Alibi orders first scripted drama from idea by Val McDermid

UKTV channel Alibi is famous for the cosier, more humour-filled side of crime dramas (think Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Castle et al). Now the channel is dipping its two in the original drama series ocean and has ordered a brand new series from RED Productions, the people who make Happy Valley, among others.

Traces is based on an original idea by best-selling, multi-award-winning crime writer Val McDermid (pictured), which, frankly, is good enough for us.

The series – written by actress and writer, Amelia Bullmore – is a suspense-filled crime thriller told from a fresh point of view, where forensic science takes centre stage.  Set in Scotland and exploring the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, Traces centres on three very different female characters – Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance – who use forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.

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BBC America releases series two trailer for Killing Eve

Killing Eve became a huge global success last year, thanks to airing on both BBC America and BBC One. It helped that there was a terrific script by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and two outstanding central performances from Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh.

We knew that that series two was going to drop in the US on 7th April, and now the PR machine has begun to whirr into action. Here’s the first trailer:

We’re told that Nina Sosanya and Julian Barratt are joining the cast for series two, but for now this looks as though it’ll carry on as series one left off – lots of obsession, psycho-sexual interplay and pan-global storylines.