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

While 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…

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

There’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!

BBC announces Sherlock series 4 transmission date and new trailer

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…

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

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.

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

“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….

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

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. NB: Spoilers ahoy!

First Look: Midnight Sun (Sweden)

I’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…

ITV sets transmission date for Dark Angel

Dark Angel is a new two-part ITV drama, from Line of Duty makers World Productions, based on the extraordinary true story of the Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, played by Golden Globe winner and Emmy award nominee Joanne Froggatt. It looks like it’s going to be good, with a very decent cast. We now know…

Trapped wins prestigious Prix Europa award for fiction series

It’s worth reminding ourselves that earlier on this year – right at the start of 2016 – BBC4 broadcast a new Icelandic series that went on to become one of the most popular crime dramas of the year. Not necessarily in audience figures (although they were very good for BBC4), but because of the amount…

Review: The Night Of (S1 E8/8), Thursday 20th October, Sky Atlantic

I’ve been so busy recently, I almost forgot to post this review altogether. That astonishes me because this series has been one of the year’s better crime dramas, dripping with New York grime, sultry, noirish dialogue and some fantastic acting across the board. After seven episodes of high tension and fascinating but heartbreaking character development,…

Will Midnight Sun be the next big Scandinavian hit?

It’s always good to keep abreast of what’s happening in the world of Scandinavian and Nordic crime drama – it’s just so damn popular over here in the UK – and networks are forever searching for that next big hit. This year it was Trapped, that fantastic Icelandic drama that really helped to put the…