Review: Rillington Place (S1 E3/3), Tuesday 13th December, BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 01/12/2016 - Programme Name: Rillington Place - TX: 13/12/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. 3) - Picture Shows:  John Christie (TIM ROTH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Des Willie

(C) BBC – Photographer: Des Willie

During two episodes of Rillington Place, Tim Roth’s whispering, hunched portrayal of serial killer John ‘Reg’ Christie had been nothing short of sensational. Add to that an exemplary performance by Samantha Morton as his wife, Ethel, and an incredibly creepy location, which has been a character all in itself, and Rillington Place has been an edge-of-your-seat experience that has balanced tension and suspense not only beautifully but highly effectively. Now it was time for the finale – we knew that Reg was to be eventually found out, but we needed to know how and when. We needed to know. Continue reading

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Channel 4 announces filming begins on Born To Kill

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image003Channel 4 doesn’t do many crime dramas, but when it does you can guarantee they’ll be at least interesting. This year, the channel pumped out intriguing one-offs and a three-part series (National Treasure) that was superb. Now it has announced that another series, Born To Kill, has started filming and, what’s more, it has a fantastic pedigree both in front of the camera, and behind it. Continue reading

Series six of Spiral finishes filming

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les-acteurs-d-engrenages-passent-a-l-interrogatoirem176429Admittedly, there’s not much of a story here, but I do like to keep up with what’s going on with our crime drama-making friends and Spiral (Engrenages) is one of the best out there and one of our readers’ favourite shows. Thanks to a tip off from our friends over at Scanoir.co.uk (here if you want to visit them), we now know that series six of the gritty Parisian noir has now wrapped up filming, which also means that its appearance grows ever shorter. Check the photos over the jump for evidence. Continue reading

BBC shares first image of Nicole Kidman from Top Of The Lake 2

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 16:30:01 on 05/10/2016 - Programme Name: Top Of The Lake 2 - TX: n/a - Episode: First Look (No. First Look) - Picture Shows:  Robin Griffin [ELISABETH MOSS] - (C) See Saw Productions Australia - Photographer: Sally Bongers

(C) See Saw Productions Australia – Photographer: Sally Bongers

One of the crime dramas I’m most looking forward to in 2017 is the second series of Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake. The first series was a strange, almost hallucinogenic story told in verdant Kiwi countryside; lakes shimmering, mountains encircling, forests enveloping, and eccentric folk doing strange things. It was a stunner. We know that for series two Elisabeth Moss returns as Robin, and Campion has managed to lure Nicole Kidman to the cast. Now we get our first look at the award-winning actress. Continue reading