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

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webanxappletreeyards1It’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!

1 Unforgotten *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Cassie turns her attention to Brentford house and the theory that one or more of the suspects may have been abused at the gatherings there. Marion is questioned again after Sinead’s allegation that David could have been an IRA target. The detectives also look further into the accusations made against Colin while he was working in the city – but something does not quite seem to add up. Was his alleged victim telling the truth – and if not, why would she lie?
Thursday 2nd February, 9pm, ITV

2 Apple Tree Yard *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Costley refuses to tell Yvonne what happened to Selway, and insists she does not contact the police. Big trouble lies ahead. 
Sunday 5th February, 9pm, BBC1

3 Fortitude *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Governor Odegard is presented with devastating news as Sheriff Dan struggles for his life, and a new threat makes its presence known.
Thursday 2nd February, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

4 Silent Witness *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
Nikki travels to Mexico to attend the funeral of Luisa, a former intern at the Lyell Centre who was murdered in a carjacking in her native country. She soon stumbles across the post-mortem report and realises that the body is not that of her ex-colleagues. Assisted by Dr Eva Vasquez and fired up with the idea that Luisa might still be alive, Nikki and Jack trace her last-known movements and are led to a farm where a cartel massacre was carried out.
Monday 30th January/Tuesday 31s January, 9pm, BBC1

5 No Offence *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The race to nail the Attah gang sows seeds of mistrust and secrecy between officers Deering, Dinah and Joy, and later, controversy surrounds Deering when she recklessly forces mouthy Donna Calvert to infiltrate the Attah gang. Elsewhere, Dinah has to investigate when a seemingly peaceful staff protest at an abortion clinic takes an unexpected turn for the worse, and quickly starts to spiral out of control.
Wednesday 1st February, 9pm, Channel 4

6 Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Ogden and Murdoch investigate the poisoning of a philandering businessman, while Rebecca James has suspicions about a fellow medical student’s suicide.
Monday 30th January, 9pm, Alibi

7 Inspector Chen: Red Mandarin Dress *NEW UK PREMIERE RADIO DRAMA*
The fifth in Qiu Xiaolong’s series of crime novels following the career of academic turned Special Case Squad detective, Inspector Chen. A serial killer is loose on the streets of Shanghai but Chen is otherwise engaged on a high-level corruption case. With bodies appearing at the rate of one a week, Homicide are in desperate need of help. Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.
Saturday 4th February, 2.30pm, BBC Radio 4

8 Death In Paradise *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A man is found murdered on his boat five miles out at sea, with no possible way a killer could have escaped. At first Humphrey turns his attention to the small group he was with the night before he died – but as the investigation deepens, the investigation takes an unexpected turn that requires the team to leave the comfort of their Caribbean island – and go searching for their suspects in London. K
Thursday 2nd February, 9pm, BBC1

9 Prey
Series one. When Detective Sergeant Marcus Farrow is wrongly accused of the murders of his wife and son, he seizes the first opportunity to escape. On the run in Manchester, he’s thrown into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse across the city, and as a wanted killer, he has few allies. Determined to be reunited with his eldest child and clear his name, the fugitive finds himself doing things he never thought possible as he tries to evade capture.
Wednesday 1st February, 9pm, ITV Encore

10 Grantchester
Series one of the detective drama set in a 1950s Cambridgeshire village, where local vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) develops a sideline in sleuthing – with the initially reluctant help of grumpy DI Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The cleric’s first case finds him presiding over the funeral of a solicitor, who is believed to have taken his own life. However, the dead man’s mistress has a different theory – and feeling unable to go to the police, she asks Sidney to examine it for her. He uncovers evidence that the suicide was staged, but while he’s busy delving into the personal life of the victim, will the vicar miss his own big chance with Amanda Kendall (Morven Christie), the woman he secretly loves?
Tuesday 31st February, 9pm, ITV Encore

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

    • Paul Hirons

      Hi Sara. I sort of stalled on that, and am now wrapped up in Case (would be VERY interested to see what you think of that!), but do want to finish it. Maybe this week!

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  1. Yep, there is SO much good stuff on at the moment, it’s hard to keep up! I’ve only watched the first episode of Case so far. For some reason I thought I might not like it, the ballet dancer thing put me off somehow. But I really liked the female detective and the older bloke (lawyer) – interesting characters so I think it’s looking very promising 😊

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    • Charlotte Carling

      Hi Sara,

      I made it to the end of Acquitted. I wasn’t overly impressed but I guess it was ok. Then I saw the trailer for the second series and it just seemed like it would be the same thing all over, didn’t actually feel resolved. I don’t think I’ll watch more of it…

      I think Valkyrien will be aired in Britain sometime this year. Definitely better quality Norwegian drama/thriller.

      Case is absolutely worth watching in my view and I’m about half way through. I mean it’s really dark, though. There are some very nasty and gritty aspects to that series.

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      • Hi Charlotte I found myself intrigued by Acquitted even though I didn’t like many of the characters and the acting was a bit dodgy. Somehow it managed to be compelling to the end, plot wise. (Don’t want to give anything away!) Yes, will be trying to watch more of Case this week :)

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      • Charlotte Carling

        Having given up on the series when it was on Swedish telly, this time round I wanted to know how it ended. And yes, there was something there that made it intriguing enough to keep watching. But in the end there were too many lies, assumptions and suspicions thrown in just about every direction, before arriving at the final answer. It all left me with a feeling that it was too contrived. The scenes with Aksel, Erik and their mother (all three or any two) were the highlights.

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