Peaky Blinders to move to BBC One for series five

Globally, Birmingham-set historical gangster drama, Peaky Blinders, is a pretty big deal. And here, in the UK, it has performed extremely well in BBC Two. Now, like Line Of Duty before it, it’s going to transfer onto BBC One for next year’s series five. “Peaky Blinders is world class drama at the top of its…

Walter Presents confirms Alex transmission date

Walter Presents, that foreign-language brand, has had a busy day or so. It has announced two new Icelandic crime dramas waiting in the wings for September, and now it has added another, Swedish crime drama, Alex. On the outside, Alex is an exemplary citizen: a dedicated father and law-enforcer. In reality, he is drug-fuelled, dirty…

BBC Four confirms transmission date for Spanish crime drama La Peste

And now for something completely different. We know that beneath the umbrella of crime drama, a whole host of different variants gather: there are procedurals, there are psychological thrillers, there are whydunits, there are spy thrillers, gangster stories… and historical thrillers. BBC Four, known for its Scandinavian crime dramas set in the present day, has…

Swedish crime drama Sthlm Requiem to debut in October

We like to keep abreast of what’s happening over in Scandinavia and we’ve been alerted by Our Charlotte that Sthlm Requiem, a series we’ve been keeping our eyes on, will appear in Sweden this October. Based on Kristina Ohlsson’s Bergman & Recht novels it stars Liv Mjönes and Jonas Karlsson, and follows criminologist Fredrika Bergman who…

Walter Presents debuts two Icelandic crime dramas in September

Well, here we go – headlong into the autumn season. We’ll be posting an extensive autumns/winter preview in the next few days, but until then, Walter Presents has announced that two Icelandic crime dramas – Cover Story and The Court – will debut on its UK service in September. Cover Story, then. When Laura, a…

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E7/8)

Over the course of six episodes, Sharp Objects has woven an intense, slow-burning spell, charting the homecoming of Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) and her subsequent facing down of long-buried demons. It’s been a brilliantly simmering drama – almost melodrama in places – but if there’s a criticism to be made it’s that it has taken…

REVIEW: Unforgotten (S3 E6/6)

The death of suspect Peter Carr on her watch was a punch to the solar plexus Cassie (Nicola Walker) was not ready for. As her guilt drags her down, sidekick Sunny (Sanjeev Bhaskar) has regained his customary haunted, confused demeanour as he watches his beloved colleague’s spirits circle the mental drain. Since the police raid…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E4/4)

Let’s face it: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco has been way below par, which has been a real shame. The characters are there, the backstory and premise are sound and fun, and even some of the ideas in this new series have been interesting. But everything else has been sadly lacking. The plot, the pacing,…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 20 – Sunday 26th August)

Rejoice! There is some new stuff out this week, replacing the likes of Unforgotten, Cardinal and The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. So… we have Finnish series, Deadwind (Karppi) starting on Netflix, series two of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes on Starzplay (via Amazon Prime) and Alan Cumming vehicle, Instinct, over on Sky Witness. Enjoy! 1 Sharp…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E5&6/6)

So after just three short weeks we wrap up Black Fly Season, the second series of Canadian crime drama Cardinal. It does make me wonder if it had been extended out to an episode a week rather than the traditional BBC4 double-up if I would have had the patience to persist with what has been…

Sexy Beast to be adapted for TV

One the Noughties’ best British crime films was Sexy Beast, the terrifying gangster flick starring an unforgettable Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley. Now we hear that it’s getting the TV treatment. Deadline reports: The potential series, which will be shopped to cable and streaming networks, will tell the story of up-and-coming criminal Gal Dove as…

RTÉ announces new crime drama Take Down for autumn season

Other than Jack Taylor, Love/Hate has been Ireland’s best crime drama to date, but now it seems a new series is on the way in the autumn, which could ramp things up a bit. The creative team behind Love/Hate, – Stuart Carolan (writer/executive producer), Suzanne McAuley (executive producer) and David Caffrey (director) are joined by best-selling novelist Jo Spain…