Hinterland director: Welsh drama should be bilingual

We do like a bit of Hinterland on this site, but getting it on-screen is a tricky-old business. In fact, it’s an incredible process – Welsh-language versions are produced for S4C, and then it’s re-filmed for English-language markets, like the BBC and Netflix. It sounds like a big-old faff, but seems to make commercial sense, although…

Finnish drama Bordertown starts on Netflix: will you be watching?

The proliferation of foreign-language crime drama is widespread these days – it seems not a day goes by without a new series starting on either Walter Presents, Channel 4 or the BBC. And, in this case, Netflix. The global, streaming behemoth springs these little surprises on us from time to time, and Bordertown is one…

BBC4 picks up Swedish thriller Black Lake

We’ve heard whistles in the wind that BBC4 – once the beacon of foreign-language crime drama in its 9pm Saturday slot – is looking for things that are slightly different. This chimes with recent articles in British newspaper The Guardian, which proclaimed that Nordic Noir as we know it is dead, and that broadcasters are…

Review: Prime Suspect 1973 (S1 E5/6), Thursday 30th March, ITV

We’ve begun to watch this series through a post-ironic filter. So stilted is the acting, dialogue and so leaden the plot and direction that we are now playing a TV version of ‘are we there yet?’ by spotting scenes that look as if they’ve been lifted from classic 1970s movies – tonight’s episode included glimpses…

Review: Fortitude (S2 E10/10), Thursday 30th March, Sky Atlantic

Despite its trappings of shamanism, Fortitude is in fact a good old Christian allegory – if you want any more proof than the regular references to a ‘second coming’and ‘miracles’ and Munk’s description of Dan’s actions as ‘a blessing’, you just have to look at Dan’s stigmata. Mind you, the nail-holes in his palms have…

Deadwood creator brought in for series three of True Detective

As long-time readers of this site will know, the very first series of True Detective won our inaugural award for best crime drama of the year. In fact, you could argue that it was the show inspired me to sit down and start this site. Series two, as everyone knows, wasn’t anywhere near as good…

Filming begins on series four of Shetland

Filming has started on the fourth series of hugely solid, reliable and enjoyable BBC1 drama Shetland, which sees the return of Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar and Julie Graham alongside new faces for a six-part series filming on location in Shetland, Glasgow and Norway. Yes, you read that correctly: Norway.

Review: Broadchurch (S3 E5/8), Monday 27th March, ITV

We’re over the half-way stage of this third and final series of Broadchurch, and so far it has been an intense, intriguing (and often heart-breaking) ride. Like so many good whodunits, the series has built up the suspects and our investigators – DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller – have been doing the rounds;…

Review: Line Of Duty (S4 E1/6), Sunday 26th March, BBC1

When power meets trajectory, you get a series that can make your head spin; and Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s writing has a tendency to make the viewer feel like a low-ranking tennis player being hit full and hard in the face while trying to return a serve by Sam Groth.Worries had been expressed in some…

Filming begins on series four of Peaky Blinders; Adrien Brody joins cast

Is Peaky Blinders a crime show? That’s the question I wrestle with each and every time I think about putting stuff up here. It’s not your usual procedural, but more a gangster show (with really bad Brummie accents) that deals with the lure, the power and the downfall of crime. Still, it’s one of these country’s…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 27th March – 2nd April)

It’s pretty much as you were this week. I’ve decided I’m not going to be posting up any synopsis for Line Of Duty, if only because each episode is so twisty and turny. I don’t want to give anything away! Elsewhere, Broadchurch, and Midnight Sun continue, while Fortitude and Follow The Money come to a…

Review: Prime Suspect 1973 (S1 E4/6), Thursday 23rd March, ITV

Free’s high-octane Wishing Well from the 1972 album Heartbreaker kicks off this episode – and DS Spencer Gibbs (Blake Harrison) would do well to heed singer Paul Rodgers’ warning: “Throw down your gun, you might shoot yourself, or is that what you’re trying to do?” NB: Spoilers inside