Review: Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling (S1 E3/3), Sunday 3rd September, BBC One


NB: Spoilers all over the shop

Crime authors talk a great deal about the way they plot their novels, and the way they deliberately sneak clues into their narrative. (And the joy at doing so.) Of course, these clues are hidden well within pages and pages of characterisation and other layers so they don’t seem obvious at the time. On telly, things are a bit different – because things generally move quicker and we, as viewers, have visual as well as aural stimulus, clues that are hidden can often, if not handled correctly, feel obvious and clunky. That’s what I felt while watching the final part of the first, three-part Strike story, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Clues weren’t so much clues but huge, whacking-great flashing red lights. Not so much subtle hints but big clobbers over the head with a clue hammer. Continue reading


The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 4th – Sunday 10th September)


Couple of things this week: it’s the end of Twin Peaks (which may be a relief to some people, but not to me), the start of a new, two-part Strike adventure, and a new series of Safe House – the series that has been completely rebooted after series one. There’s also another chance to watch American series Big Little Lies, and it’s well worth a watch. Enjoy! Continue reading