The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 31st July – Sunday 6th August)

A few noteworthy things this week: it’s the series finale of the brilliant Fargo (well worth a watch) and In The Dark, while there’s an intriguing-sounding Israeli series, False Flag, starting up on FOX UK. Elsewhere, Top Of The Lake: China Girl, Dicte and I Know Who You Are continue. Enjoy! Advertisements

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E5&6/10), Saturday 29th July, BBC4

This fantastic, helter-skelter series continued with two more episodes tonight, once again taking us down new avenues of enquiry, presenting new suspects and uncovering yet more layers of familial intrigue and hidden character layers. In fact, that seems to be the main theme of this series – identity, and how it shifts and changes after…

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Aida Folch, I Know Who You Are

BBC4’s Spanish thriller I Know Who You Are is a sensational helter-skelter thrill ride of a series and, as we’re approaching episodes five and six, we’re still none the wiser as to whether lawyer Juan Elías is suffering from amnesia or not or whether he has murdered his niece, Ana Saura. The series – Sé…

Review: Top Of The Lake: China Girl (S2 E1/6), Thursday 27th July, BBC2

We’ve had some heavyweight crime offerings this year – Broadchurch, Twin Peaks, Fargo et al – but perhaps the most eagerly awaited returning crime drama in this house is Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake, now subtitled China Girl for its second series. Series one was just utterly wonderful – a dream-like procedural the likes…

Review: Fargo (S3 E9/10), Wednesday 26th July, Channel 4

Up until now, we’ve had more or less a bit of everything in this series – the sublime (a lot of that), some unevenness and a bit of the ridiculous. With the end fast approaching there’s a lot to be tied up, but this penultimate episode felt melancholy and reflective in mood and tone; the…

Review: In The Dark (S1 E3/4), Tuesday 25th July, BBC1

You get the sense that the BBC is testing the water a bit with In The Dark, the four-part series that adapts two of Mark Billingham’s crime novels. MyAnna Buring was excellent as DI Helen Weeks in the first two-part story, and I do wonder if Weeks could form the basis for a new longish-running…

Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E11/18), Tuesday 25th July, Sky Atlantic

In part 11, we were back in Twin Peaks for perhaps longer than we have been in a while. In fact, we seem to be spending more time in the town as each episode goes by, which suggests that all scattered characters and identities will eventually make their way back somehow and there will be…

Review: Ripper Street (S5 E6/6), Monday 24th July, BBC2

So Ripper Street comes to a final conclusion, after five series of mystery, suspense, gore, thrills, brilliant performances, sparkling dialogue and riveting detail. Can all the loose ends be tied up, accounts settled and character arcs be resolved?  

Interview: Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake: China Girl

Saying Elisabeth Moss is doing good work at the moment is like saying chocolate is only quite nice. Since mad Men, Moss has starred in series one of Top The Lake – Jane Campion’s dream-like New Zealand-set crime drama – and, more recently, the astonishing and harrowing The Handmaid’s Tale. Now she’s back for series…

Netflix releases new trailer for Stranger Things 2

One of the more anticipated dramas of the year is series two of Stranger Things. The horror/crime mash-up was a word-of-mouth megahit last year and the PR wheels have been turning for a month or so now. This weekend saw Comic-Con in San Diego produce all kinds of bits and pieces, but one of the…

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E3&4/10), Saturday 22nd July, BBC4

Apologies for the delay in posting this, but it has been a busy weekend up at Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. While much carousing was had during the weekend I did manage to watch episodes three and four of I Know Who You Are earlier in the week, but didn’t get…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 24th – Sunday 30th July)

Two things of note this week: the start (eagerly awaited in this house) of Jane Campion’s fantastic Top Of The Lake: China Girl. I’ve seen the first two episodes and believe me… wow. Also starting this week is Against The Law, a one-off starring Daniel Mays and part of the BBC’s Queer season. Elsewhere, we…