The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd January)


landscape_uktv-a-song-for-jennyIt’s very much as you were this week, with the exception of a brand-new series in the vacated Sherlock slot – a four-part adaptation of Louise Doughty’s psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard, starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin. It’s worth a watch. Elsewhere, if you’re a Silent Witness fan it’s worth noting that, because of the football, the second part of this week’s story is now on Wednesday night.

Sunny makes further investigations into David Walker’s life that suggest he was a troubled man with a number of issues. Marion has a prickly chat with Cassie about her past and the inquiry reveals her close relationship with an IRA activist. As the police investigation encroaches on their life, Sara and Colin open up to their partners with secrets about their past.
Thursday 19th January, 9pm, ITV

A scientist begins a passionate affair with a stranger who reveals very little about himself, but who plays a mysterious role in the government. Their secret meeting in a backstreet has devastating consequences, as a violent incident threatens everything she holds dear.
Sunday 22nd January, 9pm, BBC1

Morse is assigned to protect an informant who is undergoing emergency surgery. The case brings back unpleasant memories for the detective, while his colleagues are thrown into disarray when Bright is also rushed to hospital. Morse becomes fixated with a series of mysterious deaths that have occurred on the ward, and tries to find the scientific explanation behind stories of a curse.
Sunday 22nd January, 8pm, ITV

The body of 20-year-old Lorna Katz is discovered drifting in the River Lea, with evidence suggesting she was tied up somewhere before she floated downstream. However, the death takes on an ever-more sinister significance when the team discovers that Lorna was the best friend of Ruth Tresize, a teenager who disappeared three years previously, with the missing girl’s mother Ali becoming fixated on Nikki for information, convinced that the two incidents are connected.
Monday 16th/Wednesday 18th January, 9pm, BBC1

Dinah and Deering hunt for those involved in the Attah’s child exploitation, with secrets within the Attah family providing the chance for a crucial breakthrough. Elsewhere, the police are called to deal with an armed robbery at a pub in a converted bank that has escalated into a hostage situation.
Wednesday 18th January, 9pm, Channel 4

6 Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A childhood friend of the detective calls on him to help her on a case when a man she was hired to find is murdered, but it appears she may have been involved in the crime.
Monday 16th January, 9pm, Alibi

An unspeakable act of racial violence rocks Memphis and the Solomon family.
Wednesday 18th January, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

8 Midsomer Murders *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
DCI Barnaby and DS Winter discover a dead body surrounded by rabbits that have escaped from a local pet show, after someone deliberately freed them from their cages. At the crime scene, DCI Barnaby and DS Winter discover that the victim died from a stab wound to the neck, and theorise that the murderer might be a competitor sabotaging the Belville Small Pet Show, and question the Best in Show defending champion Timothy Benson. The pair must work out if this is a sign of rivalry taken too far, or is the killer driven by something darker?
Wednesday 18th January, 8pm, ITV

Humphrey and Martha’s romantic weekend on a remote island is cut short when a fellow hotel guest is stabbed to death in his room in what appears to be an attempted robbery. But since the flower beds outside the window are undisturbed, Humphrey is certain that one of the victim’s associates played a part in his death. There’s just one problem – since the DI had a direct view of the only staircase leading up to the room, he is the alibi for all the suspects. Meanwhile, JP worries about his marriage and seeks relationship advice from Dwayne.
Thursday 19th January, 9pm, BBC1

10 The Young Montalbano
The Sicilian detective is called in to investigate the death of a man on board a Vigata fishing boat. However, as his inquiry proceeds, it becomes clear that what seemed to be an accidental fatality has far-reaching connections to more insidious criminal activity. Meanwhile, Montalbano discovers young policeman Fazio has been protecting a local family from death threats during his spare time, and as the wedding plans continue at pace, Livia and Salvo’s relationship seems to have run into trouble.
Saturday 21st January, 10pm, BBC4


2 thoughts on “The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd January)

  1. Elizabeth Ann Roberts

    Just to clarify please, is the Young Montalbano episode actually a repeat? Somebody commented last week that they were all repeats…


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