You may not leave your house in 2019.
These previews seem to be getting larger and larger each year, which is great for us crime drama fans – it shows that the genre is, on a truly global level, thriving.
We’re not going to rattle on too much here – there’s just so much to get through – so sit back, put the kettle on and prepare to get excited: there’s an inordinate amount of fantastic-looking stuff coming your way in 2019.
Luther (Series 4)
The big man is back. With his friend in peril and a young woman kidnapped by a relentless serial killer, can Luther (Idris Elba) protect the innocent while preventing Cornelius’ (Patrick Malahide) violent revenge from consuming him? Who is Luther willing to save, and who can’t he bear to lose?
Incoming: Tuesday 1st January, 9pm, BBC One
BBC One (Netflix outside of the UK)
This eight-part drama looks like one to watch. The all-star cast includes Takehiro Hira, Kelly Macdonald, Yosuke Kubozuka, Will Sharpe, Masahiro Motoki, Justin Long and Charlie Creed-Miles, and it has been described as an intricate and soulful thriller that explores the butterfly effect of one murder over two cities. Kenzo (Hira), and Yuto (Kubosuka), once devoted and now estranged brothers, are driven to opposite sides of the world by the spiralling consequences of one violent split-second decision.
Killing Eve (Series 2)
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer reprise their roles in the break-out global hit of 2018. Nina Sosanya, Julian Barratt and Edward Bluemel join the cast, but the big news comes from behind the camera, where Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be taking time out (to work on a new series of Fleabag) and handing over writing duties to Emerald Fennell. Not much plot is available, but first-look images have been released.
Line Of Duty (Series 5)
Possibly the big one, depending on your point of view. Jed Mercurio can do no wrong, thanks to Line Of Duty’s move from BBC Two to BBC One, and the recent, global success of Bodyguard. Anticipation for series five of Line Of Duty is at feverpitch. What do we know? We know that Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar are back, and Stephen Graham joins the cast as Balaclava Man. Aside from that, little else is known about the plot aside from Mercurio saying that the personal lives of the main players will be explored more and Hastings himself comes under scrutiny. Oh, and Stephen Graham is Balaclava Man. Expect carefully orchestrated clips and trailers in the next month or so.
The Dublin Murders
Dublin Murders is drawn from Tana French’s internationally bestselling Dublin Murder Squad novels and has been adapted by Sarah Phelps. Each book is led by a different detective from the same team and their signature is an intense emotional connection between cop and crime. This eight-part series blends the first two novels, In the Woods and The Likeness to deliver a dark psychological mystery with a tap root that drops deep down into Ireland’s past, foreshadows the future and brings insight to its present. This series, set during the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom of the millennium, will focus on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic Detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox. The victims – a young talented ballerina who is found dead on an ancient stone altar, and a vivacious free-spirited woman, who is found stabbed in a roofless famine cottage – are seemingly unrelated, but as we will discover, are actually knitted together by powerful shared themes.
Death In Paradise (Series 8)
In the show’s eighth series, the police team face some complex challenges ranging from a popular local radio DJ killed while live on air, to a group of friends celebrating their 50th birthdays finding one of its members dead. DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) leads the squad as they give billionaires a run for their money, and an investigation gets them in hot water. Romance is on the cards for DS Florence Cassell (Jobert) as lines between her personal and professional life become blurred, whilst Officer JP Hooper (Bakare) has his work cut out as he mentors the newest recruit, Officer Ruby Patterson (Amos).
Thursday 10th January, 9pm, BBC One
Silent Witness (Series 22)
Fresh from her trip to the States, Nikki (Emilia Fox) and the Lyell unit are called in to investigate an attack against a trans man. When two further attacks are reported, one leaving a potential witness, it becomes clear that the team is facing an outbreak of violence against the trans community.
Tuesday 8th January, 9pm, BBC One
Father Brown (Series 7)
In season seven, when Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) returns from Northern Rhodesia in need of help, Father Brown is forced to conclude that none other than Hercule Flambeau (John Light) may be her greatest ally. Meanwhile, a familiar face returns to Kembleford when a notorious police killer is spotted near the village, putting Sergeant Goodfellow (John Burton) in grave danger.
Monday 7th January, 2.15pm, BBC One
The Mallorca Files
Set among the vibrant international community of the eponymous Spanish island, The Mallorca Files will centre around the clash of personalities between a British and German detective who have very different approaches to policing. Yet despite – or perhaps because of -their very different approaches, the sleuths form a perfect complementary partnership as they seek to solve a new crime on the island each week. Elen Rhys (Keeping Faith) plays self-confessed introverted Brit Miranda Blake, who takes her career (as well as everything else in life) seriously. Julian Looman plays Miranda’s German partner-in-crime-solving, Max Winter – a classic extrovert who is unashamedly unconventional and not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.
Not really pure crime, but this lavish-looking series looks like it will be one to watch (it has a murder in it, ok?). Based on the novel by Eleanor Catton’s award-winning novel, the eight-part The Luminaries tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes. It is a 19th century tale of adventure and mystery, set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush. The story follows defiant young adventurer Anna Wetherell, who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life. There she meets the radiant Emery Staines, an encounter that triggers a strange kind of magic that neither can explain. As they fall in love, driven together and apart by fateful coincidence, these star-crossed lovers begin to wonder: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us? And just look at the cast: Eva Green, Eve Hewson, Ewen Leslie and lots more.
