Review: Line Of Duty (S2 E2/6), Sunday 2nd April, BBC1

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(C) World Productions – Photographer: Aidan Monaghan

Last week’s episode did rather stray into Inside No 9 territory towards the end, what with forensic officer Tim Ifield’s bargain-basement B&Q-style Chainsaw Massacre tribute on his kitchen floor. Although, had Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) been torn asunder, it would have been as good a death scene as Messrs. Shearsmith and Pemberton could have dreamt up for their star players. The scene did pehaps err on the side of silly – indeed, had the late, great Graham Chapman’s Colonel from Monty Python popped up to say it was all getting too silly, we wouldn’t have been surprised in the slightest.

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Review: Bordertown: Nukkekoti Osa (E1-3/11), Saturday 1st April, Netflix

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Nordic Noir is dead we keep hearing. Broadcasters are now straying away from the tried and tested cop procedurals based in Scandinavia, we’re being told. Well, Bordertown is unashamedly Nordic Noir and it’s all the better for it. What do I mean by Nordic Noir? It’s based in Finland, and in a specific area with lots of history and conflict (Karelia), features an unconventional cop who, ahem, borders on the obsessed, and crimes that are both gruesome and contextualised with that ol’ socio-political ‘second story’. So far, so ‘by the numbers’ but I found the first three episodes of Bordertown (which was one story, called Nukkekoti Osa) to be really enjoyable and engaging, with characters that you believe in. Not revolutionary or groundbreaking, but good, watchable and gripping.

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The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th April)

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It’s pretty much as you were this week – Line Of Duty, Broadchurch and Midnight Sun all bubble away – but Hinterland starts back up on BBC One Wales (it’ll go to BBC Four after that). We’ve already covered this series when it appeared on S4C last year (go here to read spoiler-heavy reviews). Elsewhere, The Team, Vera and Prime Suspect 1973 close out their series. What’s that I hear? Cheering at the back?  Continue reading