REVIEW: Black Lake (S2 E1&2/8)

Last year, BBC Four rolled out a new Swedish series that mixed well-worn elements and tropes from the horror genre with mystery components. Black Lake (Svartsjön) wasn’t the best in the world – so daft in places! – but I kind of admired it for sticking to its guns and having a relatively strong puzzle,…

Death Comes As The End to be the next BBC Agatha Christie adaptation

Sarah Phelps’ four Agatha Christie adaptations have been absolutely brilliant, and during these past four years, they’ve become a real Christmas treat. Now we’re hearing that there will be more Christie adaptations for the BBC, but the next one will not feature Phelps as screenwriter. The Radio Times carried a story today saying that Death…

FIRST LOOK: Trapped (Series 2)

Fair warning. This text contains some limited details from the first episode of Trapped 2, which started in its native Iceland on 26th December. I’m not giving you lots of big spoilers, though. This year started with one of the most anticipated Nordic returns in the final series of The Bridge, and at the end…

REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E3/3)

“Mes enfants” We all know that this Poirot hasn’t been to everyone’s tastes, but let’s not go over all that again, because, to me, Sarah Phelps’ adaptation has been a resounding success and we have a final episode to discuss. If anyone knows the original story then you know that all is not what it…

Canal+ releases new trailer for Spiral

One of the sadder facts of 2019 will be the final, seventh, series of Spiral – surely the best, ever crime drama to come out of France. [UPDATE: IT’S NOT, THERE WILL BE AN EIGHTH!] The show has built a legion of fans here in the UK, and it’ll be a sad day when it…

REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E2/3)

Last night’s opening episode of The ABC Murders introduced us to a new kind of Poirot – tired, persecuted, guilt-ridden and locked in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a serial killer who seemingly knew every move he was going to make before even he knew he was going to make it. Poirot found himself…

REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E1/3)

“Chin-chin” To me, Sarah Phelps’ now-annual Agatha Christie adaptations have been nothing short of revelatory. Phelps has always been a skilled writer of human drama, but these Christie reworkings have more social context and emotional depth than even Christie’s originals. Ally Phelps’s nuance with Christie’s supreme plot structure and addictive whodunit elements, and the three…