Review: National Treasure (S1 E1/4), Tuesday 20th September, Channel 4

Channel 4 can always be relied upon to produce¬†interesting, topical and thought-provoking drama in every genre, with each one possessing a very particular style (almost a house style). National Treasure is the latest in a long line of these dramas. It has a heavyweight cast, and examines a subject that’s both uncomfortable to watch as…

S4C confirms broadcast date for season three of Hinterland

Sneakily, Hinterland has become one of the most talked-about British crime dramas. The show, set in the Ceredigion region of west Wales, plays out first on the Welsh-language channel S4C, then in English on BBC4 and then on Netflix, where it reaches a wider, global audience. Judging by the amount of comments we’ve received from…

Interview: Robbie Coltrane, National Treasure

There’s a big, new four-part drama starting on Channel 4 tonight that’s a timely and uncomfortable look at the roles our heroes play in modern society. It’s written by Jack Thorne, and stars Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough – all superb craftspeople. National Treasure doesn’t disappoint, either, and provides an engrossing story. We’ve…

Review: Ripper Street (S4 E5/7), Monday 19th September, BBC2

When your idea of a romantic evening is paddling up the Thames with a bottle of plonk, you know you’ve reached a pretty low ebb. For Jackson and Susan – who has already murdered to preserve the secret of her escape from the gallows – it’s the last roll of the dice. They must surely…