The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 8th – Sunday 14th January)

Honestly, where do you start with this week? THERE IS SO MUCH ON. Not only are series like Spiral, Craith and Hard Sun continuing, we have news offerings aplenty: Kiri (starring Sarah Lancashire and on Channel 4), the 583rd series of Silent Witness on BBC One, a new series of the ever-reliable Murdoch Mysteries on Alibi, new six-part thriller Next Of Kin on ITV, and something I didn’t have room to mention in the top 10, the second series of Lethal Weapon (Friday 12th January, 9pm, ITV). A special mention to The Tunnel, which finishes in emotional and devastating fashion, too. Enjoy!

S6 E5&6/12
No synopsis available.
Saturday 13th January, 9pm, BBC Four

S1 E2/8
Lowri Driscoll, a local nurse, catches the eye of Dylan Harris. Cadi and Vaughan learn more about the tough life that Mali led when they go and visit her school friend, Sara Dean. Unwelcome visitors descend on Dylan and Iona Harris’ house when they call to inquire if any of the residents noticed anything unusual the night before the discovery of Mali’s body.
Sunday 14th January, 9pm, S4C

S3 E5&6/6
Karl makes a worrying discovery at Elise’s apartment, and the pattern of missing people continues.
Thursday 11th January, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

S1 E2/6
Renko recruits the help of an ambitious young journalist in exposing the truth about the Hard Sun conspiracy, which leads to her becoming a target for security services. Meanwhile, the government do everything in their power to ridicule the story as a hoax. Renko also works with Hicks to track down a murderer who has developed a dangerous obsession with the Hard Sun conspiracy.
Saturday 13th January, 9pm, BBC One

S1 E1/4

Social worker Miriam is caught up in a police investigation when a young girl called Kiri goes missing on one of her supervised visits. As the search for her intensifies, Miriam is publicly blamed by the police, the press, and even her colleagues for putting the girl at risk.
Wednesday 10th January, 9pm, Channel 4

Nikki struggles to come to terms with life back home and seeks out fellow pathologist Sally Vaughan for support, only to learn she is nowhere to be found. National Crime Agency investigator Guy Bernhardt asks Nikki to help him by employing pathologist David Cannon, the chief suspect in Sally’s disappearance. As Jack, Clarissa and Thomas share concerns about Nikki’s wellbeing, a body found in a reservoir is linked to a murder case from 16 years previously.
Monday 8th/Tuesday 9th January, 9pm, BBC One

On the same day that a terrorist attack brings London to a standstill, GP Mona Harcourt receives the devastating news that her brother Kareem has been kidnapped on his way home to the UK from his charity clinic in Lahore. Her family’s horror is aggravated by the attentions of the police counterterrorism unit and their interest in Kareem’s teenage son Danny, who has not been seen at university for six weeks.
Monday 8th January, 9pm, ITV

S8 E2/4
The detective investigates when a seemingly beloved resident of a coastal community is fatally driven off the road, and digs up the victim’s past in the hope of unmasking the killer. 
Sunday 14th January, 8pm, ITV

9 Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The detective is in jail and must prove his innocence amid police and government corruption.
Monday 8th January, 9pm, Alibi

10 Death In Paradise *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S7 E2/8
DI Mooney and the team enter the high-stakes world of poker when Bobby Rodrigues, the favourite to win the Caribbean Masters tournament, is poisoned mid-game. As all fellow players are confined to their seats for the entire match, and no other individual is allowed access to the stage during that time, suspicion soon falls upon each player. A novice to poker, Jack enlists Dwayne’s assistance in getting the players to show their hand, while Florence, who is forced to keep away from work after an injury, finds her own way to help the case. 
Thursday 11th January, 9pm, BBC One

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Colin Cutter says:

    Number 4 – “Hard Sun” – BBC1 surely?


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Amended. Thanks, Colin.


  2. Colin Cutter says:

    “Kiri” – please, no, not yet another “missing child” sory. Give it a rest.


  3. Sara Latham says:

    I’m watching ‘The Frozen Dead’ on Netflix. French police drama set in the Pyrenees. I like it so far 😊 The scenery is beautiful and very atmospheric, the main character (worn out middle aged cop) is good. I think the storyline may get a bit cliched, but it’s definitely worth a try. And it’s French! 😎


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Yeah, I saw that – don;t have enough time to do that, unfortunately!


      1. Sara Latham says:

        Yes it was worth a watch. Also watched La Mante on Netflix but it was a bit OTT and cliched to be honest….


  4. Sara Latham says:

    Re: Death in Paradise.

    I only started watching this a year or so ago and I’ve now seen them all. I really liked Ben Miller and I warmed to Kris Marshall, but I can’t say I am keen on Ardal O’Hanlon at all so far. In a series that is, of course, not very credible (!) it seems odd to say he seems like a ‘silly’ character but there’s something about him that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe it’s just the acting, after all I think the previous two DCIs were quite cleverly played despite the stereotyping. Anyone else feel the same?


  5. Patty C. says:

    Sara, I’ve always liked Ardal O’Hanlon, so I think he’s doing well, from what I’ve seen so far- equal parts serious and slightly idiosyncratic. Kris Marshall is good at doing the same, but in a different way. Marshall was so good in My Family that it was nice to see his serious side blended with a character that was a little off beat. I never saw Ben Miller and probably won’t get the chance now. Maybe I can stream it somehow. O’Hanlon does have a reputation for zany characters so it’s nice to see him in something different. I know some people don’t like Death In Paradise, but I like it- it reminds me a bit of the Agatha Christie type sleuthing. I love the theme music – it always makes me smile, and the locations are very lovely to look at.


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