Incoming: Winter (TBC)
An acutely timely surveillance thriller set in London, The Capture begins with the unjust arrest of an innocent man and soon escalates into a multi-layered conspiracy of manipulated evidence. Described as a spy show for the modern era, it asks – in an age where visual images can be drastically manipulated, yet criminal justice relies so heavily on video evidence – can you always believe what you see? Callum Turner and Holliday Grainger are pegged to star.
Elizabeth Is Missing
Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Healey, and written by Andrea Gibb, Elizabeth Is Missing combines a gripping mystery with a tender yet unflinching exploration of one woman’s struggle with dementia. When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud is convinced that something terrible has happened, and sets out to solve the mystery. But with her dementia worsening, unfinished business unearthed and the past and present starting to merge, Maud’s search takes on a poignant urgency. Will Maud be able to discover the truth before she loses herself completely?
Richard Gere, Helen McCrory and Billy Howle starring? The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’s Tom Rob Smith writing? Count us in. This eight-part series tells the story of Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Kathryn, a British heiress, has been estranged from Max following the breakdown of their marriage some years before. Their 30-year-old son, Caden (Billy Howle), runs Max’s UK newspaper and is primed to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world. But when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, its empire, and a country on the brink of change.
Death Comes As The End
The Beeb’s next Agatha Christie adaptation, and this time Gwyneth Hughes is in the screenwriting chair. It is Egypt, 2000 BC, where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest. Young, beautiful and venomous, most agree that she deserved to die like a snake. Yet Renisenb, the priest’s daughter, believes that the woman’s death was not fate, but murder. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within her own father’s household. As the wife of an eminent archaeologist, Agatha Christie took part in several expeditions to the Middle East. Drawing upon this experience and exhaustive research, she wrote this serial killer mystery laid in Egypt 4000 years ago.
Incoming: Winter (TBC)
Happy Valley (Series 3)
We speculated that the third series of Happy Valley might sneak into the back end of 2018, but alas, Sally Wainwright was working hard on her glorious-looking Victorian period piece, Gentleman Jack (which will air in the first part of 2019). All this means that series three has been on the back burner. But, with Sarah Lancashire pencilled into return as Catherine Cawood, we’re hoping that this might see the light of day towards the end of this year, although it looks increasingly likely it’ll be appearing in this very same guide for 2020.
Incoming: Autumn/winter (TBC)
Peaky Blinders (Series 5)
Another series that has moved from BBC Two to BBC One, the Brummie gangster series will return for a fifth run this spring. Plenty of footage and photos have been released during the filming, and a raft of new cast members have joined. As far as plot goes, series five of Steven Knight’s crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere. When Tommy Shelby MP (Cillian Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.
The Trial Of Christine Keeler
No doubt bouyed by the success of its dramatisation of a period sex scandal (A Very English Scandal), Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Emilia Fox and Ben Miles have been announced as leads in the novelist Amanda Coe’s six-part drama for The Trial Of Christine Keeler. It takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories: the chain of events in the 1960s that came to be known as the Profumo Affair. At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler (Cookson) – a young woman who the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules.
This Missing spin-off began filming in the summer of last year, and the hope is we’ll see this in the first part of the year. Tchéky Karyo will return as the titular French detective, and Jessica Raine and Tom Hollander also join the cast. The plot? When Julien and his wife are on a visit to Amsterdam, the Chief of Police – who also happens to be an old girlfriend – seeks out his help due to his renowned and methodical crime-solving skills. Baptiste is rapidly embroiled in a case that looks beyond the beautiful streets, canals and houses of Amsterdam to the seamy underworld beneath.
Incoming: Spring (TBC)
The Name Of The Rose
Set in Italy in 1327, this all-star adaptation of Umberto Eco’s celebrated novel follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (the brilliant John Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Damian Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Rupert Everett), who prosecutes those who criticise the Pope.
Incoming: Spring (TBC)
Un Bore Mercher/Keeping Faith
S4C/BBC One Wales
The first series was broadcast in Welsh as Un Bore Mercher, then in English in Wales on BBC One Wales as Keeping Faith, and went on to break BBC iPlayer records. It was also shown on network television across the UK – the first time a BBC Wales/S4C joint TV drama production has gone out on BBC One. Telling the story of lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells (Eve Myles) as she fights to find the truth behind the sudden disappearance of her husband, series two – written by Matthew Hall and Pip Broughton – joins her as she attempts to pick up the pieces of her life and marriage.
Incoming: Autumn (TBC)
Could this eight-part series be the next Welsh-language hit from S4C? A jury, who have sat in judgment in a two-week murder trial, are released to their room to discuss and consider before arriving at a verdict. But little do they know that, within 35 hours, one of them will be dead at the hands of one of the other jurors.
