BBC One confirms The Capture transmission date

BBC One’s The Capture is a six-part thriller that looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services. In this ‘post-truth era’, can we really believe what we see?

Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Ben Miles, Ron Perlman and Famke Janssen topline the impressive cast.

Now we know when it’s going to transmit.

When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Turner) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned because of flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter. But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn and he must soon fight for his freedom once again.

With newly-promoted DI Rachel Carey (Grainger) drafted in to investigate Shaun’s case, she quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective. Should she trust Shaun Emery?

The Capture: Tuesday 3rd September, 9pm, BBC One


ITV confirms transmission date for A Confession

ITV’s next big series – based on a true crime story – has now got a transmission date.

A Confession 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.

The series also stars Imelda Staunton, Siobhan Finneran and Joe Absolom.

Should be good this one.

A Confession: Monday 2nd September, 9pm, ITV

BBC Four confirms transmission date for Darkness: Those Who Kill

While we’re waiting for series seven of Spiral, BBC Four has pulled a bit of a surprise with its next foreign-language drama for Saturday nights.

Darkness: Those Who Kill (Den som dræber) is a reboot of a Danish series from 2011, which followed a fictitious unit within Copenhagen Police that specialised in investigating serial murders.

Based on an original idea by Elsebeth Egholm, the first season originally aired as five two-part stories and concluded with the feature film Fortidens Skygge. However, season two is set to be a single, continuous crime story across eight episodes that delves into the darkest of human minds in a case described as a ‘whydunnit’ rather than a ‘whodunnit’.

The series follows a detective (Kenneth M. Christensen) and psychologist (Natalie Madueño) as they try to decipher and understand small yet crucial details in the hunt for a serial killer. However, the perpetrator’s mind and actions become increasingly desperate as the net closes in.

As ever BBC Four will play the series out with double bills.

Darkness: Those Who Kill: Saturday 31st August, 9pm, BBC Four


Midsomer Murders to air on Bank Holiday Monday

Yes, it’s Bank Holiday this weekend in the UK, which means three whole days of no work (if you’re lucky).

It also means that TV channels bring our specials and different episodes.

Unfortunately, due to ITV’s strange scheduling policy when it comes to that hardy perennial, Midsomer Murder, we only get episodes from time to time, seemingly at random.

And that means this Bank Holiday Monday.

The episode we’re getting this Monday is entitled ‘The Lions Of Causton’.

Ex-rugby player and businessman Mark Adler (Nicholas Goh) seems to have the whole world at his feet; he’s the owner of the successful Causton Lions rugby team and has his beautiful and successful wife Samantha (Tamzin Outhwaite) by his side. However, Mark is mysteriously found dead in a cryotherapy chamber, normally used by the players for their physio. Is it murder or suicide? DCI Barnaby and DS Winter are called in to investigate.

Barnaby and Winter are quick to learn that not everyone was Mark’s biggest fan. Guy Bevan (Julian Lewis Jones) – scorned former coach of the Lions, is in the midst of launching a very public campaign against Mark and his apparent ‘band of thugs’.

Mark’s best friend and head coach Bill Viner (Don Gilet) couldn’t paint a more different picture of the Lion’s hero. Bill had struggled with an alcohol problem for years after an injury prematurely ended his career, but attributes Mark’s belief in him as the main reason for his sobriety. When asked about the circumstances of his injury Bill admits he could have been targeted during the match, having recently come out as gay.

As our detectives get more embroiled in the case, with an increasing list of suspects, including; Guy, Samantha, troubled star player Danny Wickham (Richard Rankin) and Neville (Michael Maloney) the physio, they begin to realise all is not what it seems. But before they can get to the bottom of the case, Barnaby and Winter are thrown by the death of victim number two; drowned in a chocolate shop kitchen. How can murders at a small confectionary shop and a large sports club be connected?

Barnaby and Winter desperately try to find the link between the two deaths when they discover that two of the suspects have been harbouring a secret relationship with each other, which leads Barnaby to believe these murders could have been motivated by love, not hate. Following this new theory, Barnaby and Winter hone in on the killer, but can they get to them before it reaches an explosive end?

Can’t wait until then? Here’s a compilation of some of the ‘best’ deaths from the series someone helpfully posted on Twitter.

Midsomer Murders: Monday 26th August, 8.30pm, ITV