Review: Broadchurch (S3 E1/8), Monday 27th February, ITV

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prod-broadchurch-specials-series-iiiHere we go then. Back to the Jurassic coast and the small coastal town of Broadchurch, where DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are back on the beat, investigating their last case. Thanks to a phenomenal first series, this British show has become a real heavy-hitter in the crime drama world – its almost Scandinavian-style mixture of a classic whodunit mixed with emotional, personal stories elevated it above many of its contemporaries. If the second series failed to build on the first series’ quality, this third series – after a long break where so much has happened on television since – has its work cut out to still remain relevant. Thankfully, Chris Chibnall, David Tennant and Olivia Colman are back on top form.

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Review: SS-GB (S1 E2/5), Sunday 26th February, BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 21/02/2017 - Programme Name: SS-GB - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Barbara Barga (KATE BOSWORTH), Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer (SAM RILEY) - (C) Sid Gentle Films Ltd - Photographer: Laurie Sparham

(C) Sid Gentle Films Ltd – Photographer: Laurie Sparham

The first episode of SS-GB was an unsettling look at what Britain would look like if the Allies had lost World War II. London was cloaked in Swastikas and echoed with the sound Gestapo boots, its population starting to feel the full force of oppression. In the middle of it all was DS Douglas Archer (Sam Riley), at the start just trying to keep his nose clean and get on with the job. But as the episode wore on Archer was being drawn into an ever more dangerous position, at once scrutinised by newly arrived SS man Huth and courted by the Resistance. It was a noir story with a twist (that of alternate history), and one that continued to intrigue and unsettle in equal measure. Continue reading

Interview: Olivia Colman, Broadchurch

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colmanOlivia Colman is, as we all know, one of the UK’s leading actresses. It almost doesn’t need to be said. But she’s so brilliant in everything she puts her mind to – comedy, drama (I still can’t get her performance in Paddy Considine’s harrowing Tyrannsaurus out of my mind), you name it. There’s just something so natural and likeable about her, and Broadchurch she has fashioned a character who has really struck a chord with viewers. Ellie Miller is someone who has been put in extraordinary situations, but someone who we all, somehow, can relate to. That takes great skill to pull off, and Colman has the skills. We managed to get hold of an interview with Colman, which you can read after the old jumperoo. Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 27th February – Sunday 5th March)

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broadchurch_s3It’s a big week in the world of crime drama, with two huge series starting on ITV – the return of Broadchurch and the start of Prime Suspect 1973, which takes us back to Seventies east London and a young Jane Tennison. There’s also Scandi larks with the second series of Follow The Money on Saturday, German series Nick’s Law on Walter Presents and more from SS-GB. Enjoy! Continue reading

Unsolved to chronicle Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls’ murders

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biggiepac_og_imageSuddenly it seems that there’s subgenre developing that takes real-life crimes and scripts them up into a drama series. We saw the global success of last year’s American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson (indeed, there’s an excellent if lengthy three-part documentary about OJ on BBC iPlayer at the moment), and another story in that anthology series is on the way this year (focusing on the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans). Now US-based network USA Network has announced another scripted drama based on true crime – not just one, but two crimes, and two of the highest profile murders of recent times. Continue reading

Fargo announces April transmission date; Channel 4 onboard for UK

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c5s42kzxaaqjzvbAs long-time readers of the site will know, Fargo is one of my favourite series. With Noah Hawley and a cast that includes Ewan McGregor (in two roles), David Thewlis, Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Wanstead series three is really starting to gear up. It usually transmits around the end of the year, but this time around FX (the show’s US network) sprung a surprise yesterday – series three will air in the spring. This spring. Continue reading