Sunday 6th January, 9pm, S4C
Trapped (Series 2)
The much-anticipated second series of Icelandic drama Trapped – a past winner of our Best Crime Drama Of The Year – began in its native Iceland on Boxing Day, and the hope is that we’ll have it soon on BBC Four, perhaps even by February. Plot-wise, as an Icelandic government minister enters the parliament building, she is attacked by a man who sets fire to both of them. Investigation of the incident then takes unexpected turns. Those unexpected plot twists will touch on hot topic issues in Iceland and around the world, such as imported labour and heavy industry.
Incoming: February (TBC)
Spiral (Series 7)
Series seven of the best ever French crime drama series kicks off in its native France in February. It’s likely to be back on BBC Four at some point, but we’re not sure when yet. In terms of plot, the team is back together to investigate a case that first appears to be a robbery but is revealed very quickly to be far more complex. Following the trail of cash from drug trafficking, the team uncovers an important money laundering network. Confronted for the first time with white-collar crime – the perpetrators of which enjoy protection from the highest level of the state – they will have to face obstacles set by their own bosses.
Not a procedural, but this powerful four-part drama tells the story of one woman’s fight for justice. Written by novelist Kevin Sampson, who was present at Hillsborough Stadium on the tragic day 96 football fans died, it tells the real-life story of Anne Williams’ decades-long fight for justice for her teenage son and all the victims of the 1989 disaster. Sampson was instrumental in the Hillsborough Campaign for Justice, and conducted interviews with Williams, whose powerful story he tells here. It films in the summer, so this might just sneak into the end of 2019.
Grantchester (Series 4)
James Norton, who plays the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman, Sidney Chambers, will make his final appearance during the series. Clergyman Will Davenport, played by Tom Brittney, becomes Geordie’s new crime-solving partner in 1950s Grantchester.
Friday 11th January, 9pm, ITV
Written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back) the series tells the story of how the murder of French student, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003, and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler in 2002. With the full co-operation of former DCI Colin Sutton, Manhunt dramatises the hunt to find the killer. The three-part drama follows the detailed and painstaking investigation by the former London Metropolitan police detective and his team, as they dedicated themselves to finding Amelie’s killer, and pursuing links to the other murders. Martin Clunes stars.
Sunday 6th – Tuesday 8th January, 9pm, ITV
Liar (Series 2)
With so many unanswered questions from series one of Liar, series two will focus on what happened to Andrew in the lead up to his death. But more importantly, who killed him? Creators Harry and Jack Williams spoke about what viewers can expect from the next instalment. While Jack promised that series two “will be a new set of lies and perceptions”, Harry explained: “There are certainly a few suspects and we hope to explore that further. Andrew has been missing for several weeks and then we see his dead body in the empty marshlands. The question is: what happened in those missing weeks that led to Andrew’s demise?”
Incoming: Autumn/winter (TBC)
The Bletchley Circle’s Rachael Stirling, Angela Griffin, Tony Pitts and Bronwyn James have joined a show that tells the story of high-flying US cop Bill Hixon (Hollywood’s Rob Lowe), who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force. When he lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14-year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, he’s hoping they can flee their painful recent past. But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it’s Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?
Incoming: Spring (TBC)
Vera (Series 8)
Following the huge success of series eight, award-winning actress, Brenda Blethyn dons her infamous mac and hat to play the unorthodox but brilliantly perceptive Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, in four chilling feature-length episodes set against the backdrop of the North East. In the first new episode, entitled Blind Spot written by Paul Logue, Brenda is joined by a strong ensemble cast which includes Peter Davison, James Atherton, Jodie McNee and Adrian Lukis.
Incoming: End of January
Endeavour (Series 6)
Shaun Evans will return as the young Morse, with the Oxford detective now operating in the 1970s. And don’t we know it – check out the ‘tache! Following the dissolution of Oxford City Police and the merging with Thames Valley Constabulary at the end of the last series, the latest instalment is set in 1969 and picks up with the team dispersed as they find their feet in their various new roles. However, despite their separation, the tragic murder of DC George Fancy still hangs over them both collectively and individually, with the case remaining unresolved. With their new positions also come new colleagues and responsibilities. Thursday must adjust to working with new boss DI Ronnie Box played by Simon Harrison and junior DS Alan Jago played by Richard Riddell. Meanwhile, Joan has settled back in Oxford and is training to work in social services under the mentor of new manager Viv Wall played by Alison Newman.
Kate Beckinsale headlines this series, and will play Georgia Wells who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night. Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle. Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance. Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they’ve lost, but she hasn’t given up hope.
Morven Christie will star in this crime drama set in Morecambe Bay. When Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong is assigned to a missing persons investigation in Morecambe Bay, at first it seems like any other – tragic, but all too familiar. As a police Family Liaison Officer, she’s trained never to get emotionally involved. Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives whilst also to be the eyes and ears of the police investigation; a cuckoo in the nest. But there’s something very different about this particular case. With horror, Lisa realises she’s got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation. As she grapples to get justice for the grieving family, Lisa discovers it could come at the cost of her own.
Incoming: Spring (TBC)
Midsomer Murders (Series 20)
ITV has been all over the place when it comes to scheduling Midsomer Murders – it normally appears in the first few weeks of each year – but last year we only got a few episodes from series 19. The hope is that series 20 will appear this year, perhaps even in its entirety.
