Review: Case (S1 E1/10), Tuesday 24th January, Channel 4

I have to start this review by mentioning the real-life case of Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20-year-old Icelandic woman who was found dead on Sunday. Up until that tragic, heartbreaking moment it was a missing person’s case that had gripped the island and beyond. Like me, those following the case – where new pieces of the jigsaw…

Interview: Sofie Gråbøl, Fortitude

We still love Sofie Gråbøl. The groundbreaking Danish actress was outstanding in The Killing – which bashed down the doors when it came to Nordic Noir – and has been a joy to watch in pretty much everything she has appeared in before or since. She popped up in series one of Sky’s enjoyable if entirely…

Agnes Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal is this week’s Book At Bedtime

Orenda Books – a UK-based independent book publisher – is really knocking it out of the park at the moment, and its roster is rammed with a diverse and interesting group of authors who are supplying some really fantastic crime fiction. Orenda also specialises in crime fiction from the Nordic regions, and Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn’s The…

Review: Apple Tree Yard (S1 E1/4), Sunday 22nd January, BBC1

Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard won great acclaim and sold in huge numbers when it was released as a novel in 2013. Now, thanks to Amanda Coe and Doughty herself, it has been adapted for television as a four-part series. The story belongs in the rebranded and recently ascendant ‘domestic noir’ genre – stories that…

Review: Endeavour (S4 E3/4), Sunday 22nd January, ITV

The previous two episodes of this so far excellent fourth series of Endeavour showed two distinct stories: the first a dark serial killer whodunit; the second, also a whodunit but one wrapped up in the winds of social change and the oncoming wave of the so-called permissive society. Now the third, titled Lazaretto, focuses in…

Interview: Emily Watson, Apple Tree Yard

This weekend sees the start of a new, four-part psycho-sexual drama adapted from the best-selling Louise Doughty novel. Apple Tree Yard tells the story of Dr Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson), who has a high-flying career, a beautiful home, and a loving family. But appearances can be deceptive, and when she’s approached by a charismatic stranger (Ben…

Review: Unforgotten (S2 E3/6), Thursday 19th January, ITV

The tensions playing out within the four suspects’ families were tighter than the strings on Andy Murray’s favourite tennis racket in last night’s Unforgotten as investigations into David Walker’s murder continue – and Sunny and Cassie got a day out at the seaside.

Fiona Cummins’ Rattle gets screenwriter for TV adaptation

British author Fiona Cummins’ debut novel, Rattle, is attracting quite a buzz in the lead up to its 26th January publication date. The novel itself had already received rave reviews, but it’s the television adaptation that we’re going to be concentrating on here. We’re always on the look-out for novels that have been optioned as…

Confirmed: Four new Beck films in the pipeline

Even though the last episode we saw – The Last Day – pointed to Martin Beck’s retirement, rumours began to circulate that that episode wouldn’t mean the end of the titular Swedish copper. That last series saw the introduction of a new sidekick for Beck, which many agreed helped to breath new life into the…

Review: Sherlock (S4 E3/3), Sunday 15th January, BBC1

So who is Eurus? We may think we know the answer, but as this week’s episode delved into Sherlock’s murky childhood and even murkier psychology, we suspected that the truth will be even stranger than we had been led to imagine. NB: Spoilers inside