ITV names Cheat transmission dates

Like Liar before it, ITV loves a bit of psychological drama, especially an ‘event’ psychological drama stripped across a whole week. The channel’s latest – Cheat – is just around the corner, and will be stripped across several days. It stars Katherine Kelly and the award-winning Molly Windsor in a drama that focuses on the…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E3/6)

There are two things you can rely on when Shetland hits its mid-series mark. One, that Perez (and/or Tosh) will go on a little geographical sojourn (last year it was Norway), and two, Jimmy will transform from the mild-mannered, softly-burred, overcoated dreamboat to Angry Jimmy. Like clockwork, both of these things happened in this third,…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E8/8)

How many crime dramas can boast a two-time Oscar winner as their lead actor? It was probably an accidental convergence of schedules that saw True Detective air throughout the same period as awards season, but it can’t have harmed this season’s chances having somebody so high profile as Mahershala Ali in the driving seat. A…

REVIEW: 35 Awr (S1 E8/8)

Where to start with this series finale of 35 Awr? As ever, it’s always wise to go right back to the very beginning, and, in this case, that very first scene where we saw someone barricade themselves into their hotel room, a couple having sex in the shower, and a person on fire being filmed…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E3/4)

Between the shotgun killing of a sweet factory girl and the execution of her boss, it’s all murder and mayhem in the picture-postcard village of Chigton, and it’s going to take more than PC McGarry No 452 to sort it out. While this episode is clearly going to be stuffed with references to children’s stop-motion…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E2/6)

If the last season of Luther recently terrified people into avoiding buses, then this past week it seems the BBC did it’s job once again of scaring the general public about their everyday activities when Baptiste depicted a less than helpful gas engineer visiting a pensioner with a chainsaw in his toolbox. Viewers took to…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E3&4/10)

We left episodes one and two – a strong start to this excellent Icelandic series – with both Ketill and Torfi under arrest, the latter suspected of killing Finnur, in the little police station. Skúli, meanwhile, was on the run in the mountains with all that the police could muster on his tail and surely…

Sagafilm to adapt Óskar Guðmundsson’s Hilma

Icelandic production company, Sagafilm, has announced that it has secured the rights to Óskar Guðmundsson’s novel, Hilma. The production company has been behind recent hits such as Stella Blómkvist, Case and the recent The Flatey Enigma. “When I read Hilma by Óskar Guðmundsson, I found the story immediately as a television series. We are very pleased…

The Killing Times Podcast, episode nine: 35 Awr’s Fflur Dafydd

Episode nine of our podcasts features 35 Awr’s Fflur Dafydd. A novelist, teacher and screenwriter, Fflur is the person behind S4C’s 35 Awr – a twisty-turny, Welsh-language thriller based around 12 jurors and the murder case they have to grapple with. Add jurors each with their own agenda (and secrets if their own), it’s an…