The eagle-eyed among you will know that the first week of January is mayhem when it comes to crime drama. The schedulers like to batter us with new series left, right and centre after the perceived quiet period over Christmas, and they think that all we want to do is stay in and watch TV and after a week of staying in and watching TV. No matter – this week sees the start of a LOAD of new crime drama series. You may not leave the house again for the next month or so.
As well know, Sherlock is now a global phenomenon and its star, Benedict Cumberbatch, has been propelled into the stratosphere because of it. It’s a wonder that any of the main players have any time to do Sherlock these days, but it’s great that they do – it’s one of those real event TV moments. Anyway, on the eve of the new series, we managed to get hold of an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, which you can read after the jump.
OK, so we’ve had our say and now it’s your turn. Putting lists together is always fun, but what’s also fun is discussing the aftermath and letting you have your say on your favourites. We obviously voted Trapped as the best of the bunch this year, but you might have different ideas. So, after the jump there’s a poll, where you can vote for your favourites.
Just reading through the first 10 picks in our annual Top 15 Crime Dramas of year, it really hits you just how high the standard has been this year. Already we’ve had some of the heavy hitters of British crime drama, which means – I hope – that our top five is something really special. What makes these final five so special? It’s a subjective business, of course, but for us the very best crime drama manages to infuse a compelling mystery and detection process with stories of the human condition, and we really think this final batch of brilliant series managed to strike that perfect balance between the two. Read on for the top five, but don’t worry – I’ll give you the chance to vote for your favourites tomorrow.
Yesterday, I kicked off the countdown that every self-respecting, discerning crime drama fan had been waiting for (well, two of you): The Killing Times’ Top 15 Crime Dramas Of 2016. This year has seen an incredible variety of crime dramas, and numbers 15-11 reflected that: there was a horror/crime mash-ups, dramas based on real, true-life stories, and even a good, old-fashioned whodunit. So what’s next, and who makes the top 10? Read on!
Last night, on Boxing Day here in the UK, we were treated to another Sarah Phelps adaptation of an Agatha Christie story: an intriguing, post-World War I yarn set in the Roaring Twenties, a murder of a voracious but tragic socialite at its heart. Nailed on for her murder was her young lover and ex-soldier Leonard Vole, who was relying on the alibi of his partner, Romaine Heilger, to get him off the hook. Except Heilger (Andrea Riseborough in mesmerising form) changed her tune just before his trial, spitting “hang” in his face. Why had she done this? While not a primary suspect, she was playing with the truth. Or was she? We were about to find out…
NB: Spoilers ahoy
Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the internet again, here’s another list to add to the many that are floating about at this time of the year. Unlike other sites, I like to leave our selections right until the very end of the year because there’s always a few nuggets over the festive period that deserve consideration. And, like last year, there were one or two series in December that were stunners. But not only December – the whole year was littered with fantastic, varied crime dramas: some were procedural, some were psychological, some were whodunity, and some were even a mixture of everything… the sheer variety of fare on offer within the genre was sometimes breathtaking and the overall standard was very high. So we need to get going. Strap yourselves in, here it comes…