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)…