Review: Kiri (S1 E4/4), Wednesday 31st January, Channel 4



Look back at Jack Thorne’s last Channel 4 crime drama, National Treasure, and there very definitely wasn’t a happy ending. There was no neat tying up of events, no bad guys getting their comeuppance and no justice served. It didn’t sit well with everyone who likes to have their whodunits concluded, in their opinion, satisfactorily. The big question was whether he would change tack and end Kiri in a traditional crime drama way. It had been excellent so far, with plenty of incredible, set-piece scenes, so the wait was on to see what would happen… Continue reading


ITV confirms transmission date for John Simm drama, Trauma


We’ve got quite a bit to look forward to on ITV in the coming months, and the fun begins in earnest this weekend when series five of Endeavour starts up. With series two of Marcella waiting in the wings, there’s another big-name series about to start. Trauma stars John Simm and Adrian Lester, among others, and now we know when it starts. Continue reading

BBC Four confirms transmission date for Modus II


It has probably been the worst-kept secret – thanks to trailers after Spiral – but the next BBC Four, 9pm, Saturday crime series will be from Sweden. And, more specifically, Modus II. The series, which stars Melinda Kinnaman and Henrik Norlén, welcomes some high-profile American and British stars to this second series (Kim Cattrall, Greg Wise and Billy Campbell), which gives it an interesting spin. Now we know when it will start in the UK. Continue reading

Walter Presents to broadcast two German ‘Tatort’ series from this Friday


Walter Presents – the Channel 4 brand that deals in foreign-language dramas – has been very busy recently, and now it has added two new ‘Tatort’ series. This iconic German brand, much like CSI, comprises different detectives and stories from all over Germany and has been running since 1970, with a total of over 1,000 episodes to date. Two of the new instalments – two! – start this Friday in the UK. Continue reading

Review : Before We Die (S1 E3/10), Tuesday 30th January, Channel 4



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The shocking conclusion to last week’s episode of Before We Die opened up the series into thriller territory, as the question of how deep the corruption ran in the Organised Crime Unit came to the fore. Now that question was less about who killed who, but who can you trust in this labyrinthine story of internecine criminal gangs and their deadly ambitions.

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Walter Presents acquires Norwegian drama, The River


Channel 4’s foreign-language brand, Walter Presents, has been very busy of late, and now the service, which streams in the UK via All4 (and as Walter Presents in the US and Australia) has announced it has nabbed a new Norwegian series for broadcast in its territories. Continue reading