Bancroft (Series 2)
This new, four-part second series sees Sarah Parish joined by Charlotte Hope as Annabel Connors, Joe Bancroft’s fiancé, David Avery in the role of Detective Superintendent Jake Harper and Jacqueline Boatswain as Chief Constable Frances Holland, and Adrian Edmondson. Series two opens with Bancroft at the height of her career. The drama focuses on her continuing success and her enhanced reputation as a ‘good cop’. However, her success comes at a price. She’s isolated and estranged from her beloved son, Joe (Long), facing increasing pressure as a result of her dangerous pact with crime boss Daanish Kamara (McKen) and is forever under the watchful eye of Superintendent Cliff Walker (Edmondson) who strongly believe she’s corrupt and should be exposed as such. When Joe is implicated in a disturbing double murder case, Bancroft’s personal and professional life come crashing down around her. She is determined to protect her son, but in doing so finds herself up against a chilling new antagonist. With threats closing in from all sides, the repercussions of her past actions will come back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.
Another Harry and Jack Williams thriller, Katherine Kelly plays university professor Leah, who starts a dangerous relationship with her student Rose, played by Molly Windsor, and is thrust into a case of academic deception, which has fatal consequences. Humans and Mr Selfridge star Tom Goodman-Hill plays Leah’s university professor husband Adam, while Unforgotten’s Lorraine Ashbourne and Spooks and Victoria star Peter Firth play her parents. Adrian Edmondson plays Rose’s father William.
Incoming: Spring (TBC)
The six-part series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman, deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation. Set in Swindon, Wiltshire, A Confession, details the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan in March 2011. On a night out with girlfriends, Sian left a nightclub in Swindon Old Town to walk the 15 minutes home to boyfriend Kevin Reape, played by Charlie Cooper. Worried for her safety, Kevin reports Sian missing when she fails to come home in the early hours or respond to his increasingly frantic texts. With the police investigation underway, officers arrive on the doorstep of Sian’s mother, Elaine O’Callaghan, played by Siobhan Finneran, who at first thinks her daughter must have stayed overnight with a girlfriend. Described as a ‘family girl’, it was uncharacteristic of Sian to be out of touch with her loved ones. Senior Investigating Officer Steve Fulcher leads a team, which begins to piece together Sian’s last movements… and unravel the missing pieces of the puzzle.
Fargo (Series 4)
Channel 4 (TBC)
It was announced that Fargo would return for a fourth series in 2019, which is great news – it’s one of our favourite crime dramas. This time, Chris Rock takes the starring role, and it’s set in 1950, Kansas City, Missouri. Essentially the locale will serve as the crossroads and collisions of two migrations, Italians coming from Italy and African Americans fleeing the south to escape Jim Crow, both fighting for a piece of the American dream as two controlling crime syndicates. They are at an uneasy peace controlling an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons. It sounds incredible, and we’re hoping that this will sneak into the back end of 2019.
The End Of The F****** World (Series 2)
This break-out, cult show is based on two 17-year-old outsiders, James and Alyssa, who embark on a road trip to find her estranged father. James, who is convinced he’s a psychopath, has decided it’s time to graduate from killing animals to something bigger – and he already has a target in mind. Alyssa, the embodiment of existential angst, feels like she doesn’t fit in at her new school despite being quite popular. Together, they get caught up on a trail of violent events that grow increasingly more ominous as their quest progresses. Alex Lawther, who plays James, told Popbuzz the plot line for series two was currently open-ended, commenting: “It was based on a comic book series by Charles Forsman and the comic ends where our episode ends. If there was a series two, it would give Charlie Covell – who wrote and adapted it – a chance to explore something completely from her imagination, which I would be very excited about because I think she’s brilliant.”
Waleed Zuaiter, Bertie Carvel, Clara Khoury, Leem Lubany, Neil Maskell and Corey Stoll join the international cast for Channel 4’s new six-part crime series, Baghdad Central, written and created by BAFTA-nominated writer Stephen Butchard, and based on the novel by Elliott Colla. With the Iraqi army, police and civil leadership disbanded, this means there’s effectively no rule of law, leaving the capital city to exist as a chaotic swamp of paranoia and crime. As it turns out, she’s been leading a hidden life and is in grave danger. This leads Muhsin into an alliance with Carvel’s Frank Temple, a character looking to rebuild the Iraqi police force.
Jerusalem, from the pen of Boardwalk Empire’s Bash Doran and starring Luke Treadaway and Emma Appleton, revolves around Feef Symonds, a bold 20-something woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945, just as the Labour party sweeps to victory. Her ambition to make something of her life goes unrecognised by her family, and is further complicated by her American lover. Feef agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans, who have a hidden agenda in making sure England’s burgeoning Socialist ambitions don’t play into Soviet hands. Struggling to work out what she stands for, and what she’s capable of, Feef must learn to think for herself and play by her own rules at a time when knowledge becomes power and nothing and no one is what they seem.
