Review: The Out-Laws (S1 E3/9), Friday 29th July, More4

And so this Belgian dark crime comedy continues, but the real breakthrough is that I’ve figured out how More4 is numbering the episodes. A few people have asked why there have been discrepancies, and it’s been frustrating (I care about such details). So, originally in Belgium there were 10 episodes of The Out-Laws, but in…

Review: Beck (The Silent Scream), Saturday 30th July, BBC4

Poor Martin Beck (Peter Haber) is not having a good day; the milk for his breakfast has boiled over and he has a raging toothache. To compound this, he hears on his kitchen radio that there’s blood on the tracks in his patch at Stockholm’s Flemingsberg Station.

The Night Of coming to Sky Atlantic in September

The Night Of, a curiously named eight-part series based on the BBC’s Criminal Justice series, is getting good reviews over in the US. It’s being broadcast on HBO – so there’s a stamp of quality, right there – and it’s coming over to the UK in September, via Sky Atlantic. Let’s take a look…

Netflix debuts Winona Ryder Stranger Things featurette online

I know I’ve already posted something about Stranger Things today, but it’s being talked about and there are a lot of fans out there, so here’s another post. Netflix sent out an email telling journos about a new online featurette, focusing on Winona Ryder’s character Joyce Byers, mother of the missing boy in Hawkins Indiana…

No Offence hires Deutschland 83 director for season two

Paul Abbott’s award-winning cop show, No Offence, is about to start filming its second series, and the show has hired a director who has gained critical acclaim for a show that has also appeared on Channel 4. The fifth episode of the seven-part series two is to be directed by Deutschland 83’s Samira Radsi – her first…

Stranger Things second season likely to be ‘sequel’

Hands up who are currently engrossed in Netflix’s latest must-watch series, Stranger Things? Yes, me too. I’m two episodes in and I’m enjoying it greatly. One of the reasons I’m enjoying is because, as a child of the 1980s, it feels like a pitch-perfect mash-up of everything I loved about mainstream movies back then, right…

New Twin Peaks likely to be summer 2017 at the earliest

Regular readers of this site will probably know by now that I’m excited by the return of Twin Peaks next year. It has had a rocky road to completion but with everything in place the only thing we’re waiting for now is information on when it’ll be played out, and in how many series it…

Review: The Secret Agent (S1 E2/3), Sunday 24th July, BBC1

I woke up this morning after last night’s second episode of The Secret Agent to news of more shootings and suicide bombs, in Florida and Germany respectively. It’s a hard, awful world we’re living in at the moment, and The Secret Agent, although set a hundred years ago, has themes and arguments that are extremely…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 25th – Sunday 31st July)

It’s very much as you were in crime drama land this week, with lots of continuing series. New US procedural, Rosewood, starts on Alibi, though, so at least that’s something new. And there’s also a rare chance to see the very first episode of doughty Jessica Fletcher classic, Murder, She Wrote.

Review: Beck (The Weak Link), Saturday 23rd July, BBC4

After last week’s bizarre homage to Hannibal, in The Missing Link, Beck is back to rather more gritty matter, as a young girl, Denise, is raped and murdered on her way home after a party. Her parents find her dead in a park,  and suspects include a dodgy Russian taxi driver, a weirdo walker, and a n’er-do-well…

Harrogate Dispatches #7: French Noir

Great crime writing knows no borders and one of the many fortuitous aspects about time at Harrogate’s Old Swan hotel is the opportunity the panel discussions provide to shine a light on all aspects of the genre: including novels which don’t originate in English. Taking the stage for France Noir were Pierre Lemaitre (Travail soigné…