The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th January)

It’s as you were this week, which is just as well because it’s packed to the rafters. New episodes of Spiral, Craith, Kiri, Before We Die, Rebecka Martinsson… the list goes on. Vera comes to a close, and there’s a new Golden Age series, Frankie Drake Mysteries on Alibi. Enjoy!

1 Spiral *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
S6 E9&10/12
Violence flares up in the wake of an incident in which a police officer shot an unarmed man, and a sense of injustice causes Josephine vent her frustration in the Bodin case. Meanwhile, Tintin feels like he is being intentionally kept in the dark. 
Saturday 27th January, 9pm, BBC Four

2 Craith *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1
E4/8
No synopsis available without spoilers.
Sunday 28th January, 9pm, S4C

3 Kiri *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E3/4
Alice and Jim are shocked to hear from DI Mercer that the police case against Nate might not be straightforward after all, and everything may not be as it seemed. Meanwhile, social worker Miriam is once again in the firing line when a reeling Alice goes on the offensive, and Tobi is furious with the police for the way they have treated his family, as DI Mercer has more bad news for him. 
Wednesday 24th January, 9pm, Channel 4

4 Before We Die *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 E2/10
Hanna and Bjorn are on the kidnappers’ case, but their attempts to rescue Sven are foiled. Meanwhile, Christian becomes more involved in the Mimica crime family’s business, but a new assignment nearly shatters him.
Tuesday 23rd January, 11pm, Channel 4/All 4

5 Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 E2/7
A young woman is found dead at an ice-fishing camp on a frozen lake. The search for her identity and why she was murdered leads the police into a tangled web of local mining companies with foreign financiers. Rebecka is offered a role as a prosecutor in Kiruna, but her unconventional working methods soon meet strong opposition from her new colleagues.
Friday 26th January, 9pm, More4/All 4

6 Silent Witness *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
S21 E5&6/10
American diplomat Ryan Reed is shot dead and the team arrives at the scene to find his body posed – sitting upright on a bench with his hand tucked inside his jacket. An argument quickly ensues between the police and the US embassy, which claims the murder falls under its jurisdiction, while the Lyell crew fights against the bureaucracy of the FBI, aided only by the US deputy chief of mission Matt Garcia. However, when he goes missing, Nikki is concerned he might be the next target.
Monday 22nd/Tuesday 23rd January, 9pm, BBC One

7 Next Of Kin *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E3/6
Mona returns to the UK from Karachi and, despite her injuries, is determined to investigate her nephew Danny’s suspected links to radical Islamic terrorists. But on the day of her brother Kareem’s funeral, the GP’s efforts to get Danny to safety have unexpectedly dire consequences for the family. Thriller about a doctor who is drawn into a tangle of betrayal, conspiracy and murder after her brother’s kidnapping brings buried family secrets to light.
Monday 22nd January, 9pm, ITV

8 Vera *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
S8 E4/4
The dead body of a teenage boy is found in a reservoir near a remote rural timber community. Vera and her team investigate and discover that the boy had already been missing for three days prior to his death. However, the case is complicated by an apparent conspiracy of silence, as many of the townsfolk refuse to cooperate with the police investigation. A complex web of relationships between the victim’s friends and family slowly emerges, with many dark secrets that could have driven someone to kill.
Sunday 28th January, 8.10pm, ITV

9 Hard Sun *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E4/6
Hicks uncovers the extent of Renko’s investigation into the Alex Butler murder, and journalist Will Benedetti’s connection to Hard Sun makes him the spree killer’s next target. When Blackwood publicly announces that only Fr Dennis can stop him killing again, the priest is immediately cast as a figure of public hate, and London becomes a city under siege. With chaos unfolding all around, Grace gives Daniel some shocking information about his father.
Saturday 27th January, 9.30pm, BBC One

10 Frankie Drake Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S11 E1/11
Frankie and her partner Trudy Clarke prevent the attempted kidnapping of aviator Phillip Anderson’s son Charlie, and investigate the case with the help of Anderson’s mechanic Greg Mills.
Tuesday 23rd January, 9pm, Alibi

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Andy D says:

    I’m assuming Modus S2 is close as they advertised it during Spiral’s interval last night. The trailer was a bit… uninspiring.

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    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      I’ve seen one episode. The impression I got was that people who liked the first series will probably like the second one too.

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    2. Paul Hirons says:

      Should be announced in the next week or so

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    3. Paul Hirons says:

      But you can deduce what you want from the fact that they put out a trailer…

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      1. Andy D says:

        I enjoyed the first season but I’m not sold on the whole “the president is missing!” plot this time around.

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  2. Sara Latham says:

    Have to say after 3 episodes, I’m losing interest in Before We Die….:s

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    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      That’s too bad. Any particular reason? Luckily, there’s plenty of other stuff on offer at the moment so no need to stick with something that isn’t your cup of tea.

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      1. Sara Latham says:

        Without giving it away, I like the mother/son thing but the main plot and other non police characters are a bit dull. I’m just a bit bored with it.

        Going to give Rebecka one a try 😊

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      2. Charlotte Carling says:

        Ok, I see. I guess those characters stay the same so probably not worth wasting more time on it.

        Maybe Rebecka Martinsson will be more interesting for you. I felt it took a little time to get to know the characters but then I enjoyed it.

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  3. Sara Latham says:

    Great, will give it a go. I rarely give up on things, but sometimes there isn’t time to waste….

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  4. Peter Smith says:

    Is there a reason that the preview of the week, which I much appreciate, does not follow the Mon thru Sun calendar days?

    It seems strange for the first items on the list to be ones at the end of the week.

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    1. Paul Hirons says:

      No reason, just the way it was started. Wanted to include the next weekend, because that’s when a lot of crime stuff is on, especially the BBC Four series.

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