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

Here 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…

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

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…

Interview: Olivia Colman, Broadchurch

Olivia 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…

Unsolved to chronicle Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls’ murders

Suddenly 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…

Fargo announces April transmission date; Channel 4 onboard for UK

  As 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…

Review: Fortitude (S2 E5/10), Thursday 23rd February, Sky Atlantic

There’s a common sci-fi trope whereby the protagonists are somehow trapped in a limited area with something trying to get them – think Alien, or Village of the Damned, or Under the Dome. Fortitude is a perfect example of the genre – or is it? NB: Spoilers

Interview: David Tennant, Broadchurch

As well know, one of the heavy hitters of British crime drama is back on our screens next week. Broadchurch, especially that gut-wrenching, incredible first series, has become a real phenomenon – Chris Chibnall’s scripts have been amazing, and it has really benefitted from having a brilliant cast, not least that central pairing of David…

BBC confirms Follow The Money 2 transmission date

BBC4 has been a bit quiet on the crime front so far this year, with only repeats of The Young Montalbano occupying the Saturday-night slot so far. But from early March the channel goes back to doing what it does best on Saturday nights – Scandinavian crime drama. The first Scandi noir output for 2017…

Anna Paquin crime drama, Bellevue, starts in Canada

Crime drama is everywhere at the moment, and broadcasters from all over the world have cottoned onto the fact that if you do one well it has global sellability. The BBC announced that BBC4 would be showing a Canadian crime drama on BBC4 later in the year – Cardinal – for the very first time in…