The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 19th – Sunday 25th September)

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L-R Dee (Andrea Riseborough), Paul (Robbie Coltrane) and Marie (Julie Walters)

New stuff alert! With One Of Us and Beck finished (at least for now in Beck’s case), we have some hefty new series to sink our teeth into. The first is Channel 4’s Operation Yewtree-inspired four-parter National Treasure – written by Jack Thorne and starring Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters (as well as the excellent Andrea Riseborough), it’s well worth a watch. Elsewhere, the eight-part Paranoid cranks up on ITV.

1 National Treasure *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Paul Finchley is one half of a much-loved comedy double act, whose life is turned upside down when he is arrested after an accusation of rape that dates back to the 1990s. Paul adamantly denies having even met the woman making the allegation and his loyal wife (Julie Walters) must decide whether to stand by him, while his troubled daughter (Andrea Riseborough) begins to question her relationship with her father.
Tuesday 22nd September, 9pm, Channel 4

2 Paranoid *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The brutal murder of a local GP in a children’s playground appears to be an open-and-shut case when detectives Bobby Day, Nina Suresh and Alec Wayfield identify the killer on CCTV. But it quickly turns out that there is more to the crime than meets the eye.
Thursday 22nd September, 9pm, ITV

3 The Night Of *UK PREMIERE EPIPSODE*
Stone witnesses some suspicious behaviour at Andrea’s funeral, while Alison attempts to persuade Naz to take a plea deal.
Thursday 22nd September, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

4 DCI Banks *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The team is thrown when a recently rescued kidnap victim is found murdered, with evidence suggesting a local protection gang is to blame. However, apprehending the woman they suspect proves challenging, as witnesses know the price they will pay for talking to the police. Meanwhile, Banks discovers a long-buried secret.
Wednesday 21st September, 9pm, ITV

5 Ripper Street *NEW LINEAR TV PREMIERE EPISODE*
No details were available of the time of writing.
Monday 19th September, 9pm, BBC2

6 Justified *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Givens tries to persuade Arlo to inform on Bo Crowder, while Boyd continues to interfere with his father’s criminal activities. Elsewhere, Ava strikes back against the Crowder clan and Givens rekindles his romance with his ex-wife.
Thursday 22nd September, 12am, Spike TV

7 Rizzoli & Isles *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Jane works on the case of an affluent lawyer’s apparently accidental fall down the stairs and Maura gets closer to Hope while recovering from surgery.
Thursday 22nd September, 8pm, Alibi

8 Ängleby *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Amos and Viveka make an important discovery in Torsten’s cabin, while Therese and Calle continue their own search for Jesper’s murderer.
Wednesday 21st September, 10pm, ITV Encore

9 Not As Far As Velma
Nicolas Freeling’s Parisian police inspector, Henri Castang, finds his hands full when investigating a routine case. Best known for creating the 70s television detective series Van der Valk, crime writer Nicolas Freeling wrote sixteen Henri Castang adventures. This six-part adaptation of the eleventh novel finds the Inspector sent to a hotel in a small northern French town. The plot begins in Paris, when an elderly Auschwitz survivor is told that he is the last guest to sign the register in a hotel whose owner has disappeared. He is positive that he has never stayed there and, intrigued, he visits the town where the hotel is located. There he meets Castang who is investigating the hotel owner’s disappearance. From there, the story gets even more complex involving Nicaraguan Sandinistas, the bombing of a convent, a briefcase full of money and a Catholic bishop with leftist leanings – all suffused with memories of the horrors of Auschwitz. Not As Far As Velma stars Keith Barron (Benidorm, Stella), Clive Swift (Keeping Up Appearances, Peak Practice) and Nigel Carrington (The Dark Knight, Kavanagh QC).
Friday 23rd September, 6am, BBC Radio 4 Extra

10 Rosewood *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Amidst the glitz and glamour of Miami Fashion Week, there is a plot to kill one of the city’s hottest new designers, who turns to Rosewood for help.
Tuesday 20th September, 8pm, Alibi

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