REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E1/4)

I just knew this four-part adaptation of Australian author Helen FitzGerald’s The Cry would put us through the wringer, and for an hour it most assuredly did. Like all psychological thrillers, there was a constant feeling of unease, mostly due to the structure and the subject matter. It was filling the hole left by Bodyguard,…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E3&4/6)

If last week’s opening episodes of Australian crime drama Mystery Road were all about establishing the idea of community and the collective weight it’s people bear when a crime dredges up old secrets, then this week’s were all about family – and the ties that bind us to keep those secrets with us to the…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 1st October – Sunday 6th)

We’re edging into October and the seasons they are a-changing. Thankfully there’s some top-quality fare to keep us all entertained as the nights grow darker – the likes of Killing Eve, Mystery Road and The Cry continue this week, while Spanish Netflix series, Elite, starts. Enjoy! 1 Killing Eve *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* S1 E4/8…

REVIEW: Killing Eve (S1 E3/8)

Last week’s realisation on the part of both protagonists that they had met now has tragic repercussions, as their mutual obsession leads to an unexpected casualty. Well, we say ‘unexpected’, but in fact it was pretty obvious that dear old Bill (David Haig) was going to be a victim of Villanelle’s murderous passion, practically from…

Counterpart starts on STARZPlay today – will you be watching?

Such is the huge amounts of crime drama available now, and on so many different channels and streaming services, occasionally one or two slip through the net. STARZPlay, which is available via Amazon Prime, has an intriguing new, sci-fi-tinged thriller starting today. Counterpart stars Oscar-winner, JK Simmons, as Howard Silk, a low-level agent whose career is…

Finnish series Hotel Swan

We haven’t heard too much from Scandinavia and the Nordic lands for a while, but here’s some news: a new Finnish series is on the way. The 10-part series Hotel Swan follows Ella Linden (33), who has just landed her dream job as director of the Hotel Swan Helsinki, a popular and well-established, luxury hotel…

Stephen Graham to star in Line Of Duty V as Balaclava Man

The fifth series of British cop show conspiracy thriller, Line Of Duty, isn’t due on our screen until next year so we weren’t expecting the BBC PR wheels to start grinding until later in year. Not for the first time we were wrong. This appeared on the BBC’s Twitter feed this morning: Leaked: CCTV image…

Netflix announces Elite transmission date

Netflix has done it again. Or will do it again. We’ve had a lot of Spanish crime drama over the last few years (see it all here) and now Netflix is getting in on the act. The streaming ogre has its tentacles in so many territories these days, a Spanish series was never very far…

Sky Atlantic announces Get Shorty transmission date

When it was announced that there was to be a TV series based on the classic Leonard Elmore novel, Get Shorty, many rolled their eyes. Did we need one? Did we want one? Thankfully, the first series of Get Shorty – shown here in the UK – was half-decent. It follows Miles Daly, a hitman…

The Killing Times Podcast – Episode 3, Ivy Pochoda

Born and raised in Brooklyn and now living in Los Angeles, Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley and Visitation Street, published in the UK by The Indigo Press. Wonder Valley won The Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as…

Riverdale series three transmission date confirmed

Based on the Archie Comics’ characters, Riverdale is an insanely popular cult series, mixing as it does soapy high-school, coming-of-age frolics and a murder mystery. And now we know when it will return for its third series on Netflix. Set in the present day it’s described as a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty,…

Eva Green to star in BBC Two adaptation of The Luminaries

French actress Eva Green is on her way back to UK TV screens. Green plays Lydia Wells, while Hewson stars as Anna Wetherell and Csokas stars as Francis Carver in a BBC Two adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries. The period tale of adventure and mystery is set on the Wild West…