Line Of Duty (S3 E5/6), Thursday 21st April, BBC2

We’re now in the position that we don’t know if anyone in this series is totally innocent; with the Masons rearing their conspiratorial heads, even Hastings is under suspicion. As Dot Cottan gets his bravery award at a black tie dinner (surely a uniformed ceremony would be more appropriate?), Steve Arnott’s face is particularly scrunched up;…

Trailer: Line Of Duty, episode five

Line Of Duty has been getting some stonking ratings for series three, and it’s no wonder – it has been a complete rollercoaster. Deaths, delicious villainy, double-crossing galore and those now trademark interview scenes. We only have two episodes left, and with ‘Dot’ Cottan doing a nice job of fitting up Steve Arnott as The…

Review: Marcella (S1 E3/8), Monday 18th April, ITV

OK, so I’m bit late on this one (blame real work in the real world), but I couldn’t not review this eight-part Hans Rosenfeldt show because, well, Hans Rosenfeldt. However, I’m still not won over by this even though it’s rating very well and I certainly should like it. The good news was that this…

ITV confirms The Secret transmission date

This one looks fascinating alright. Starring James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reilly (as well as Jason Watkins), The Secret is based on a true story that happened in Northern Ireland in 1991, and tells the tale of a couple who thought they could, literally, get away with murder. Years later their terrible secret catches up with…

MyAnna Buring lands lead role in Mark Billingham drama In The Dark

We’ve known for a while that best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham’s stand-alone novel, In The Dark, had been adapted for TV by Danny Brocklehurst (who’s a busy boy at the moment), and now we have not only more information, but also a cast to go with it. Whenever one of our premiere crime dramas get…

Review: Gotham (S2 E14/22), Monday 18th April, Channel 5

With Mr Freeze now on ice – a sadly short introduction for one of the most sympathetically portrayed of Gotham’s villains – we return to Bruce Wayne’s quest for vengeance. Will he find what he is looking for, and if he does, will it destroy him?

Anthony Horowitz’s New Blood to debut on iPlayer

We all know that people are consuming their media in different ways these days, namely online. The BBC has been making its iPlayer service a go-to portal with plenty of exclusives recently (not least moving BBC3 there), and it has added to its first-watch slate with Anthony Horowitz’s new investigative drama, New Blood – the…

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

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 –…

Twin Peaks wraps up filming, hints at more than one season

I’ve been following the re-emergence of Twin Peaks with great interest, mainly because it was one of the TV series when I was growing up that really affected me and stayed with me. We all know by now that David Lynch is bringing it back for a new run next year, and even though the new series…

Review: Line Of Duty (S3 E4/6), Thursday 15th April, BBC2

If murdered cop Danny Waldron has deliberately created a trail of evidence leading to abusers from Sands View boys home, who were the guilty parties? Corrupt officer ‘Dot’ Cottan probably knows, and his masters are getting jumpy now that disgraced policewoman Lindsay Denton is out of jail, so she must know something too.

Interview: Harlan Coben, The Five

Tomorrow night sees the first ever TV show from the mind of Harlan Coben – the award-winning, best-selling crime fiction legend. Coben collaborated with Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless) to tell the story of a group of friends whose lives are turned upside down when a tragic incident from their childhood suddenly comes back to haunt them. When a…