Another big week in the world of crime drama, which sees two new series – and oh-so-many continuing series – both with a decidedly Nordic tinge. First up (on Channel 4, although after episode one the series is available to watch on All4 in its entirety) is Icelandic crime drama Case, and then, on Thursday, series two of the enjoyable/daft crime drama/horror yarn, Fortitude. Also new and noteworthy is the series finale of Endeavour, with Sheila Hancock making a guest appearance.
1 Unforgotten *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Marion jeopardises her marriage by refusing to open up about the past to her husband, Colin is blackmailed even further and the secrets of Sara’s past push her family to breaking point. A disturbing allegation about David opens up a second line of inquiry, and when Tessa is called in for questioning again it threatens to ruin her relationships with her husband and son.
Thursday 26th January, 9pm, ITV
2 Case *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
When the body of Lara, a promising young ballerina, is found hanged on the main stage of the National Theatre in Reykjavik, detective Gabriela and her partner Hogni are assigned to the case.
Tuesday 24th January, 10pm, Channel 4
3 Fortitude *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The remote Arctic town struggles with government cuts and a missing sheriff, and a chilling discovery proves that the horror isn’t over for the locals.
Thursday 26th January, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
4 Apple Tree Yard *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Yvonne shuts down in the aftermath of the attack, unable to report the crime to the police or open up to her husband. Things only get worse when her attacker begins stalking her, progressing from e-mails to following her. Terrified, she turns to Costley for support. He arranges a meeting at a safe house and she becomes tempted to enlist his help in getting revenge. Gary makes a startling admission on the morning that Yvonne prepares to accompany Costley as he seeks out her attacker – which leads her into an even worse situation.
Sunday 29th January, 9pm, BBC1
5 Endeavour *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *SERIES FINALE*
The discovery of a 2,000-year-old body provides fresh evidence in a five-year-old unsolved missing person’s case, so Morse and Thursday take up the investigation, discovering a possible link to a local pagan ritual to celebrate the harvest. The investigation leads them to a nuclear power station, where they face a conspiracy of silence concerning an experimental new reactor and a potential disaster that could devastate Oxford.
Sunday 29th January, 8pm, ITV
6 The Bird Tribunal *NEW UK PREMIERE RADIO SERIES*
Agnes Ravatn’s lauded Norway-set novel gets the Book At Bedtime treatment. It tells the story of two people, each with a secret, seek atonement for past sins. TV presenter Allis Hagtorn seeks solace in a remote house on an isolated fjord when she takes up a new job as a housekeeper and gardener. Her 44-year-old employer is not what she is expecting. Sigurd Bagge is an enigmatic presence, and Allis, like a moth to a flame, finds she is simultaneously drawn to him and alert to his disquieting moods. Lydia Wilson is the reader.
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January, 10.45pm, BBC Radio 4
7 Silent Witness *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
Father and son Bill and Frankie McAteer are killed in an apparent car accident on their way home from work at Billingsgate Market, but Nikki and Jack arrive to discover the younger man’s body is riddled with bullets. Back at the Lyell centre, Clarissa summons her husband Max, a digital forensics expert, to help crack the case – and he uncovers disturbing video evidence showing a sexual encounter between Frankie, his girlfriend Becky and best friend Liam.
Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th January, 9pm, BBC1
8 No Offence *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Tensions run high between Joy, Dinah and Deering, and elsewhere, an urgent search ensues when a father reports that his teenage daughter has gone missing, but the case grows even more complicated when the cops discover that the girl has been groomed online.
Wednesday 25th January, 10pm, Channel 4
9 Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The detective and Ogden are troubled when they learn that a man they helped send to prison has had his murder conviction overturned and the case is being reopened.
Monday 23rd January, 9pm, Alibi
10 Death In Paradise *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The president of the local cricket club is found shot dead in the middle of the pitch after a recent victory. Suspicion falls on his family and fellow players, but all of them have an alibi. JP thinks Dwayne is keeping something from him and wonders how well he knows his friend, and Humphrey dreads Martha’s imminent departure from the island.
Thursday 26th January, 9pm, BBC1