Review: Top Of The Lake: China Girl (S2 E6/6), Thursday 31st August, BBC Two

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And so it came to this. After five weeks (or five hours if you’ve been watching it on the BBC’s iPlayer streaming service) of strangeness, Top Of The Lake: China Girl came to a close. Like any good finale, we were asking ourselves whether there would be a satisfactory conclusion to a series that started – lest we forgot – with the body of a young, Thai prostitute called Cinnamon, bundled into a suitcase and cruelly cast out to sea. Would Cinnamon get some form of justice?

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Dear David Lynch: Please make a Gordon and Albert Blue Rose spin-off series

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Despite it being frustrating and hard going at times, I’m greatly enjoying the third series of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s cross-dimensional crime drama, which finishes with a two-part finale on Monday 4th September. Throughout the 16 parts so far, we’ve caught up with old favourites, found out how they’ve been created, met new characters and have been plunged into new mysteries. One of the absolute delights, though, has been spending more time with FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole (Lynch) and FBI Special Agent, Albert Rosenfeld (the late, great Miguel Ferrer). They’ve crucial roles as the the splintered personality of Agent Dale Cooper has slowly resolved itself, and the more I’ve thought about it the more a spin-off series featuring these two would make sense. So David Lynch, if you’re reading… Continue reading

UKTV announces Toronto-based Golden Age crime drama

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UKTV – home of channels like Alibi and Drama – is a pretty good network if you’re struggling for a crime drama fix, and today it announced a brand-new, 11-part series that takes us back to the so-called Golden Age of crime fiction – the 1920s. Not only that, but Frankie Drake Mysteries introduces us to Toronto’s first ever all-female detective agency. Continue reading

BBC confirms Strike – The Silkworm transmission date

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It’s a busy-old day here at The Killing Times with three new shows having their transmission dates confirmed today. We’re two episodes into the first BBC adaptation of JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels, and now the BBC has announced when the next story will be. Continue reading

BBC confirms Rellik transmission date

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It’s going to be a big week of crime drama action in the a few weeks’ time, with a couple of primetime series kicking off. One of them is Rellik, an intriguing new six-parter from the minds of Harry and Jack Williams, the sibling showrunners of The Missing. Indeed, that very same week, the Williams brothers have another new series starting on exactly the same time over on ITV. You won’t be able to move for them in this week. Continue reading

Happy Valley update: series three likely for 2018

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While it’s a bit of a news day and I’m waiting for carious things to come through on email, I thought I’d take a look and see where some our favourite crime dramas were in terms of making a return. One show that’s been quiet recently is Happy Valley, Sally Wainwright’s superior neo-Western, set in Yorkshire. It’s been fairly quiet on the Catherine Cawood front, but there has been a slight development…

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