Professor T (Series 3)
Channel 4/All4 (Walter Presents)
The show’s namesake is a prodigal criminologist at Antwerp University who has inspired scores of students with his punchy teaching techniques. However, the heart-breaking ending to series two takes the world’s most germophobic man to his own personal hell: a filthy men’s prison, where the control over his routine and spotless surroundings he depends are taken from him. After killing the crooked chief-inspector Serge Lauwers to protect Christine, Jasper Teerlinck is immediately incarcerated. For the mysophobic and autistic professor, he could not be thrown into a more challenging situation. However, against all odds he finds a way to embrace his new life and thrive: when a fellow prisoner claims to be wrongly accused of murder, Professor T dusts off his gloves and sets to proving his innocence. They say old habits die hard… His reputation may have been saved within prison and guaranteed him a steady stream of wrongly accused defendants to save, but on the outside the Antwerp police department strongly sense his absence. Despite new talent on the team, they desperately lack his interfering genius to solve the constant supply of complicated crimes that come their way.
From Friday 4th January, All4/Walter Presents
Channel 4/All4 (Walter Presents)
Eight-part Norwegian series, The River, is based on true events and stars Espen Reboli Bjerke, Ingeborg Raustøl and Dennis Storhøi. In the small village of Djupelv, which straddles the Norwegian/Russian border well within the Arctic Circle, the winters are long and dark. Everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets in this close-knit community, or so it seems. During one of NATO’S winter exercises, a dismembered hand is discovered in the river by a local Sami girl. Thomas, the local police officer, starts investigating the grisly discovery, despite firm warnings from his superiors. When the girl disappears and is later found murdered by army officer Mia Holt he becomes even more suspicious that something sinister is afoot. Mia and Thomas continue together in their search for the truth and are forced to look at this small community in a new light. Why are the authorities passive? Why are the locals staying so tight-lipped? And what is hidden up there in the mountains?
Incoming: Monday 14th January, Channel 4 (then all episodes available on All4/Walter Presents)
The Crimson Rivers
Niémans and Camille are called out all over rural France to solve complex cases, which all involve weird brutality far beyond the capacity of local police departments. The protagonists find themselves infiltrating folktale-like crimes with strong moral and mystic themes, dealing with cults, murder based on family tradition and human sacrifice. An unlikely match, Niémans is a reserved, pragmatic and pessimistic old-school sleuth, whereas Camille is bold, brave and not afraid of over-stepping the mark, yet together they make a charismatic and driven duo who will stop at nothing to catch a killer.
Incoming: Friday 11th January, 9pm, More4
Channel 4/Walter Presents
Greyzone stars Borgen’s Birgitte Hjort Sørensen about the events leading up to a terror-attack in Scandinavia. During a business trip abroad the brilliant software engineer Victoria meets the attractive and intelligent reporter Iayd. Victoria agrees to an interview but what should have been a harmless conversation about her work, turns into a dangerous situation where Victoria and her son Oskar are taken hostage in their own home. Iyad exposes his hidden agenda; he is part of a terror cell planning an attack somewhere in Scandinavia. Victoria works at SparrowSat, a Swedish company that develops drone technology and Iyad’s accomplices have singled out Victoria to gain access to vital components to facilitate the attack. When anti-terror police discover her desperate situation, instead of saving her they force her to become a double agent and gain insight into Iyad’s terror network. One step wrong could have life-threating consequences for both Victoria and her son Oskar, especially as she starts to strike a friendship with her captor.
Run centres on Ruby, a woman living a humdrum existence who one day gets a text inviting her to fulfil a youthful pact, promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame. Domnhall Gleeson will play Billy Johnson, a successful life guru from a wealthy Irish family. Born with the gift of gab, he deftly combines a boatload of charisma with a boundless need for approval. It will also star Killing Eve and Fleabag creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
True Detective (Series 3)
We can’t wait for this one, which is just as well because it really is just around the corner. Playing out in three distinct time periods, the season promises to be a brain-teaser. Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali stars as Wayne Hays, an Arkansas state police detective who can’t stop thinking about the two children who went missing 30 years before. Co-starring with Ali is Stephen Dorff as Hays’ partner on the case, along with Carmen Ejogo, Ray Fisher, Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Deborah Ayorinde, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn, Michael Graziadei, Josh Hopkins, Jodi Balfour and Mamie Gummer.
Incoming: Monday 14th January, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
Tin Star (Series 2)
Tim Roth returns in this Canada-set crime drama. The first series ended with Police Chief Jim (Roth) and his family destroyed by the chaos surrounding Jim and his alter-ego Jack, and season two will pick up with Jim and his grieving and shell-shocked family in the wilderness of the Rockies as they struggle to come to terms with their ordeal. Series two will also see Anna (Abigail Lawrie) taken into the care of the religious Nickel family, but she will soon learn they are harbouring some dark secrets, and it’s not long before Anna is forced to seek her father’s help. In order to earn forgiveness, atone for his sins and save his family and himself, Jim will also have to form an ‘uneasy’ alliance.
