The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 4th – Sunday 10th April)

MarcellaHere we go then. Hans Rosenfeldt’s first ever British-based crime series is upon us – a complex, twisty-turny eight-part thriller starring Anna Friel as the aforementioned Marcella. Elsewhere, the third episode of the astonishingly good Line Of Duty will no doubt wow us with all sorts of shenanigans, while there’s also an intriguing one-off on Channel 4 called The People Next Door, which is well worth a watch.

    Former detective Marcella Backland is shocked to the core when her husband Jason leaves her unexpectedly, confessing he no longer loves her. Heartbroken, she returns to her job on the Met’s murder squad that she gave up 10 years before to have her second child, and decides to follow up on a hunch she had in a case involving a serial killer.
    Monday 4th April, 9pm, ITV

Steve Arnott remains undeterred by recent events, continuing his search for evidence in the case against Danny Waldron, and when his theory is confirmed he vows to get justice. Meanwhile, Kate Fleming discovers that PC Hari Bains is making calls to an unregistered phone number while having clandestine meetings with colleague Jackie Brickford. Steve acts fast – but it is Cottan’s actions that garner praise.
Thursday 7th April, 9pm, BBC2

3. The People Next Door *NEW UK PREMIERE ONE-OFF*
A young middle class couple, Gemma and Richard, investigate their `neighbours from hell’ after being subjected to disturbing sounds such as arguments, screams and apparent violence. After compiling an evidence blog, they begin to fear they could be living next door to the next `Baby P’, and Gemma is convinced they have a moral duty to investigate. However, when they are interviewed by the police after an altercation with the people next door, it soon becomes evident that they themselves could be the real `neighbours from hell’.
Wednesday 6th April, 9pm, Channel 4

4. Follow The Money *UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
Jens Kristian shares details of Energreen’s illegal setup with Mads and Alf, but the information isn’t enough to prevent the firm making its long-awaited listing on the stock exchange. Claudia is shocked by what her son Bertram witnessed, and while Erik needs medical attention, Nicky and Bimse are reluctant to risk taking him to a hospital.
Saturday 9th April, 9pm, BBC4

When Sidney’s old friend Reverend Sam Milburn visits the parish claiming to be seeking forgiveness for his crimes, the vicar is torn. Matters complicate further when Harding Redmond finds out he has returned and makes threats against his life, and Sam flees. With his friend now missing, Sidney fears the worst and must once again join forces with Geordie to investigate. Meanwhile, Leonard continues to wrestle with his feelings for Daniel Marlowe, and a visit from Mrs Maguire leads to Amanda having a heart-to-heart with Guy.
Wednesday 6th April, 9pm, ITV

In Day Release by Peter Jukes, Lenny Henry plays Frank Watt who is getting ready to face life on the outside after 30 years in prison. Frank is looking forward to coming out, but things have changed a lot in 30 years and he’s institutionalised. He quite likes his bookish, monk-like life inside and the anger he was boiling over with when he went to prison is down to a manageable simmer. Frank has already had a few days out on day release and it was full-on – almost unbearably intense compared to the quiet order of his cell. In this opening episode, listeners will find out whether Frank can finally cut loose from his prison dependencies.
Wednesday 6th April, 2.15pm, BBC Radio 4

7. Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The team tackles the case of a murdered golfer, leading Murdoch to take up the sport as part of his investigation – with a warning that Ogden will lose her husband to the sport.
Monday 4th April, 9pm, Alibi

8. Rizzoli & Isles *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The clock is ticking as the team works to solve a murder with explosive consequences, while Angela balks when Ron offers to take her on a romantic getaway.
Wednesday 6th April, 9pm, Alibi

9. Inspector George Gently
he chief inspector comes up against Rattigan (Kevin Whately), an old adversary from his days in London, whose legal challenge to his prison sentence has been upheld on the grounds that Gently fabricated evidence against him. Donald McGhee, the detective’s friend and former colleague in the Met, unexpectedly arrives in Durham to offer support, but his motives remain questionable. With Bacchus torn between loyalty and ambition, Gently knows that it’s up to him to find a solution to his dilemma.
Tuesday 5th April, 8pm, Drama

10. Shetland
The third episode from series one. A journalist dies in a suspicious car accident, and when it turns out he was an old friend of Perez, a forensic scientist is called in to ensure an objective view of the case. As the team awaits her results, they look into the reasons for the victim’s return to the island, and find he was chasing a lead about plans for a controversial new gas pipeline. Was this the story that cost him his life?
Wednesday 6th April, 9pm, Drama



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