Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E3&4/18), Tuesday 30th May, Sky Atlantic

After last week’s incredible, dark, unpredictable start to the much-anticipated third series of Twin Peaks, there was no telling where things might go in episode three. Those first two episodes featured everything from two Dale Coopers – one in the conscious world reeking havoc and killing people, the other (the one we know and loved from…

John Simm and Adrian Lester to star in ITV thriller, Trauma

It could be a busy year for John Simm. One of my favourite actors, he’s set to reappear as The Master in Doctor Who sometime soon, and now news reaches us that he’s signed on to co-star with Adrian Lester – another outstanding actor – in a new three-part ITV thriller, written by Doctor Foster’s…

Review: Paula (S1 E1/3), Thursday 25th May, BBC2

Fending off the attentions of randy colleague Philip (Edward Macliam), sozzled, thirtysomething chemistry teacher Paula Denny (Denise Gough) embarks on a one-night stand with James (Tom Hughes), a younger man who is trying unsuccessfully to keep two women and two children on a builder’s wages. And so we were off on this new, three-part thriller.

BBC4 confirms transmission date for Cardinal

Looks like we’re on a bit of a roll here for BBC4, Saturday-night crime drama again after a patchy start to the year. We’ve the three Department Q films, and we’re nearing the end of Hinterland. So what’s next? Something tasty from Canada…

Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E1&2/18), Tuesday 23rd May, Sky Atlantic

It has been a long time since 1990 – 27 years, maths fans – and since those heady days, when Twin Peaks took over the world for a short while, we’ve had all kinds of dramas on television that have elevated the medium to new heights. Just think, we’ve had The Wire, The Sopranos, Sex…

Review: Three Girls (S1 E3/3), Thursday 18th May, BBC1

I had to drive down to Bristol to CrimeFest on Thursday night, so I missed the final episode of Three Girls in real time. So, yes, this review is a bit late, but I felt I needed to post something about it because it affected me so much on an emotional level. I try and…

Review: Three Girls (S1 E2/3), Tuesday 17th May, BBC1

Last night, the first episode of the three-part Three Girls kicked us all in the solar plexus and made us hover on the verge of tears. It told the story of Holly and her young teenage friends who were lured into a hideous paedophile prostitution ring, populated by men in Rochdale. At the end of…

Channel 4 confirms transmission date for series three of Fargo

About bloody time, many of you will be saying. The third series of Fargo – one of my favourite crime dramas – is already half-way through its run in the US, but we have been starved of it here in the UK. Yes, it’s great news that Channel 4 will once again be broadcasting it…

Review: Three Girls (S1 E1/3), Tuesday 16th May, BBC1

The BBC continuity person doled out lots of warnings – sexual violence, physical violence and all the rest – before this three-part drama (stripped over three nights) started. There was no doubt – if there ever was any doubt – that this was going to be a harrowing, difficult watch. It was the story –…