Incoming: Thursday 24th January, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
Babylon Berlin (Series 3)
Series three of the celebrated German noir will once again be based on a novel by Volker Kutscher (The Silent Death). Berlin 1930. Sound film is conquering the big screen, leaving many by the wayside: producers, cinema owners – and silent film stars. Investigating the violent on-set death of actress Betty Winter, Inspector Gereon Rath encounters the dark side of glamour and an industry in turmoil.
City On A Hill
Set in Boston in the early 90s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, in which corruption, tribalism and ‘taking it to the street’ was the norm, until it all suddenly changed. This is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle”. The change agent is District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with Jackie Rhodes (Kevin Bacon), a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown (Jonathan Tucker), (Mark O’Brien) and (James Michael Cummings) in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s citywide criminal justice system.
An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, The Undoing centres on Grace Sachs (Nicole Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Hugh Grant) and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
Big Little Lies (Series 2)
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern will all be reprising their roles for series two of the global hit.
Incoming: Autumn (TBC)
Escape At Dannemora
This eight-part series recounts the real-life, stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a statewide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who reportedly carried on months-long affairs with both men. It boasts an all-star cast: Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Lange and David Morse.
Tuesday 1st January, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
Gangs Of London
Film director Gareth Evans turns his attention to the small screen. Gangs Of London takes place in a version of modern London torn apart by international criminal organisations. Expect assassinations, intrigue, expertly choreographed fight scenes and full-muscled action. We’ll be sure to bring you more on this one as it arrives.
Incoming: Autumn/winter (TBC)
Riviera (Series 2)
In the show’s second season, while the Clios family contend with the devastation caused by Constantine’s death, Georgina’s focus is on getting away with murder. However, things become even more complicated with the introduction of the Elthams, an aristocratic English family with secrets of their own. Juliet Stevenson takes on the role of Lady Cassandra Eltham and is joined on the Riviera by her children, the impossibly stylish Daphne (Poppy Delevingne) and the brooding Nico (Jack Fox). Meanwhile, Georgina (Julia Stiles) is reunited with her charismatic uncle Jeff (Arnett) and we learn more about the troubled past she left behind in America. She also becomes entangled with the handsome and mysterious Noah (Grégory Fitoussi).
Agatha Raisin (Series 2)
Based on a series of mystery novels by Scottish author M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin stars Ashley Jensen as a public relations whizz burnt out on office politics. After retiring early to a quaint village in the Cotswolds, she soon finds a second career as an amateur detective investigating mischief, mayhem, and murder in her deceptively devious town. This second series premiered on Acorn TV in November, and it’ll likely come onto Sky early-ish in 2019.
Incoming: Spring (TBC)
Jay Hernandez stars as the charming paradise-based private eye in this fast-paced reboot of the cult 80s show Magnum is an American hero and ex-Navy SEAL who’s back from Afghanistan and about to channel his military skills into private investigation. He lives in a guest cottage on novelist Robin Masters’ fancy estate where he works as a security constituent to supplement his PI business. It’s there where disavowed MI6 agent Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks) works as major-domo, with her second job being to keep affable rogue Magnum in line. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand and aviators in the other, Magnum’s straight back on the case in episode one. Expect cool stunts and rapid car chases from the off because Justin Lin directs.
Incoming: Wednesday 16th January, 9pm, Sky One
Mindhunter (Series 2)
The winner of our Best Crime Drama Of The Year in 2017, Mindhunter is set to return in 2019 with Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv all reprising their roles. Heading to Southern Georgia, the second series of Mindhunter will focus on the infamous Atlanta child murders of the late 1970s and early 80s, which featured the relatively uncommon case of an African-American serial killer – in real life, Wayne Williams, who was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two adult men, but never convicted of the deaths of 23 murders of young children (though it’s unclear how close to the real events the show will hew). A certain Charles Manson will also feature.
Incoming: Autumn (TBC)
Ozark (Series 3)
Netflix has officially recommissioned the show, with Jason Bateman – its star, executive producer and frequent episode director – expected to return. The streaming giant has confirmed that another 10 episodes are on the way, but have not confirmed a release date.
Top Boy (Series 3)
Britain’s answer to The Wire, it’s hoped that series three will make it onto Netflix sometime this year. Ashley Walters is slated to return, and Drake is confirmed to helm. The third series picks up as Dushane (Walters) returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams with Sully (Kane “Kano” Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner, and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile — prison — comes to an end. Awaiting them both is Jamie, the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for Dushane and Sully.
Dark (Series 2)
The new series of this time-hopping German crime/horror mash-up will only have eight episodes this time around and is expected to introduce new characters, along with time levels placed in the past and future. Dark’s first season followed four families in the fictional German town Winden, as they investigated the disappearance of several children and a mystery that tied back to the same town in 1986, as well as a local nuclear power plant. A leaked script has confirmed that the opening scenes will take place in 1921… as well as 2020.
Stranger Things (Series 3)
Its crime element might have dissipated in series two to focus on the fantasy/horror stuff, but series three of Stranger Things will still be worth a watch.
Incoming: Summer (TBC)
Central Park 5
One of the most anticipated new crime dramas of 2019, Central Park 5 extends from 1989 when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park to 2014 when Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise saw their names finally cleared. Having been vilified by the likes of Donald Trump back in the late 80s and forced to spend years in jail each, the five sued New York City and settled for just over $40 million about four years ago. Before you take another breath, take into account that sum that works out to around $1 million for every year they collectively spent tossed behind bars for a terrible crime they never committed.
