Kim Bodnia on season four of The Bridge: Everything is possible

Last week The Bridge’s much-loved Kim Bodnia caused a stir when he was interviewed on Israeli television – he was in Israel to promote the new series of Hostages – and explained that one of the reasons he left the show was because of the rising anti-Semitism in both Denmark and particularly Sweden (see that post…

Review: Vera (S6 E4/4), Sunday 21st February, ITV

It’s a tough life being a fisherman, but you’d think it would be tougher being a fish; not so when you end up dead in your own nets. Trawlerman Tommy Stonnall had been missing for weeks, says harbourmaster Frank (David Calder), but death took place only 24 hours ago.  You can practically smell the fish as the…

Review: Trapped (S1 E3&4/10), Saturday 20th February, BBC4

The first two episodes of this Icelandic drama caused quite a ripple among the Saturday-night-BBC4-crime-watching community, and it wasn’t surprising – it was a tense, taut and intriguing affair that followed a template employed by the best Scandinavian crime dramas but with an added twist that seemed to capture crime fans immediately. The last time we saw Andri…

Review: One Child (S1 E1/3), Wednesday 17th February, BBC2

In between bouts of sweaty fever I’ve managed to get a load of this three-part series, which started last night and feels rather topical after the Chinese celebrated New Year earlier on this week. One Child might be flying under the radar a bit – thanks to higher profile offerings likes Happy Valley and The…

BBC announces cast and plot lines for season two of The Missing

The Williams brothers’ hit kidnap drama, The Missing, was a huge hit for BBC1 when it first appeared in 2014, and since then we’ve known that this will be anthology series, with each subsequent story featuring new characters and a new, horrifying tale. Today the BBC announced not only a top-name cast but also plot lines…

Trailer: The Five, Sky1

It really is all happening, Brian. There’s so much crime drama around lately – and some of it really good – that we’re going to have to figure out a way of leaving the house and consuming fresh oxygen. The latest is The Five, hit crime novelist Harlan Coben’s first ever TV drama, which is…

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E2/6), Tuesday 16th February, BBC1

Happy Valley got off to a rip-roaring start last week with our heroine, Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), plunged into a new vortex of hellishness when she was accused of the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of her nemesis Tommy Lee Royce’s mother, Lynn Dewhurst. It was something new for Catherine – her identity and persona…

Interview: Clive Bradley, Trapped

Icelandic drama Trapped enjoyed a stunning and critically-acclaimed start on Saturday night, with two episodes that set up a fascinating whodunit story in a coastal community that had been cut off from the rest of the island thanks to a world-ending snow storm. It had all the ingridients you want from a taut mystery thriller…

Transmission dates for Grantchester, Thirteen and Murder confirmed

And the top-quality crime dramas just keep on coming. It has been chock-a-block since the turn of the year and, as hardy perennials like Midsomer Murders and Death In Paradise shuffle off into the middle-distance, new series are starting up. At the end of this month there are three new crime dramas of note, and…

Review: Gotham (S2 E6/22), Monday 15th February, Channel 5

One thing you have to give Gotham is that it gives plenty of screen time to its female protagonists, even if most of them seem to end up dead or demented. Certainly this episode brings closure to two female plot strands, and neither of them are happy endings.