Israeli crime drama for Walter Presents

You can always rely on Walter Presents – that little corner of Channel 4’s All4 VOD service – to scour the globe for some of the stuff we wouldn’t normally get to watch. The brand has now gone to Israel for its next series. Mama’s Angel is a 10-part series that starts in a week…

First trailer for series two of Mr Mercedes released

Our Andy quite enjoyed series one of the Stephen King adaptation, Mr Mercedes (read his review here). We know that it’s back on our screen at the end of August, the show’s home US network, AT&T Audience Network, has released series two’s first trailer. Deadline describes the plot: The series picks up a year after…

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E4/8)

“My momma said all of history was written by men.” Spiders. Big, great, whopping spiders were the visual motif du jour in episode four of this superb and dark-as-night HBO series adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel. So far we have Smalltownsville, Missouri trying to come to terms with the sickening murders of two dead teenage…

Netflix orders Ibiza-set crime drama from creators of The Crown

We can hardly keep up with them. We hear that Netflix has ordered a new crime drama series from the creators of The Crown, set on the Balearic holiday island of Ibiza called White Lines. Deadline reports: Written by La Casa de Papel creator Alex Pina, who will serve as showrunner, in White Lines, when the body of a…

Netflix releases first trailer for Tony Danza’s Good Cop

And they just keep on coming from Netflix. The next crime drama from the streaming juggernaut is The Good Cop, starring Tony Danza and looking, well, here’s a trailer… Deadline reports: In the series, Danza plays Tony Sr. (Big Tony), a former NYPD officer who lives with his son, Tony Jr. (TJ), Josh Groban, a…

REVIEW: Unforgotten (S3 E3/6)

Last week’s delicious little cliffhanger – the tense phone call between TV quiz host James Hollis (Kevin McNally) and his estranged son Elliot (Tom Rhys Harris) – has probably quelled the left-field gut theory that we had about who murdered Hayley Reid. The Hollises, père et fils, may be complicit in some guilty secret concerning…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 30th July – 5th August)

Here we go, then. Another week in crime drama land, with the big guns still going strong – Sharp Objects, Unforgotten, Picnic… and Dicte all continue. There is one, brand-new series starting this week: BBC Four’s next Saturday-night crime drama from overseas is series two of Cardinal (subtitled Black Fly Season). Enjoy! 1 Sharp Objects…

Amazon names transmission date for Julia Roberts psych drama, Homecoming

We live in an increasingly convergent, multi-media age, where each one bleeds into another: novels are adapted for television; television inspires film; podcasts feature true-crime cases; and now television adapts podcasts. Yes, we’re now getting TV dramas based on chart-topping podcasts. The podcast in question here is Homecoming, an ‘immersive’ fiction story that originally starred Catherine…

Netflix renews Altered Carbon for series two, hires new lead

Last week, Our Chris reviewed sci-fi noir, Altered Carbon, on Netflix (see his review here). The good-looking series, based on the novel trilogy by Richard K. Morgan, did well for the streaming service and provided plenty of Bladerunner-type thrills. Now we hear that it has been renewed for a second, eight-episode series. Not only that,…

REVIEW: Dicte – Crime Reporter (S3 E2&3/5)

The first episode of the last series of Dicte was a bit of a wild diversion and, I felt, went against the DNA of the programme. But still we were left on an almighty cliffhanger – Wagner was shot in Lebanon (not a euphemism) and surely they wouldn’t kill off a main character. Would they?…

Filming begins on Baptiste, Jessica Raine joins cast

One thing we’re looking forward to is Missing spin-off, Baptiste, starring the fabulous Tchéky Karyo as the taciturn but very loveable, wise-old detective, Julien Baptiste. We now hear that the Williams’ brothers new series has started filming and that Jessica Raine has joined the cast. Furthermore, we’ve got some plotlines: When Julien and his wife are…