Review: Gotham (S2 E12/22), Monday 28th March, Channel 5

While the second half of Season 2 of Gotham is titled Wrath of the Villains, in many ways it’s a goodbye – Theo Galavan, Tabitha and Silver St Cloud are pretty much out of the picture, and there’s a new baddie on the block; the cryogenic killer we know is to become Mr Freeze. Advertisements

ITV confirms Scott & Bailey transmission date

Sally Wainwright – one of our premiere writing talents – started a bit of a monster in 2011 when she unleashed the excellent crime-solving duo Scott & Bailey (starring Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharpe) on us. Four series later it’s still going strong, and the show’s home network, ITV, today announced that it  will be returning for…

Interview: Anna Friel, Marcella

Hans Rosenfeldt has built a strong and loyal following in crime drama circles thanks to his work on The Bridge, but his first ever British drama is about to be unfurled. Marcella stars Anna Friel as a troubled cop, who, 10 years ago gave up her fast-tracked police career to marry and devote her life…

Review: Murdered By My Father, Tuesday 29th March, BBC3

Twenty-fourteen’s Murdered By My Boyfriend was a harrowing tale based on a real-life story, detailing an abusive relationship that culminated in the brutal murder of a young woman. Not only was it an engrossing, compelling and extremely difficult to watch drama, it was also a necessary watch – it shed light on the kinds of power…

Was Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret too deadpan?

We had our first taste of Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret last night, in the feature-length story Sets A Trap. When Atkinson was first announced to play Georges Simenon’s classic early 20th century Parisian detective it divided opinion – surely someone who has made a living from comic characters couldn’t pull off the deadpan Maigret? Fans of…

Review: Maigret (Sets A Trap), Monday 28th March, ITV

Parisian Chief Inspector Jules Maigret first appeared in 1931 and smoked his thoughtful way through an amazing 75 novels and 28 short stories (often at the rate of three novels a year). His creator Georges Simenon was Belgian rather than French, but moved to Paris in 1922 to further his writing career. Maigret has been portrayed…

Review: Thirteen (S1 E5/5), Sunday 27th March, BBC3

For four weeks, Marnie Dickens has taken us on a rollercoaster ride with her debut stand-alone series, Thirteen. Her five-episode thriller has introduced us to Ivy Moxam – a young woman who, for 13 years, had been held captive in the basement by a man called Mark White. Now escaped, the series has chronicled her journey of…

Review: Line Of Duty (S3 E1/6), Thursday 24th March, BBC2

Your average cop procedural has the capacity to trundle along like a decent mid-range Beemer. But such an exclusive marque is Line Of Duty that it can afford to begin with a high-octane burst – and the audacity of this third series opener is the TV drama equivalent of an Aston Martin Vanquish doing doughnuts around the…

The Tunnel: Sabotage pushed back a week due to Brussels terrorist attacks

Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel – starring Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy – was based on The Bridge, and, all in all, did a pretty good job of transporting that idea of two mis-matched cops from different, neighbouring countries investigating a crime on neutral ground to an Anglo/French framework. The second series, which keeps the dynamic of…

Sky1 renews Stan Lee’s Lucky Man for second season

Sky 1 today announces the return of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, made by Carnival Films, after it emerged that the first series (which ends on Friday 25th March) became the channel’s highest-rated original drama series. It averaged 1.9million viewers and also consolidated well on the network’s online streaming NOW TV service. With all this in…

BBC iPlayer rolls out ‘story so far’ for Line Of Duty

Whenever there’s a big series on the way back, the BBC always makes good use if its iPlayer service to present us with handy ‘the story so far’ catch-up videos. They did it with Happy Valley recently, and now they’ve done it with Line Of Duty, one of country’s big crime drama hitters.