The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 18th – Sunday 24th April)

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All eyes are, inevitably, on Line Of Duty this week (you can’t really take them off it, let’s face it) because there are more twists and turns than you can care to imagine. Elsewhere, the second series of Hinterland starts with the 2015 New Year’s Day special. We’ve already reviewed it, but enjoy it – it’s a cracker.

1 Line Of Duty *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Loyalties are divided when Steve Arnott comes under scrutiny from his colleagues, and with his career in jeopardy he turns to an unlikely source for help. However, his conduct doesn’t go unnoticed by Cottan, who decides to take matters into his own hands. Kate obtains new evidence that means AC-12 are able to question former vice chief Fairbank, but despite her best efforts, she is left frustrated, and Ted Hastings comes under pressure from legal advisor Gill Biggeloe, bringing him to a dramatic decision.
Thursday 21st May, 9pm, BBC2

2 Hinterland *UK PREMIERE SERIES* 
DCI Mathias is forced back to the frontline after a suspected arson attack on an isolated farmhouse leaves a mother and child fighting for their lives. As he and partner Di Mared Rhys investigate, they find themselves drawn into a community rife with old feuds and bitter jealousies – although the case could prove to be a new beginning for the troubled detective.
Saturday 23rd April, 9pm, BBC4

3 Marcella *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Grace’s body is discovered by the police and Marcella tries to keep her head and hide the fact that she was one of the last people to see her alive. Sylvie is distraught at the loss of her daughter and her dismay is further compounded when she learns that Grace and Jason were having an affair, while Henry tries to find comfort with his friends Matthew and Yann. Meanwhile, Peter is released from open prison and makes a beeline for Maddy, who lies to him about having a boyfriend.
Monday 18th April, 9pm, ITV

4 The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story *UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *SERIES FINALE*
The fact-based crime drama about the trial of former American football star OJ Simpson comes to a conclusion as the closing statements are made, some with an eye to the wider world, and the jury’s deliberations prove surprisingly swift as a verdict is reached. The gruelling trial’s outcome triggers recriminations and regrets for some participants and simple celebrations for others, but the threat of violence is cause for concern as tensions rise.
Monday 18th April, 9pm, BBC2

5 Scott & Bailey *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The duo continue to investigate one of the biggest and darkest cases they have ever faced. In the second edition, Rachel’s safety is thrown into question when the killers change the rules of their sick game. Meanwhile, as a police officer, Janet is rendered powerless to protect her daughter, but she knows she must try to find a way to stop the madness.
Wednesday 20th April, 9pm, ITV

The Tunnel: Sabotage *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
As the search for Madeleine Fournier becomes a matter of international urgency, Elise’s investigation is slowed when she is forced to keep new evidence a secret from Karl. Meanwhile, further links between the abduction on the Channel Tunnel and the plane crash are revealed.
Tuesday 19th April, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

6 The Five *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Danny and Ally make a shocking discovery during their inquiries into the murder, one that causes them to wonder what kind of man Jesse may have become. Pru reaches a crossroad when Slade makes her an intriguing proposition, and Mark finds himself back on Laura’s doorstep after a young new client offers him work.
Friday 22nd April, 9pm, Sky1

7 Jack Irish *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Jack’s client Travis Dilthey disappears, causing his to worry that his latest case might be part of some personal vendetta. Meanwhile, in Manila, Linda’s attempts to contact renowned terrorist Hadji Adhib are thwarted by an unidentified observer.
Friday 22nd April, 10pm, FOX

8 Prime Suspect
Series five. Tough Superintendent Jane Tennison is transferred to the Manchester police force, where her uncompromising methods soon create a stir among her more conventionally minded colleagues. Called on to investigate the murder of a local drug dealer, she is unconvinced by an all-too-convenient confession from a 14-year-old possible suspect and decides to pursue her own line of inquiry – homing in on the victim’s former boss, a drugs kingpin known only as `The Street’.
Monday 18th April, 10pm, ITV3

9 Murdoch Mysteries *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A white man visiting an all-black church for Sunday Service is found dead and the new chief constable is keen to charge a black parishioner even before Murdoch has investigated.
Monday 18th April, 9pm, Alibi

10 Gotham *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Alfred and Selina help Bruce on his quest to find his parents’ killer, bringing the young heir into contact with a nightclub hostess Jeri. At Arkham Asylum, Dr Hugo Strange puts Cobblepot through a series of psychological experiments that are designed to remove the crime boss’s violent instincts, but this is only the first stage of a much larger plan.
Monday 18th April, 10pm, Channel 5

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