The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 12th – Sunday 18th December)

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webanxmidsmurds19e1As Christmas approaches, there’s a real ‘series finale’ feel in the air this week: Rillington Place, Y Gwyll, Modus and Secrets And Lies all reach their conclusion. But wait… there are some new things on this week. Look out for new series of Elementary and Midsomer Murders. Hurrah!

1 Rillington Place *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *SERIES FINALE*
After the strain of Timothy Evans’ trial, Christie finds it increasingly difficult to maintain the charade. As his marriage breaks down he embarks upon a course of action that finally reveals his true nature to the world.
Tuesday 6th December, 9pm, BBC1

2 Y Gwyll/Hinterland *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *SERIES FINALE*
Time to find out of Prosser and co get their comeuppance.
Sunday 11th December, 9pm, S4C

3 Modus *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES* *SERIES FINALE*
Inger Johanne continues to use her expertise and intuition to find the killer, but as she does, the culprit gets closer to her. Elsewhere, Marcus Stahl finds it increasingly difficult to keep his nefarious secret.
Saturday 10th December, 9pm, BBC4

4 In Plain Sight *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Muncie is convinced Manuel has now committed four murders, but William Watt is arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, daughter and sister-in-law, despite having been on a fishing trip at the time. With no arrest made following Anne Kneiland’s murder, Muncie is determined to get the truth and visits Manuel’s father, who has given his son the alibi he needed to be free of police suspicion. While Muncie finally casts enough suspicion on Watt’s arrest to have him released, it is not long before another young girl goes missing.
Wednesday 7th December, 9pm, ITV

5 Elementary *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The world’s greatest detective returns as Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu reprise their roles in season five of the modern day adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Joan Watson. In the opening episode of the fifth season, Holmes and Watson are called in to assist on a manhunt when a notoriously deadly serial bomber returns to New York. The case proves challenging even with the Great Detective on their side, so Watson turns to a former patient for help – Shinwell Johnson. Also, something seems off about Watson’s demeanour, leading Holmes to deduce that perhaps she is tiring of the life of a detective.
Tuesday 13th December, 9pm, Sky Living

6 Midsomer Murders *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The village of Little Auburn has stood abandoned since the Second World War, but now plans are afoot to restore it to its former glory via three competing projects. It is left to local landowner Roderick Craven to determine which scheme will win out, but on the eve of his big decision, one of the project leaders is murdered. DCI Barnaby and his new partner DS Jamie Winter are soon on the case, and when death stalks the streets of Little Auburn again, Barnaby and Winter are dragged into a web of conspiracy involving fraud, deadly snakes, and Roderick’s estranged brother, Milo.
Sunday 18th December, 8pm, ITV

7 Secrets And Lies *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Detective Cornell closes in on Kate’s killer; Danny continues his frantic search for his daughter; Cornell faces a tragic surprise.
Tuesday 6th December, 9pm, W

8 One Night In Lillehammer *NEW UK PREMIERE RADIO DRAMA*
The war on terror makes a sudden, terrifying appearance in small-town Norway. The shooting of a Moroccan waiter is Lillehammer’s first murder in years. Detective Inge Olsen relishes the challenge but quickly finds herself out of her depth. This isn’t a random racist attack or the response of a jealous husband, it’s the work of the most ruthlessly efficient state security organisation in the world. Inspired by real events that took place in the wake of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, One Night in Lillehammer constructs an intense crime story set in the short, violent Norwegian summer of 1973.
Tuesday 13th December, 2.15pm, BBC Radio 4

9 Unforgotten
Another chance to see the conclusion of this decent crime drama. Father Robert’s revelations prove to have lasting repercussions, especially for Caroline when she goes into premature labour. Bella and Josh deliberate over the best way to deal with their father, the search for Lizzie continues and Maureen is finally able to lay Jimmy to rest.
Thursday 15th December, 9pm, ITV Encore

10 The Widower
Factual drama based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster, co-written by Bafta winner Jeff Pope. When mild-mannered nurse Malcolm (Reece Shearsmith) is confronted by his new wife over his wild spending, he starts to drug her to keep her quiet. However, a medical check-up then threatens to expose him, so he decides to silence his spouse once and for all. Three years on, he has a new bride – and history appears to be repeating itself.
Tuesday 13th December, 9pm, ITV Encore

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