Harry comes to All4 on Friday 1st June

Every so often a series sneaks under the radar, especially when it comes to online streaming services. Channel 4 is putting a lot of original series on its All4 site; some under the Walter Presents, some with under no banner at all. Harry – from New Zealand – is one such series. Which is a…

Tin Star adds new cast members for second series

Tin Star, Sky’s expensive, entertaining-but-messy Canadian-set crime drama starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks is coming back for a second series, this time adding new cast members. The first series told the story of a British Police Officer, who becomes the New Chief of Police and moves his family to the Canadian Rockies. But as…

ITV cancels Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret

When the BBC entered into a new relationship with Agatha Christie Limited to produce new versions of the late author’s work, many wondered aloud what its rival, ITV, was going to do to fill the Golden Age-sizedhole the likes of Miss Marple and Poirot. It filled it with a new, ongoing adaptation of Georges Simenon’s Maigret…

New French crime drama Les Ombres Rouge begins filming

French crime drama is, as we now know, worth keeping an eye on. Spiral, Witnesses and the recent acquisition by Netflix of La Forêt mean that the country really is doing good work in the genre. Now we hear (via The Medium Is Not Enough and Le Blog) that a new six-part crime series is on…

Douglas Henshall reveals Shetland series five shooting date

Series four of Shetland has been one of our favourite crime series of the year so far. Douglas Henshall and co were terrific in the six-part story, which told the story of two murders – one a decades-old cold case and a new one – a man who was released from prison for a murder…

REVIEW: A Very English Scandal (S1 E2/3)

From this distance in time – especially in the age of social media when political reputations are made and dashed within a few tweets – it’s hard to imagine the kind of deference public figures could inspire in the 1960s, and only the newspaper cartoonists really had licence to lampoon. Hugh Grant’s glowering performance powerfully…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 28th May – Sunday 3rd June)

Unbelievably, we’re half-way through the final series of The Bridge, while the excellent A Very British Scandal comes to an end. Elsewhere, there are new episodes of Elementary, Inspector Montalbano and Bulletproof, while we say goodbye to Rought Justice. Enjoy! 1 The Bridge *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* S4 E4/8 Still at large, Taariq spots the…

REVIEW: The Bridge (S4 E3/8)

Last week’s episode of The Bridge was, really, all about Saga. Her heroic return to police work and her subsequent mini-meltdown thrust her back into our consciousness with a jolt, but here, in episode three it was all about Henrik. Which was good to see, because – yes – Saga is our key character and…

Netflix picks up Polish series, Ultraviolet

It seems that not a day goes by when global, series-devouring streaming network Netflix – now rivalling Disney as the biggest media company in the US – has acquired some sort of new series. Not only does it produce its own US series and documentaries, it has cast its net far and wide and signed…

Miss Fisher movie greenlit

Australian series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (shown on Alibi in the UK), is one of our favourite staples – it’s full of Golden Age style and substance, and, well, old-fashioned fun. And, in Essie Davis, the series has an engaging and brilliant star. There have been three, hugely watchable series on the small screen, but…

Netflix acquires French crime drama La Forêt

French crime drama is now a real force in the international canon, thanks to Spiral and Witnesses, and recently Netflix has been plundering the world, securing crime dramas from here, there and everywhere. And that includes France. We’ve already had La Mante and The Frozen Dead, and we have La Forêt (The Forest), a six-part series starring Samuel…