The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 14th – Sunday 20th March)

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5936010-high_res-happy-valley[1]So it’s a fond farewell to Happy Valley this week, with a showdown between Catherine and Frances most definitely in the offing and the conclusion to John’s story. We’ve also got a new Danish series starting – Follow The Money – in the gold standard BBC4 slot, and also something rather interesting on the radio.

  1. Happy Valley *UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *SERIES FINALE*
    Stand by your beds – it’s time for the finale of this superior crime drama. Catherine and Shaf call in at Far Sunderland farm to visit Alison and Daryl, but discover a scene of carnage when they enter the building, with Alison slumped on the dining table covered in blood having taken an overdose. Meanwhile, Andy and Jodie begin to suspect that the person who killed Vicky Fleming could be someone on the team and as the investigation heads towards a conclusion, John’s torment increases, leading him to take drastic measures to avoid the consequences of his actions.
    Tuesday 15th March, 9pm, BBC1

2. Thirteen *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
When evidence of Ivy’s DNA is all that is discovered in the cellar, she is arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and taken into custody. In the interview room, Ivy’s confusion is compounded by Carne’s cold fury and she realises that she no longer has his protection. Refusing to answer any questions, Ivy goes into shut-down and the police are forced to consider that she may be more culpable than they realised. Christina demands that the police let her speak to her daughter, to get to the truth. With Christina’s pledge of unconditional love, Ivy finally unburdens herself from years of guilt with the shocking truth.
Sunday 20th March, from 12pm, BBC3 (episode two on BBC2 at 10pm)

3. Follow The Money *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
We’re back in Denmark for this new, 10-part thriller. The discovery of a dead body in the sea near an off-shore wind farm places police detective Mads on the trail of speculators, swindlers and corporate princes connected to an upstart energy company. As his suspicions draw him further into a mire of shady financial dealings, he begins to realise the law has been bent to suit the needs of an elite, privileged few.
Saturday 19th March, 9pm, BBC4

4. Murder *UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *SERIES FINALE*
The last of these three intense stories. Ten years ago, three armed robbers were convicted of the murder of an off-duty policeman in a swimming pool car park. What has never been ascertained is which one of them actually pulled the trigger. The victim’s daughter Jess witnessed the crime as a seven-year-old girl, and has been tormented by this and other gaps in the official account ever since. She has ended up in a youth offenders’ institute herself, where her therapist has convinced the trio to provide Jess with the truth. Each give their accounts of what happened that night – while Jess hopes she will finally achieve closure.
Thursday 17th March, 9pm, BBC2

5. Mark Billingham’s Rule Book Of Crime *UK PREMIERE RADIO DRAMA*
The bestselling crime writer Mark Billingham peers through his spyglass to uncover radio gold from Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Raymond Chandler, Henning Mankell and P.D. James. So not quite a drama, but plenty of drama in it, if you see what I mean. Award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham is best known for his Tom Thorne novels, which have been thrilling readers since 2001. He explains how all crime writers tend to borrow from their predecessors – standing on the shoulders of giants, or maybe little old ladies. Mark mixes archive clips of Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and P.D. James with prime examples of their work translated to radio. Dramas include The Copper Beeches featuring Carleton Hobbes as Sherlock Holmes, June Whitfield as Miss Marple in Nemesis and Ray Brooks as Detective Brook in the rarely heard Detective from 1984. There are also Harriet Gilbert’s 2011 documentary on Raymond Chandler and the master of Nordic noir, Henning Mankell’s 2010 appearance on Book Club.
Saturday 19th March, 9am, BBC Radio 4 Extra

6. Grantchester *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A young man sat alone in the church and covered in blood confesses to Sidney and Geordie that he attacked and killed his landlord. However, when the pair investigate further, they find the alleged victim alive and well with his family. Elsewhere, Margaret’s visits to the vicarage begin to leave Mrs Maguire irritated, Leonard is distracted by secretive trips to the cinema, and Geordie is compelled to deal with a surprising shoplifter.
Wednesday 16th March, 9pm, ITV

7. The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The prosecution team’s earnest and steadfast reliance on evidence is no match for Johnnie Cochran’s tactics and mind games, or his stage-managed showcase of his client”s life. Despite in-fighting among the defence lawyers, it is their opponents who suffer greater set-backs, while Chris Darden faces antagonism from friend and foe alike.
Monday 14th March, 9pm, BBC2

8. Houdini & Doyle *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Historical murder mystery starring Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston in which Arthur Conan Doyle and escape artist Harry Houdini assist the police with baffling cases that appear to have a supernatural element. Yes, I know – Houdini teams up with Conan Doyle to fight crime. Their first case finds the duo joined by Scotland Yard’s first female constable to investigate the murder of a nun at one of the infamous Magdalene Laundries, where an eyewitness claims a ghost committed the crime.
Tuesday 15th March, 10.15pm, ITV Encore

9. 100 Code *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Conley has a breakthrough in the case when paintings found in Andrej’s cabin seem familiar. Crime drama, in which a New York detective teams up with a Swedish cop to investigate a series of murders.
Thursday 17th March, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

10. Murdoch Mysteries *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
After a student dies mysteriously in a professor’s opium den, Crabtree helps Ogden and Rebecca James investigate in the morgue.
Monday 14th March, 9pm, Alibi

 

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