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

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE 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…

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,…

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…

Sky Atlantic to broadcast John Paul Getty drama, Trust

We’re still waiting on a few things from Sky Atlantic (namely HBO’s Mosaic and, later in the year, the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects), but the channel has announced the pick-up of a brand-new US series jam-packed with stars both in front and behind the camera.

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

NB Spoilers Inside 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…

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.

Review: Craith (S1 E4/8), Sunday 28th January, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE The beauty of having an eight-part series as opposed to a four or six-parter is that you can take an extra bit of time to play with the narrative and episodic structure, spending more time on characters and threads. Not too much time, but just enough. Last week Craith did this to good…

REVIEW : HARD SUN (S1 E4/6), SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY, BBC ONE

The hunt for the Hard Sun Messenger (all the good villain names were already taken apparently) grips London in a state of panic, whilst Hicks and Renko continue to try and find increasingly unpleasant ways to take each other down. Warning – this episode contained long scenes of pseudo-religious themed conversations that may cause temporary narcolepsy amongst viewers.