Review: The Secret (S1 E1/4), Friday 29th April, ITV

After all the drama provided by Line Of Duty, I was almost thankful for The Secret’s more conventional narrative. That’s not a knock on it at all – this four-part series, based on a true story and starring James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reilly, was in some ways refreshing in its structure compared to the helter-skelter…

Interview: James Nesbitt, The Secret

Has everyone recovered from Line Of Duty? No? Well tough, because the crime drama wheel still keeps spinning and tonight on ITV (Friday 29th April) there’s an intriguing-looking new three-parter starting up, which is based on a true story. James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reilly play Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan – two married characters who start…

Review: Line Of Duty (S3 E6/6), Thursday 28th April, BBC2

It couldn’t look worse for sleazy Patrick Fairbank; as he’s being questioned about his failure to investigate child abuse, Lindsay Denton’s emailed copy of the Incriminating List turns up. Fairbank is of course on The List, and though Lindsay’s now dead, it seems that her work has been done.But though The Caddy’s paymasters may fall,…

Trailer: Line Of Duty, season three finale

It’s the big one; the one we’ve all been waiting for. Line Of Duty has really captured the imagination and tonight it’s the series three finale, where we finally get to see if The Caddy gets his comeuppance or whether he can successfully frame Steve for his wrongdoings. We’re promised a feature-length episode and some…

Catherine Ryan Howard’s Distress Signals optioned for TV

I was lucky enough to meet Irish writer Catherine Ryan Howard at last year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, where she told me about her debut novel that would be published this year. And now, well… Distress Signals is starting to generate some buzz around it and it looks set to be a bit of…

Review: Gotham (S2 E15/22), Monday 25th April, Channel 5

Every now and again, we find ourselves thinking that Gotham has lost its way; if an episode is to violent, too rushed, too unfocused, or if character consistency goes out of the window. Then we get an episode like this one, and our faith is restored. Oh, the glee when we realised what the producers had…

Season 19 of Midsomer Murder begins shooting; Barnaby gets new sidekick

Midsomer Murders is one of our most enduring and most successful crime dramas, and it still remains extremely popular in the UK as well as abroad. The Scandinavian countries, especially, have a real thing for this cosy long-running series. ITV says that production on series 19 (19!) is underway and that DCI John Barnaby will…

Did Line Of Duty go too far last week?

We’ve already had discussions about whether the levels of authenticity matter to crime drama, but here’s another question that was posed during last week’s episode of Line Of Duty: did one particular scene step over the line when it comes to the balance of fiction and reality? Was the inclusion of a particular, disgraced and…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 25th April – Sunday 1st May)

Quite rightly, the 90-minute series finale of Line Of Duty will hog the headlines this week. It’s set to be a cracking and incredibly tense final episode, and I’ve been told to expect A LOT of the interview scenes that have set this relentless series apart from the rest. Elsewhere, I’m intrigued by the Northern Ireland-set…