Review: Y Gwyll/Hinterland (S3 E1/8), Sunday 30th October, S4C

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y-gwyll-threeWhile BBC4 massages us with bright, sun-lit crime dramas from Australia on a Saturday night (which feels a bit wrong as we descend into winter if I’m being honest), S4C is back with another series of Y Gwyll (Hinterland), which has gained strong critical acclaim (not least from this site) for its fantastically dark, cinematic stories of folk from the Ceredigion slowly falling apart. You can add to that list of frayed characters DI Tom Matthias (the perennially frowning Richard Harrington), who originally came to Aberystwyth looking for a new life after the death of his daughter, a subsequent breakdown and the estrangement from his wife. What he found instead was a rural community festering from decades-old feuds, monosyllabic communication, and a sense that the bleak, unforgiving landscape bore not only supreme stoicism but an acrid bitterness in the people that mingled with it. With the show becoming a global hit thanks to Netflix – indeed, it’s one of the most commented upon shows on this site – I couldn’t wait to see what series three had in store for me.

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The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 31st October – Sunday 6th November)

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first_look_at_the_cast_of_new_bbc_period_drama_the_moonstoneThere’s a nice array of all-new crime drama as we approach the winter months. Y Gwyll/Hinterland continues its third series on S4C, while two new series start this week – an adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone (stripped across the week during daytime hours) and another Victorian era-set two-parter, Dark Angel, on ITV. Enjoy! Continue reading

BBC announces Sherlock series 4 transmission date and new trailer

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 13:00:00 on 31/08/2016 - Programme Name: Sherlock - TX: n/a - Episode: Sherlock - early release Sept (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) - (C) Hartswood Films - Photographer: Todd Antony

 (C) Hartswood Films – Photographer: Todd Antony

The roads we walk have demons hidden.
And yours have been waiting for a very long time.

And lo, it came to pass, that the great Sherlock machine whirred into life yesterday. It’s been a fantastically busy week for me this past seven days, so I’m behind on my reviews (Ängelby, The Missing). I’m doing a bit of catching up this morning, so I thought I’d put this out there: the first Sherlock trailer from series four, and a transmission date. Continue reading

Review: The Level (S1 E5/6), Friday 28th October, ITV

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the_level_star_karla_crome_on_filming_that_big_twist___i_didn_t_see_it_coming__With ‘Undercover Barbie’  Nancy knee-deep in Elliot’s dirty business, the case of missing driver Stefan Millner and his phantom truck has rather gone on the back burner. But to complicate things further, it now appears that someone has got to Nancy’s mother, prompting her to abscond from her care home. Continue reading

Review: The Fall (S3 E6/6), Friday 28th October, BBC2

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 18/10/2016 - Programme Name: The Fall - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 6) - Picture Shows: *Embargoed until 00.01 18th October 2016* Paul Spector (JAMIE DORNAN)  - (C) The Fall 3 Ltd - Photographer: Helen Sloan

(C) The Fall 3 Ltd – Photographer: Helen Sloan

There is a visible and an invisible world – that’s why people get hurt,” says Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). And he knows more about hurt – both as giver and receiver – than most.We head towards a predictable denouément with a sick foreboding because events, although absorbing – have been travelling at a sclerotic pace. Physical action has also slowed; everyone has been moving around at a leisurely gait (partly dictated by Spector’s incapacitation) as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) stares gauzily into the middle distance in the same way that Amanda Burton used to in Silent Witness.

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Review: The Fall (S3 E5/6), Thursday 27th October, BBC2

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 18/10/2016 - Programme Name: The Fall - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 6) - Picture Shows: *Embargoed until 00.01 18th October 2016* DSI Stella Gibson (GILLIAN ANDERSON) - (C) The Fall 3 Ltd - Photographer: Helen Sloan

(C) The Fall 3 Ltd – Photographer: Helen Sloan

Over the three-series arc of The Fall we have witnessed something that rarely happens to characters in returning police procedurals; its lead character has evolved. No, not changed personality entirely, as sometimes happens with the vagaries of plot-led dramas or different writers – but matured and deepened.

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First Look: Midnight Sun (Sweden)

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screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-19-05I’m aware this site wouldn’t normally do something like this (extensively preview a show that hasn’t been signed by a UK broadcaster) but Midnight Sun sounds so intriguing and could be the next big Nordic thing. With all that in mind and being a resident in Sweden, I wanted to at least see what it was like and give you an idea of it. Midnight Sun (Midnattssol) started in Sweden at the weekend and it got off to a promising start. I do think this will be picked up by some channel in the UK, so here are my first impressions… Continue reading