Brendan Gleeson lands starring role in Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes

Ever since the mid-1970s, Stephen King’s work has been adapted for cinema screen and TV with regularity. That says a lot about the author’s incredibly prolific output, and King continues to bash out novels like they’re going out of fashion. In recent years, King has turned his skilled hand to the crime novel, but to…

Why All4’s Search Party is worth a look

Crime drama is super, mega-busy at the moment and we’re trying our best to cover as much stuff as we can here at The Killing Times. One US series that slipped under the radar was Search Party, which, I was reliably informed was an entertaining mix of comedy and thriller. I was told this by…

Review: Endeavour (S4 E4/4), Sunday 29th January, ITV

After having just watched the first five episodes of the thought-provoking, raw and hard-going Case, coming back to Endeavour was like settling back into a favourite armchair with a glass of red and shuffling your feet into a pair of fleece-lined slippers. That’s not to say that Endeavour is meagre or weak, but this Morse prequel…

Review: Case (S1 E2-5), Walter Presents

With so much on at the moment it’s difficult to keep up with everything, but after watching the first episode of 10-part Icelandic crime drama, Case, on Channel 4 last week, I wanted to make time for the nine remaining episodes, now being shown in their entirety on Walter Presents. Why? It had something about…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 30th January – Sunday 5th February)

It’s pretty much as you were this week with both Apple Tree Yard and Unforgotten approaching its climaxes, and Fortitude shivering on. There’s also something I forgot to mention last week – celebrated crime author John Harvey’s dramatisation of the Qiu Xiaolong Inspector Chen stories, continuing on Radio 4 this week. Enjoy!

Review: Foritude (S2 E1/10), Thursday 26th January, Sky Atlantic

What is it about Fortitude that makes it so chilling? It’s not just the sub-zero temperatures of the Arctic Norwegian setting, though you feel you could freeze just watching the befurred characters slogging through the snow; it’s more that a sense of dread permeates the whole series. Because while the town of Fortitude should be…

Review: Unforgotten (S2 E4/6), Thursday 26th January, ITV

It says much for the crafting of Unforgotten – Chris Lang’s writing and Andy Wilson’s direction – that we want to spend quality time with these characters. Over the past year there have been several series during which we itched to fast-forward through the kind of perfunctory and clunky ‘Basil Exposition moments’ that film critic Mark Kermode…

Netflix news: Stranger Things 2 and Riverdale

The last post I, um, posted was singing the praises of linear TV and the pleasure that can be taken in large groups of people tuning in once a week to watch something that has them hooked. On the flipside is the streaming revolution, where portals like Netflix provide whole series to be consumed greedily…

Trapped’s Clive Bradley wins prestigious Writers’ Guild Award

I don’t normally like to do write posts about award ceremonies (I like to focus on the programmes themselves and let other media outlets do that sort of stuff), but this seems to be worth shouting about. Trapped, The Killing Times’ Best Crime Drama 2016, has done ever so well – picking up, ahem, prestigious…

BBC Four acquires Spanish crime drama I Know Who You Are

Regardless of the fact that  Walter Presents is going great guns at the moment and there are other channels to watch foreign-language crime drama on, nothing quite beats the Saturday-9pm-slot on BBC Four. There’s still a lot to be said for tuning in once a week to follow a story (linear style, how old fashioned)…

BBC confirms transmission date for ‘Shannon Matthews drama’ The Moorside

We’ve known for a while that the BBC was planning a drama set against the backdrop of the Shannon Matthews case. It was to star Sheridan Smith as friend of Karen Matthews, Julie Bushby, Sherlock’s Sian Brooke as Matthews’ neighbour Natalie, and Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran as police liaison officer Christine Freeman. We’re told that…

First Look: Sweden’s Before We Die

Innan vi dör (Before We Die) is the new big crime series on Swedish public service channel SVT. Of course, it’s not a given that every Scandinavian crime series will be exported to the UK, but as this one is showing a good amount of potential after two episodes, let’s have a look at what’s…