The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th April)

We say goodbye to two big shows this week – the American Crime Story (we’ll have a series review up next week) and David Morrissey’s enigmatic The City & The City both bid farewell. There’s also a new paranormal-tinged investigative drama on the radio this week, starring Nicola Walker. But really, this is the week is all about when British viewers will find out when series four of The Bridge is on… enjoy!

1 The Assassination Of Gianni Versace – American Crime Story *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
S1 E9/9
In Miami, Andrew Cunanan watches as the news of his murder of Gianni Versace breaks across the world’s media, naming him as the killer. As he attempts to flee, he finds himself hemmed in by police checkpoints and makes a desperate phone call for help from the one person he thinks will sympathise. Meanwhile in Milan, on the day of Versace’s funeral, Antonio receives some news from Donatella.
Wednesday 25th April, 9pm, BBC Two

S1 E4/4
Borlu awakens in the custody of Breach knowing he must follow their instructions having violated the border law by firing a gun from Ul Qoma into Beszel. Breach want Borlu to continue his investigation and find the answers to their questions – does the elusive third city of Orciny truly exist, what did Mahalia discover and why was she killed, and what is it that connects this case and Katrynia Borlu is determined to find the answers and discover the truth about what happened to his wife. 
Friday 27th April, 9pm, BBC2

3 Salamander: Blood Diamonds *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
S2 E5&6/12
Rene helps Paul to locate a diamond merchant and Martine’s plan of using her nephew to seduce Nicola Wolfs appears to be working.
Saturday 28th April, 9pm, BBC Four

S1 E1/1
A new paranormal drama by award-winning writer and director Julian Simpson, starring Nicola Walker. Incidents of death from heart failure have spiked at seven times the national average in a small village in Essex. Agent Lairre investigates. Also starring Tim McInnerny and Steven Mackintosh, music by Olafur Arnalds and Kronos Quartet.
Wednesday 25th April, 2.15pm, BBC Radio 4

S1 E8/13
The body of a senator and chairman of a waste disposal company is found in a room at a seedy hotel. At first it looks like a rendezvous-gone-wrong at one of Antwerp’s notorious spots, but when the homicide division concludes that the scene was staged, officers are led into a political battlefield where lies and bribes are thrown about and rival businessmen push beyond the limits to get things their way. Liese is forced to go to extreme lengths to determine who is threatening her job and relationships.
Friday 27th April, 9pm, More4

6 Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S11 E16/18
Murdoch and Brackenreid send Crabtree undercover at a chess tournament to unravel the murder of a Russian master.
Monday 23rd April, 9pm, Alibi

7 Endeavour
S4 E3/4
Morse is assigned to protect an informant who is undergoing emergency surgery. The case brings back unpleasant memories for the detective, while his colleagues are thrown into disarray when Bright is also rushed to hospital. Morse becomes fixated with a series of mysterious deaths that have occurred on the ward, and tries to find the scientific explanation behind stories of a curse.
Wednesday 25th April, 8pm, ITV3

8 The Loch
S1 E6/6
A body is pulled from the Loch and soon identified by the pathologist – while a photograph in the dead man’s wallet provides Annie and Quigley with a vital clue. Annie tries to gather further evidence by talking to a desperate Mhari, who refuses to believe the terrifying possibility she is presented with concerning her own son. Albrighton is threatened with arrest by Quigley, but nevertheless continues to pursue his own theory about the killings – even if it means putting his life on the line to prove himself right.
Monday 23rd April, 9pm, ITV Encore

9 DCI Banks
S3 E5/6
When the detective’s old neighbour tells him she has found a gun in her teenage daughter’s bedroom, his first instinct is to quietly retrieve the weapon. However, Helen persuades him to do things by the book and leads a firearms unit to take possession of it – but an innocent man is critically injured in the process, leading to an internal investigation that threatens to break up Banks’s team.
Monday 23rd, 10pm, ITV3

10 Midsomer Murders
S17 E1/4
At the Luxton Deeping Crime Festival, the unveiling of a newly discovered novel by deceased Midsomer crime writer George Summersbee is jeopardised when the manuscript is stolen and local artist Suzie Colebrooke is electrocuted by a booby-trapped roulette wheel. Can new father Barnaby untangle a web of jealousy and obsession to find the killer?
Tuesday 24th April, 8pm, ITV3


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Andy D says:

    That last episode of American Crime Story was one of the best hours of TV I’ve seen in years. Jon Jon Briones put the performance of a lifetime into that, absolutely chilling.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Paul Hirons says:

      It’s going to be up there on our end-of-year lists isn’t it?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Andy D says:

        100%. It’s been an incredible season.

        Liked by 1 person

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