The 10 Best New Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 21st – Sunday 27th March)

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It’s another big week down in the dark alley way of crime drama on TV. We have one of the country’s major crime dramas returning – series three of Line Of Duty – and the excellent and serpentine Thirteen comes to an end on BBC3 at the end of the week (although if you’re watching along on BBC2, you’ll be reaching episode four). There’s also a brand new radio drama, Hollywood Endings, starring Kathleen Turner to look out for.

  1. Line Of Duty *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
    Jed Mercurio’s cop-investigating-cop drama returns. A hardened criminal is shot dead by an armed-response unit led by Sgt Danny Waldron, who claims they were acting in self-defence when interviewed by Hastings and Arnott. To find out more, DC Kate Fleming is sent undercover into Danny’s team, and she is quick to identify tensions between the officers – only for her own conduct to come under scrutiny.
    Thursday 23rd March, 9pm, BBC2

Ivy is forced to face her past and put herself at risk in order to save Phoebe. Carne and Merchant do everything they can to protect her, but in underestimating Mark White they have left their own lives hanging in the balance. As the Moxam family are plunged back into the horror of 13 years ago, Ivy must decide if she wants to give in to the past, or fight for the future.
Sunday 27th March, from 12pm, BBC3
Episode four: Sunday 27th March, 10pm, BBC2

3. Hollywood Endings *UK PREMIERE RADIO SERIES*
In this new 10-part series by Ron Hutchinson, Kathleen Turner stars as Detective Anna Caceres of the Los Angeles Police Department, LAPD. When Transaviation Flight 179 from Boston crashes into the Sierra Nevada on its approach to Los Angeles International Airport killing everyone on-board, it first seems like a simple but tragic case of human error. But when Caceres discovers that Curtis Wexler (played by Nathan Osborn) – a limo driver who was due to meet a wealthy businessman from the flight – is now dating the man’s widow, she believes there may be more to the disaster than she first thought.
Monday 21st March, 10.45am, BBC Radio 4

4. The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story *UK PREMEIRE EPISODE*
Public opinion turns against prosecutor Marcia Clark as she is pilloried for her appearance, while more missteps by the investigating detectives during their searches for evidence are revealed – though defence lawyer Johnnie Cochran has a damaging secret of his own. Meanwhile, the Increasing TV coverage of the trial is bringing pressure to bear on all those concerned.
Monday 21st March, 9pm, BBC2

5. Grantchester *UK PREMEIRE EPISODE*
As the trial of local teenager Gary Bell approaches, Sidney and Geordie find themselves in disagreement regarding his guilt. Meanwhile, a man is convinced that his dead wife is haunting his home and stable yards, and implores Sidney to come to his estate and perform an exorcism for him. The vicar offers prayers and counsel, but when the man is found hanged in the exact same spot in which his wife died, Sidney and Geordie are united by a shared goal as they investigate his suicide.
Wednesday 23rd March, 9pm, ITV

Knowing that Anna and Daisy’s lives are in grave danger, Harry struggles to find a way to save them from Golding’s cruel plan. Unsure of who he can trust, the detective has been told that the only way to spare them is to make the ultimate personal sacrifice. But for a man with power over luck, could there be another means?
Friday 25th March, 9pm, Sky1

7. Murdoch Mysteries *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The detective visits the bank for a loan and finds himself in the midst of a bank heist that puts his reputation at risk.
Monday 21st March, 9pm, Alibi

It’s the final episode of this US/Swedish mash-up procedural. Conley’s interrogation tactics finally yield results.
Wednesday 23rd March, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

9. Deadline *RADIO DRAMA*
Kathleen Turner plays author Sarah Paretsky’s formidable private investigator, V.I. Warshawski. V.I. Warshawski (‘V.I.’ are her initials, not her rank) is the Chicago-based offspring of a half-Jewish Italian mother and a Polish American police officer. A child of the ‘60s American counter-culture, she earned a law degree and then turned private cop, specializing in white-collar crime. Sarcastic and hot-tempered, she prefers jeans and t-shirts to formal clothes and prefers to sleep nude. She enjoys a whisky, but never on the job, and a Polish sausage sandwich or two. Her two female confidantes straddle the great divide. On this side, it’s a Viennese doctor who invariably has to patch her up and on the other side, her dead mother with whom she converses in Italian. In Deadlock, the follow-up novel to Indemnity Only, Vic attends her professional ice-hockey player cousin’s funeral and then vows to get to the bottom of his death, dismissing the notion that it was an accident. Whilst digging for evidence aboard the yacht of a shipping magnate, Vic’s life is put in jeopardy.
Thursday 24th March, 6am, BBC Radio 4 Extra

Gordon wakes to find himself in the clutches of Cobblepot and Nygma, who explains they are the only friends he has and there is no choice but to work with them if he wants to take Theo Galavan down and rescue Bruce. The three begin making plans to break into Theo’s residence and save the young heir, but Leslie attempts to persuade the detective to turn himself in to the GCPD by informing him that she is pregnant.
Monday 21st March, 10pm, Channel 5


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael says:

    I see no ‘Follow The Money’.
    Probably deservedly so…


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      I was away this weekend Michael, so had a nice break away from the computer and the crime drama. Will catch up with it this week…


      1. Michael says:

        Maybe you’ll get farther than I did … if I get to see another Scandinavian cop with an estranged/diseased/dead wife who forgets to pick up his kid(s) from school, I’ll scream.
        But hey, maybe that’s the kind of “social comment” the marketing department tells you has to be included.


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