The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 7th – Sunday 13th January)

The rush of new stuff here in this week is typical, post-Christmas scheduling. And there’s a lot of new stuff this week – from the return of Vera, Silent Witness, Death In Paradise and Grantchester, to

1 Escape At Dannemora *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E2/8
Matt tries to convince fellow inmate Sweat that the reward of escaping from prison is worth the risk. Later, he begins to help Tilly with an inmate she doesn’t get along with.
Tuesday 8th January, 9pm, Sky Atlantic (or all episodes NOW TV)

S9 E1/4
DCI Vera Stanhope is called to the tragic scene of the murder of Joanne Caswell. Joanne’s body is found dumped on a landfill site. Dr Pathologist Malcolm Donahue (Paul Kaye) concludes that this has compromised any clear forensic links to the circumstances of her death.
Sunday 13th January, 8pm, ITV

S1 E2-3/3
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton briefs the team in preparation for Bellfield’s arrest, but when they raid his home they can’t find him. DS Griffiths persuades Bellfield’s frightened partner Laura Marsh to reveal that he is hiding in the loft. Finally they have Bellfield in custody, but the authorities can only hold him for 72 hours.
Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th January, 9pm, ITV

S22 E1&2/10
Nikki and the Lyell unit are called in to investigate an attack against a transgender man. Two further assaults are reported, one leaving a potential witness. 
Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th January, 9pm, BBC One

5 The Crimson Rivers *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 E1-8/8
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.
Friday 11th January, 9pm, More4 (all episodes on All4)

6 Black Lake (Series 2) *UK UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
S2 E5&6/8
Uno takes the group to visit a deserted cholera hospital on the other side of the island, and Minnie is certain that she is getting close to the truth.
Saturday 12th January, 9pm, BBC Four

7 Death In Paradise *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S8 E1/8
Four passengers board the bus to Honore, only for one of them to be killed by a knife to the chest. Yet when everyone else claims to have remained in their seats and seen nothing, Jack and his team are baffled by the mystery. Meanwhile, Florence is being unusually secretive – until she confesses to the DI that she has a new boyfriend.
Thursday 10th January, 9pm, BBC One

S4 E1/6
The year 1956 finds jazz-loving clergyman Sidney Chambers attending a talk by Reverend Nathaniel Todd, a member of the formative US civil rights movement. During the event, protestors disrupt the speech and release fireworks, causing the audience to panic. In the chaos, Todd’s son Charles is stabbed and killed by an unseen assailant. The murder sees racial tensions spike and Geordie Keating is called in to investigate. Things are further complicated when Sidney finds himself drawn to passionate young activist, and their tentative romance faces pressure from all sides. 
Friday 11th January, 9pm, ITV

S9 E3/22
The team join the jungle trail of a family man after kidnappers force him to parachute out of a plane.
Sunday 13th January, 9pm, Sky One

10 DCI Banks *REPEAT*
S1 E1/8
DCI Alan Banks investigates the most difficult case of his life when five girls go missing but only four bodies are found. Chief suspect Marcus Payne is in a coma, and ambitious DS Annie Cabbot from the Professional Standards department pursues Banks in an effort to find out why.
Tuesday 8th January, 10pm, ITV3


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