camera, almost documentary fashion. The story unfolded thanks to these monologues, which were skilfully edited, until we weren’t entirely sure…

New clip: Granchester, series two

Yes, the genteel series based on James Runcie’s novels set in bucolic, 1950s Cambridgeshire is back for its second series this week. Once again James Norton (who we see a day earlier in evil mode in Happy Valley) returns as good-natured, crime-solving vicar, Sidney Chambers, and Robson Green’s old-school copper, DI Geordie Keating. Together they…

Review: Thirteen (S1 E1/5), Sunday 28th February, BBC3

Think about it. Thirteen years. It’s a long time. Lots can change and will have changed: new technological trends and advancements, endless songs and news events, new words added to the collective vernacular and, crucially, people and their relationships. Imagine, after over a decade of captivity, walking out into a world you’ve not seen for…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 29th February – Sunday 6th March)

Another week, more brand new crime drama. Despite excellent fare like Trapped, Thirteen, Happy Valley, One Child and Shetland still chugging away, we get two new series this week – Robson Green and James Norton vehicle Grantchester is back for a second series, coming direct from bucolic 1950s Cambridgeshire, and Murder, that interesting, to-camera, almost…

Review: Trapped (S1 E5&6/10), Saturday 27th February, BBC4

After last week’s thrilling fourth episode we were left with the awesome, majestic and terrifying sight of a full-blown avalanche – started by Guðmundur – tumbling towards Andri, Guðmundur and his son Sigurður from what seemed like the night sky. Surely not all of them could survive this angry outburst. NB: If you haven’t seen these episodes yet, do…

BBC3’s Thirteen to be shown on BBC2

Well, this is good news. However forward-thinking and down with the kids transferring a once terrestrial channel over to online is, there’s a danger that genuinely quality projects might get missed by a wider audience. Which is why the BBC has decided to show Marnie Dickens’ incredible kidnap drama, Thirteen, on one of its traditional, terrestrial channels.

Season two transmission date for Bosch confirmed by Amazon Prime

We all know that the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime are changing the way we consume our televisual media, and both these main two online on-demand service are producing some good stuff. The latter – Amazon Prime – is now the first-watch home of Ripper Street, and also an original drama, Bosch, which debuted…

Review: One Child (S1 E2/3), Wednesday 24th February, BBC2

Last week’s Anglo-Chinese story about a young woman searching for her real identity in the sprawling streets of a Chinese city was an understated, below-the-radar noir treat. Now she’s in China and on course to seriously ruffle some feathers in the corrupt establishment, the question is this: can she handle the pressure?

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E3/6), Tuesday 23rd February, BBC1

The last time we saw Catherine Cawood, her world was falling apart. The re-emergence of Tommy Lee Royce and subsequent confrontation at his mother’s funeral made her superiors question her sanity, while her sister Clare’s spectacular fall off the wagon and her son Daniel’s failing marriage means that her home life is also in chaos….

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Trapped

By now, any self-respecting crime drama fan will be wrapped up in the superb Icelandic series, Trapped, over on BBC4. It’s filling that fabled Nordic noir, 9pm slot with aplomb and is proving a worthy successor to the likes of The Killing and The Bridge. Trapped is the tale of police chief Andri dealing with a…

DCI Banks adds cast and plot lines for season five

There’s a fifth series of DCI Banks on the way – with three new two-part stories to be told over six episodes on ITV. Based on the novels by Peter Robinson, the doughty, jazz-loving detective will once again be played by Stephen Tompkinson and be joined by Caroline Catz and Andrea Lowe, along with new…

Review: Gotham (S2 E7/22), Monday 22nd February, Channel 5

Theo Galavan’s villainy is finally exposed in this episode – it’s taken a long time, and when it’s been so obvious to the viewer, it’s been a painful period. At last Jim knows the truth as well as Penguin does, and we can get on with a little mayhem.