The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 29th May – Sunday 4th June)


Usually, summer is quiet in the land of TV, especially so in crime drama. But not at the moment. Last week we had the return of Twin Peaks, which was extraordinary (and you really don’t want to miss the next two episodes), and this week sees the return of another my favourites, Fargo. Also look out for new Candian series, Cardinal, on BBC4 and Bloodline, which I forgot to mention last week and is still available to watch on Netflix. Enjoy!


Series three. Parole officer Ray Stussy wants to marry his girlfriend and goes to ask his successful businessman brother Emmit for money to buy a ring, but he refuses and sparks a chain of events that plunges the Minnesota town into chaos, with police officer Gloria Burgle finding herself at the heart of it.
Wednesday 31st May, 10pm, Channel 4

Two more episodes.
Tuesday 30th May, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Disgraced detective John Cardinal is brought back into the heart of a Northern Ontario homicide investigation unit when the body of a 13-year-old girl, previously reported missing, is discovered in Algonquin Bay.
Saturday 3rd June, 9pm, BBC4

The final, third series.
Netflix, streaming now

In the wake of Philip’s death, Paula notices some things missing from her home and wonders whether James was somehow involved. Mac’s superior is determined to believe it was suicide, so the detective starts digging into James’s past – while the handyman himself is struggling to cope living with two warring women. When Crystal accuses Morgan of speaking to the police and reacts violently, James hallucinations get increasingly worse and he goes on the run.
Thursday 1st June, 9pm, BBC2

Chloé is forced to accompany Béranger on a visit to his dying mother, whilst back in Vielsart a birthday party gets out of hand.
Wednesday 31st May, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

7 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Garrett and the International Response Team head to Florence, where they investigate two deaths that appear mimic the work of Italy’s most notorious serial killer.
Tuesday 30th May, 9pm, W

Partygoers discover a body on board their boat during a booze cruise, and Rosewood and Villa must enter the world of deep-sea treasure hunting in order to solve the case.
Tuesday 30th May, 9pm, Alibi

9 Endeavour
As the sleuth studies for his forthcoming sergeant’s exam, he investigates a hit-and-run that claimed the life of an eminent Oxford professor. The victim had been at odds with his peers over the fate of a potentially lucrative parcel of college-owned land, and the case is complicated by the appearance of DI Thursday’s old gangland enemy – whom he must face alone while Endeavour makes a trip back to Lincolnshire to visit his ailing father.
Friday 2nd June, 10pm, ITV3

10 DCI Banks
Cabbot investigates when a woman is found murdered on the moors. As the identity of the victim is established, it becomes apparent any number of suspects may have had a reason to want her dead. Meanwhile, Banks is called in when the body of a teenage girl is discovered in a storage room down an alleyway.
Friday 2nd June, 9pm, ITV Encore


7 Comments Add yours

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    So excited about a new season of Fargo – one of my favourites at the moment. I’m still unsure of Paula, although I adore Tom Hughes (perhaps in other roles, though).


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      I didn’t see Paula… I’ve cleared the decks for Twin Peaks and Fargo. Can’t wait for Fargo!

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  2. We’re a little ahead in Canada episode wise with Fargo and it is completely knocking my socks off. It is so hot damn good, the shine is wearing off other programs I strive to catch.. with one exception, your #2 Twin Peaks.


  3. Sara Latham says:

    Fargo and TP in one week….how will I cope? Things have been a bit thin on the ground recently so it’s great to have some top class stuff back 😎

    Oh, just realised I haven’t got TP cos I’ve watched all 4 available episodes…..🤓🙃


  4. alpinegardenersofcvi says:

    Cardinal is a fantastic show – you’ll really enjoy it. I rate it up there with the best nordic noir.


  5. marblex says:

    I would add Janet King to the lineup. Australian series focused on prosecution team, solid stuff. Oh yes, Janet is gay so if you have problems with that, you are forewarned.


  6. Sara Latham says:

    I watched Cardinal and unfortunately I wasn’t keen at all. I’m watching.a French one on Netflix (The Break) which I thought would be a bit naff, but actually I’m enjoying it. It struck me how similar the two are – and to many other crime dramas. So often we have male cop with psychological problems, ill or dead wife, difficult teenage son/daughter, sometimes coming back to home town. It’s become quite a cliche so, for me, they have to offer more to keep me interested. Obviously there’s the plot and maybe other central characters – sidekicks usually are quite important. Then there’s the setting, Trapped was a good example (and Fargo is the master imho) of making the most of dramatic snowscapes. Sadly, for me, it was all lacking in Cardinal and nothing – except maybe the female sidekick- grabbed me at all. As for the French one, well I am partial to French dramas, but the central character is quite interesting, the plot has grabbed me and the French countryside is nicely shot. At the end of the day, I guess personal taste plays quite a big part.


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