Leif GW Persson’s Gone In Snow to start in Sweden next month

Ast the end of last year, we bought you news that Leif GW Persson’s The Dying Detective was to air on Swedish channel SVT. Now the celebrated crime novelist has a new project, but this time it’s based on an idea rather than a novel. Gone In Snow (Det som göms i snö) is to transmit…

Channel 4 unveils three new psychological dramas

When they do crime drama things, you can always rely on Channel 4 to do things a bit differently. Today, the channel has announced three new stand-alone dramas with a crimey edge, in a new strand called On The Edge. to be transmitted in one night. The night will showcase the work of three rising…

HBO’s Perry Mason reboot is go without Downey Jr in the lead

Why go there? That’s always our reaction whenever there’s news of a reboot of a classic show. We’re not going near the Magnum PI reboot, but we hear that Perry Mason – that redoubtable character created by Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1930s, which became a global hit from the 1950s onwards. The HBO adaptation has…

Cast announced for Megan Abbott’s Dare Me pilot

We’re keeping a close eye on USA Network’s adaptation of Megan Abbott’s superb novel, Dare Me. Abbott is one of our favourite crime writers, and Dare Me one of her best books. The story dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends after a new…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S2 E1/4)

The first two series of The Bletchley Circle were based on a fun conceit: a group of women who forged a friendship and a bond during their time as codebreakers at Bletchley during the war reunited after realising that nothing quite lived up to the sense of importance and satisfaction of helping the country. And…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E3/6)

I’ve had my issues with Picnic At Hanging Rock, but have always felt that if they get it right then it could be something approaching half-decent. And, wouldn’t you know it, in this week’s third episode – the half-way point of the series – things calmed down to the extent that it did indeed approach…

Finnish series Deadwind to debut on Netflix next month

Thanks to our eagle-eyed reader, Seija, for this news story. Back in March we brought you news of a Finnish series that was doing rather well in its homeland (see that story here). Deadwind (or Karppi) told the story of Sofia Karppi, a detective in her 30s trying to get over her husband’s death. She…

BBC Four confirms Cardinal: Black Fly Season transmission date

Despite its flaws and Billy Campbell’s incessant half-whisper, Cardinal was very watchable when series one of the Canadian crime drama debuted on BBC Four last year. Now we have series two, subtitled Black Fly Season, which BBC Four has confirmed the transmission details. Series one saw Detective John Cardinal (Campbell) return to his hometown after 10…

Babylon Berlin series three confirmed, plotlines revealed

We ran a story a month or so ago saying that series three of Weimer Republic-era noir, Babylon Berlin, was to start production. Now we have more details. Deadline reports: Director-writer trio Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries are currently working on the scripts for ten new episodes, based on Volker Kutscher’s second Gereon…

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E3/8)

  After two superb episodes, this adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects continued with its most hallucinatory and desperately dark instalment yet. The way this series has been edited, we’ve already been treated to clever, subliminal jump cuts and flashbacks aplenty, which has provided a dream-like feel to its linear narrative in the foreground. Snatches…