Too Old To Die Young
Miles Teller, Billy Baldwin and Jena Malone take the leads in the crime drama, from celebrated Danish director and auteur Nicolas Winding Refn. Too Old to Die Young follows “a grieving police officer who, along with the man who shot his partner, finds himself in an underworld filled with working-class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent from Mexico, Russian mafia captains and gangs of teen killers.”
From Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, this crime/fantasy mash-up will follow “mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city as tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population”. At the centre of the drama is the investigation into a string of unsolved murders, which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevinge and Indira Varma topline.
Bosch (Series 5)
Titus Welliver is to return as Bosch in this always-great adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels. Connelly has stated that series five will be based on his Two Kinds Of Truth book. In that book, a death row inmate accuses Harry of having framed him, while at the same time, Harry is working with the much smaller San Fernando Police Department on a double murder.
Incoming: Autumn (TBC)
Are You Sleeping
Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul, Ron Cephas Jones, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, and Haneefah Wood have all joined this intriguing-sounding series. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Barber and explores people’s obsession with true-crime stories and the recent boom in podcasts dedicated to probing unsolved and disputed cases. Spencer will play reporter Poppy Parnell, a reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan will play twin sisters Josie and Lanie. Paul will play convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.
Murdoch Mysteries (Series 12)
In the opening episode of the show’s 12th season, titled Murdoch Mystery Mansion, after being designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Murdoch and Ogden’s house is rocked by an explosion that claims a man’s life.
Monday 14th January, 9pm, Alibi
Frankie Drake Mysteries (Series 2)
The series is set in stylish 1920s Toronto, and follows female-only agency Drake Private Detectives, led by the eponymous Frankie Drake and her partner Trudy Clarke. Incorporating a brand of justice that doesn’t always follow the law, Frankie and Trudy investigate mysteries and crimes that either the police refuse to take on, or that their clients cannot take to the police at all. Against a backdrop of social change, radical politics and jazz music, the series is immersed in both the real Toronto of the 1920s and the world of mystery and suspense.
Tuesday 22nd January, 9pm, Alibi
From around the world (currently unattached to a UK broadcaster)…
I Am The Night
Chris Pine stars in this good-looking period piece. Fauna Hodel, who was given away by her teenage birth mother, begins to investigate the secrets to her past, following a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynaecologist connected to the legendary Black Dahlia murder.
USA Network (US)
Based on the brilliant novel by Megan Abbott, Dare Me is an unflinching exploration of volatile female friendships, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town. Peering behind the all-American façade, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends (Herizon Guardiola, Marlo Kelly) after a new coach (Willa Fitzgerald) arrives to bring their team to prominence.
Godfather Of Harlem
Godfather Of Harlem tells the “true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from 10 years in prison to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.” Forest Whittaker stars.
The Red Line
This thought-provoking series’ plot involves a white policeman (Noah Wyle) in Chicago who mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor. It follows three different families with connections to the case, and the story is told from each perspective.
Queens Of Mystery
This cosy crime series follows a perennially single female detective and her three aunts, who are well-known crime writers that help her solve whodunit style murders as well as set her up on blind dates. Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward and Olivia Vinall star.
The nerve-racking events of a cold winter’s day, seen from two different perspectives. The odd episodes tell the story of a team of police negotiators and special forces who respond to a hostage crisis in a small bank branch. The even episodes tell exactly the same events, only through the eyes of the criminals inside and their victims.
Incoming: 26th March
The eight-part series The Conductor is based on Camilla Grebe and Paul Leander Engtröm’s first novel in the ‘Moscow noir’ trilogy. The story is set in the murky waters of the financial world of post-communist Russia at the turn of the millennium. The thriller drama revolves around Tom Blixen, played by Adam Pålsson (Before We Die), a Swedish investment banker who believes he can handle corruption and power. But after a risky deal, he has to fight politicians, oligarchs, their violent defenders, as well as a different opponent: himself – as he is gradually confronted with ghosts from his past.
Incoming: 9th January
Executively produced by Sofia Helin, Heder is the name of a law firm headed by four female partners and long-time friends, on a mission to make the world a better place for women, victims of violence. Inexplicable and scary things start to happen to the hard-working lawyers, each contacted in a different way by an unknown person. Coarse sexual images are sent, the office is vandalised and it looks like the threats come from a powerful force from the criminal underworld. The firm takes on a case where a well-known and wealthy businessman has fallen off the balcony of a flat owned by a prostitute. The investigation on the case leads to something deeply unsettling.
Alex (Series 2)
In August, it was confirmed that six new episodes of the TV series with Dragomir Mrsic would be recorded during the fall and winter with the planned premiere in Viaplay in the spring of 2019. Helena af Sandeberg joins the cast.
C More/TV4 (Sweden)
Matias Verala will play Peder Rooth, the CEO of ST Bank, involved in irregular financial activities. Julia Ragnarsson is the young journalist Bea Farkas, investigating the bank’s murky activities, whose work will put a lot of people at great risk. The series is based on a book by investigative journalist Carolina Neurath, inspired by the true fall of HQ Bank in Sweden.
