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

grantchester_2Another 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 documentary style drama (directed by The Killing’s Birger Larsen) is back for an extended, three-episode run.

    This series really has been excellent. The weather on the fjord finally begins to improve, giving the investigation team from Reykjavik a chance to reach the town. With the arrival of back-up, Andri and his unit begin to make real headway with the case, but are some things just too good to be true?
    Saturday 5th March, 9pm, BBC4

Recent events put more pressure on Ivy to relive her ordeal and Carne and Merchant find themselves surrounded by a new team from Scotland Yard. Ivy is soon summoned back to the police station as Merchant comes up with a bold suggestion for jogging Ivy’s memory, while White’s car is discovered abandoned. However, Ivy’s behaviour makes Merchant suspicious, and when evidence is produced which suggests that Ivy has lied to the police, she comes under fierce scrutiny. She reaches out to Tim for support, but suffers a shattering betrayal.
Sunday 6th March, BBC3

We’re into the home stretch of Happy Valley. Sean becomes prime suspect when Leonie is raped, and the authorities believe he could be responsible for the string of murders Andy and the team have been investigating. Meanwhile, John has to think fast when he’s asked why his number was on Vicky’s phone, and a gift for Ryan on his tenth birthday reminds Catherine that danger may be closer than she thinks. Elsewhere, Daryl takes action when he is confronted by the three lads who have been bullying him.
Tuesday 1st March, 9pm, BBC1

When the judge accuses Ajun and his legal team of corrupting witnesses, Mei is left wondering if she has been used by Qianyi and her friends. Feeling abandoned and useless, she soon realises the real killer might be able to help her, so she tries to persuade him to admit his guilt. However, when he arranges for Mei to meet his father, a high-ranking security official, she is offered a choice that will secure Ajun’s freedom, but at a cost she cannot bring herself to take.
Wednesday 2nd March, 9pm, BBC2

Delayed by a week because of the rugby, it’s time for the series finale. Once Perez and his team determine who assaulted Kelly Paterson, a new light is shone on the murder of Michael Thompson – bringing a shocking revelation. Back in Shetland, witness Leanne struggles to deal with the emotional aftermath of being shot, while Perez is troubled to discover that Michael’s witness protection handler Asha was in Lerwick on the day the e-mail was sent. As investigators dig deeper into Asha’s past, they discover a connection to one of McCall’s team and face a race against time to stop the killer from striking again.
Friday 4th March, 9pm, BBC1

The first of three, stand-alone stories, which places us the viewer into the hotseat to decide who was responsible for the crime. When a man’s body is washed up by the Tweed, it seems he has drowned after being swept away by powerful currents in a storm. But as DS Evans investigates, she finds he has been stabbed through the heart – and his brother-in-law, who was fishing with him at the time, becomes prime suspect.
Thursday 3rd March, 9pm, BBC2

7. Grantchester *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
And here we go for series two, and it starts off unexpectedly. DC Phil Wilkinson arrests Sidney on a charge of sexual assault made by Harding Redmond after reading entries in the diary of his teenage daughter Abigail, who has now gone missing, along with the journal itself. After being grilled by DCI Benson, Sidney sets out to prove his innocence and is joined in his investigation by Geordie.
Wednesday 2nd March, 9pm, ITV

8. The People v OJ Simpson: An American Crime Story *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Ridiculed defence lawyer Robert Shapiro shops around for support as he attempts to form a formidable legal team to cope with the weight of evidence stacked against his client, while practicality and politics dictate the prosecution’s approach. However, neither side is prepared for the revelation of evidence that further inflames public opinion, and the effect of tabloid `cash for trash’ stories takes its toll.
Monday 29th February, 9pm, BBC2

9. Murdoch Mysteries *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The detective investigates the poisoning of an anti-temperance politician, while Margaret Brackenreid hosts a visit from radical prohibition advocate Carrie Nation.
Monday 29th February, 9pm, Alibi

When a young woman’s body is found, the police investigate a sex party organiser. Meanwhile, Phille uses his fake avatar to trap LH.
Wednesday 2nd March, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

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