I’ve not been able to dedicate as much time to the site as much as I would have liked in the past few weeks due to real-life work, and I kind of thought that this week might be nice and quiet. But no. There’s another harrowing drama based on real-life events (Three Girls, starring the fabulous Maxine Peake), and the start of the final two episodes of Inspector George Gently (which I enjoy, although I know others find deathly dull). There’s also the finale of Little Boy Blue, and, wait for it, Kat & Alfie: Redwater (Thursday 18th May, 8pm, BBC1), which didn’t make the final cut. Yes, you read that correctly – Eastenders characters Kat and Alfie Moon in their own spin-off drama series. Which turns out to be a crime drama. Make of that what you will.
1 Three Girls *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale. New to the area, Holly is keen to make friends, but finds herself drawn into a frightening world all too familiar to sexual health worker Sara. As her relationship with her family fractures, Holly unearths the courage to speak out – but will her nightmare finally end?
Tuesday 16th/Wednesday 17th/Thursday 18th May, 9pm, BBC1
2 Inspector George Gently *NEW UK PREMIERE TWO-PARTER*
On the brink of retirement, Gently re-opens the case of a woman convicted of killing her husband, hoping to uncover a long-buried miscarriage of justice. However, the investigation places Gently’s career on the line and stirs up tension with Bacchus, who worked on the original investigation.
Sunday 21st May, 8.30pm, BBC1
3 Little Boy Blue *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *SERIES FINALE*
Mercer and his associates are tried for their roles in the killing of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, but the verdict fails to bring closure for the boy’s parents Melanie and Steve as the fractures in their relationship come to a head. Meanwhile an unexpected setback leaves Det Supt Dave Kelly with a tough decision to make.
Monday 15th May, 9pm, ITV
4 Hinterland *NEW THIRD SERIES (ALREADY SEEN ON S4C AND BBC WALES)*
Check your local listings for correct episode billings.
Wednesday 17th May, 9pm, BBC Wales; Saturday 20th May, 9pm, BBC Four
5 Public Enemy *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Analysing the crime scene, Michael and Chloe find signs of tampering, while the autopsy shows some disturbing evidence on the body.
Wednesday 17th May, 10pm, Sky Atlantic
6 Grantchester *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Sidney tries to put his life in Grantchester behind him by going in search of the man who stole Mrs Maguire’s life savings, and ends up finding a new home in a travellers’ community. However, he falls under suspicions when a murder rocks the camp. Geordie tracks his friend down and together they set out to solve the mystery – and hopefully give Sidney a sense of purpose in his life.
Sunday 21st May, 9pm, ITV
7 Elementary *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A murder investigation brings Holmes and Watson to the attention of one of the city’s deadliest gangs. A mystery woman causes the sleuth’s behaviour to become increasingly erratic.
Tuesday 16th May, 9pm, Sky Living
8 Life On Mars
Sam suspects a riot is in the offing when a football fan is killed. Knowing the problem will escalate as time goes by, the detective becomes determined to nip the violence in the bud, so he, Gene and Annie go undercover in a pub to catch the culprits. However, he realises the derby match that will be the focus of the conflict is the last one he went to with his dad when he was four years old.
Friday 19th May, 9pm, Drama
9 Lethal Weapon *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Murtaugh experiences some frightening chest pains after he and Riggs become embroiled in a notorious car theft ring. His doctor has told him he needs to keep his stress levels under control and if the physical discomfort coupled with Riggs’ driving aren’t enough of a trigger, the fact that the lead defence attorney on the case is none other than the intimidating Trish Murtaugh threatens to push him over the edge.
Friday 19th May, 9pm, ITV
10 Rosewood *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The Miami pathologist investigates when a murder victim is identified as someone who supposedly died three years previously.
Tuesday 16th May, 9pm, Alibi