The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th January)

1236757_caseAnother 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Hello there!
    My wife and I are delighted to have discovered this blog. We’re avid fans of Scandinavian and British crime dramas. Living in France, it’s hard to find new series and we often resort to cross-searching our favourite series and reoccurring actors on Google for the latest news.

    Have you guys ever thought of building a checklist or IMDB list that compile a breakdown of the best shows out there? It would be great for people like us that are often faced with that hollow feeling after having binged and are in dire need of a new series for a fix!


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Hello to you! Thanks for finding the site, I hope you’ll find the site useful and fun to read. Please chip in with your own comments and suggestions. It’s a very good idea you suggest but, unfortunately, due to the nature of the WordPress template I use for the site, having a permanent column or check-down isn’t possible. I’m thinking of re-designing in the coming months so I’ll see what I can do!


  2. Charlotte Carling says:

    Also this week: The Sign of the Missing Four ;)


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Ah you noticed it!! (not sure what happened there… will re-insert the missing four forthwith)


  3. Robina Nicol says:

    Thank you so much for this site, whilst living in Mexico I can get my favourite programmes with a head’s up. Love the Scandinavian shows. Will there be a new season of Spiral from France?


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Hi Robina! Thanks for reading. Yes, a new series of Spiral will hopefully come sometime this year.


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