C More/TV4 (Sweden)
From Danish writer, Tobias Lindholm, this series is based on the real-life investigation and race against the clock to find Swedish journalist Kim Wall.
Incoming: Autumn/Winter (TBC)
Shadowplay centres on Max McLaughlin, an American cop who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Max’s goal is to take down “Englemacher” Gladow, the Capone of post-war Berlin. At the same time, he undertakes a secret crusade to find his missing brother, who is killing ex-Nazis in hiding. However, Max is unaware that he is being used as a pawn in what is the very beginning of the Cold War.
Viaplay (Nordic territories)
Based on Finnish Pekka Hiltunen ‘s series of books, this eight-part series sees two young Finnish women in London interconnected through the “Studio” – an underground organisation dedicated to creating a fairer society. As their struggle intensifies towards exploitation, violence, and the greed of large corporations, is the question of the well-intentioned studios being healed by the means?
After the success of series one, a second series of this Nordic Noir was swiftly recommissioned. It’s likely we’ll see it at the back end of the year.
Incoming: Winter (TBC)
In 1903 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a short story, “The Adventure of the Empty House,” where after faking his own death at the Reichenbach Falls, Sherlock Holmes travels to Scandinavia, on the run from nemesis Professor Moriarty. Under a false identity – an explorer named Sigerson – Holmes settles in dark and cold Lapland, in northern Finland, sparking a culture clash between the upper-class, fast-talking and eccentric Brit and the down-to-earth Nordic characters.
Follow The Money (Series 3)
The focal point of series three is money laundering and gang war. In Denmark, there have recently been gang-ups on Nørrebro, where the series has its starting point, while the one money laundering scandal after the other has taken headlines. The two things are closely related in many ways, and are an inseparable and current social dilemma – for what do you do with selling cannabis and its money cycle that do not disappear, regardless of the police’s long-standing efforts?
Incoming: 6th January
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Below The Surface (Series 2)
Kanal 5 (Denmark)
While no plot details have been released for the Danish hostage drama, star Johannes Lassen recently posted an image on instagram saying the filming had wrapped and we are to expect the second series sometime in 2019.
The eight-part drama is set in Tasmania and follows the story of an unorthodox and troubled police woman Molly McGee, who leads an investigation into the murder of an unidentified woman. Molly has to team up with Alex O’Connell, a man she hasn’t spoken to in 20 years. They discover that the murder has links to a cold case from the past.
Nine Network (Australia)
Starring Jessica Morais, Bad Mothers has the tagline: Some mothers are perfect with a beautiful home and the perfect family but sometimes behind that pristine picket fence, there’s a world of dirty … little … secrets. Four very different mother’s lives will collide. Outsiders in a storm of suspicion and danger and when this sisterhood comes together it’s murder.
Nine Network (Australia)
Set in 1985, the series will follow the exploits of Les Norton, a country bloke from outback Queensland. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. A classic fish out of water who’s desperate to get home, he soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality. It stars Rebel Wilson and David Wenham, and it might… might… just sneak into 2019.
A procedural drama created for television by Morwyn Brebner ( Saving Hope), based on the best-selling book series by M.R. Hall. The series follows Jenny Cooper, a former ER doctor and newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths. Suffering from anxiety and recently widowed with a teenage son, Jenny is a woman of action driven by an intense desire for the truth.
The Valhalla Murders
Icelandic born police profiler Arnar who lives in Denmark, is asked to go back to his native country to investigate the first serial killer case. He teams up with the local senior inspector Kata who resents his arrival, as she is the lead detective on the case. The murders don’t seem to have much in common until they connect it to a home for troubled boys dated back to the 1980s.
France 3 (France)
Due to health problems, Victoire Delorme, a teacher, comes to live with her husband Samuel and their two children in a small village in the south of France. At the end of the first day of school, an attractive forty-year-old challenges Victoire. The man is none other than Florent Maléval, the first love of Victoire. They are both married, but the flame they both believed to be extinguished is rekindled with a force beyond them. While they make the decision to separate from their spouses to live together, Marion, the wife of Florent, disappears suddenly … Faced with this situation, Victoire and Florent wish to keep their relationship secret. Where’s Marion? Was it murdered? how far would Victoire be willing to go for love? Look out for Witnesses’ Marie Dompnier in this one.
Les Ombres Rouge
1993. Five-year-old Clara Garnier. His kidnappers are demanding a huge amount of money for his release. The exchange of the ransom ends in a bloodbath: Clara’s mother is killed and the child is gone forever. The whole mystery and brutal conclusion causes huge trauma in the region and in his family, one of the most prominent in the Côte d’Azur region. 25 years later, Aurore Garnier (Nadia Farès), Clara’s older sister, is now a police officer. During an investigation, she discovers that Clara is still alive but lives under another identity without knowing her true origins. Aurore will do everything for Clara to find her family, but this unexpected return will trigger a series of violent events and bring to the surface family secrets that everyone thought were buried forever…