The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 11th – Sunday 17th July)

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Yes, he’s back. The taciturn Swedish detective, Martin Beck, is, um, back in, um, Beck. We really enjoyed this cobbled together series from various years when the batch aired last autumn, and now it’s back with more. And that’s not all – after a quiet few weeks, there’s new murderous black comedy on Walter Presents in The Out-Laws, swish new Victorian spy/crime drama The Secret Agent and new daytime crime drama from Ireland, Red Rock. It’s suddenly got busy again!

1 Beck *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Swedish detective Martin Beck receives a call from Hans Sperling, a German colleague who seeks his help in solving the perplexing murder of an art collector. Sperling is in Stockholm for an art auction, and intended to pick up an erotic Japanese painting, but was outbid by the victim, who was later found dead in Sperling’s hotel. While things certainly don’t look good for Beck’s panic-stricken acquaintance, the Swede gumshoe agrees to take up his case, and together the pair delve into the dark world of art fraud.

2 The Out-Laws *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Tied together by the premature death of their parents, the Goethals sisters have clung to each other for support. However, since middle sister Goedele’s marriage the bond has frayed, so her four siblings band together to plot the murder of their obnoxious brother-in-law, Jean-Claude.
Friday 15th July, 9pm, More4

3 The Secret Agent *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel, starring Toby Jones as a shopkeeper in Victorian London who is secretly a spy monitoring anarchist groups for the Russian government, a double life is wife does not suspect. He is ordered by his superiors to arrange a bombing that will be blamed on the Anarchists, prompting the British government to crack down on them, and is forced to recruit his brother-in-law as an accomplice.
Sunday 17th July, 9pm, BBC1

4 The Hunter *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
A serial killer is arrested and, to clear his name, commissions skilled assassin Samuel Delaunay to carry out a murder replicating his sadistic ritual of shaving his victims’ skulls after the killing.
Available now, Walter Presents

5 Red Rock *UK PREMIERE SERIES*
New Irish daytime crime drama. Darren Kiely is discovered badly beaten and the Gardai hope it is not the start of a fresh feud between his family and the Hennessys.
Monday 11th July, 1.45pm, BBC1

6 Justified *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Givens pursues an escaped prisoner who fled despite having only three months of his 15-year sentence left to serve, realising that the convict is looking for the buried loot of his original crime – and that he is not the only one searching for it.
Thursday 14th July, 11pm, Spike TV

7 Agatha Raisin *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The amateur sleuth poses as a TV producer as she, Roy, Gemma and James aim to get to the bottom of a conspiracy involving the untimely death of a young bride.
Tuesday 12th July, 9pm, Sky1

8 19-2 *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Following the trauma of the high school shooting, the team attempts to come to terms with what they endured. Ben attends therapy sessions, while Audrey returns to work.
Wednesday 13th July, 11pm, Spike TV

9 New Blood *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The accountant for a children’s charity is stabbed after sharing his suspicions about financial irregularities with the husband of the company director Lisa Douglas – and although he survives the attack, it’s clear hospital is not the safest place for him. As Rash and Sands investigate, Stefan finds an address connected to a known fraudster among documents seized in an earlier raid. But how are the two connected? Before they know it, the young investigators are working together again.
Thursday 14th July, 9pm, BBC1

10 Chicago PD *UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Ruzek meets with an informant, who tells him about an upcoming robbery – but before he knows what is happening, the cop is driven off and finds himself part of the crime itself.
Thursday 14th July, 9pm, 5USA

 

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