REVIEW: Vienna Blood (S1 E2/3)

After a sound but unspectacular start, Vienna Blood delves deeper into turn-of the-century madness and mayhem in The Queen of the Night – what psychological twists and turns await Oskar and Max this week? After Max’s impulsive proposal last week, events have moved quickly (it’s now 1907), and we next see him at his engagement party to Clara. Moody…

REVIEW: Craith (S2 E2/6)

You just know in Welsh crime dramas that the landscape will feature heavily, and so it does in this second series of Craith. Using the ancient mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog as its backdrop, there are certain shots that just take the breath away. One scene in particular in tonight’s episode had my bones aching…

Elizabeth Is Missing transmission date confirmed by writer

One of the shows we’re looking forward to very much is BBC One’s Elizabeth Is Missing. The good news is that it’s just around the corner. An intriguing-sounding mystery, it marks the return to television by legendary actress Glenda Jackson. The one-off drama combines a gripping mystery with a tender yet unflinching exploration of one…

David Tennant to star as Dennis Nilsen in ITV drama

ITV has announced the commission of Des, a three-part drama that will follow the arrest and trial of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, known as Des. Furthermore, the infamous killer is to be played by David Tennant. Written by Luke Neal, the drama is based on material from the book Killing For Company by Brian Masters,…

RÚV releases first trailer for The Valhalla Murders

One of the big new Nordic Noirs heading our way is The Valhalla Murders (Brot) from Iceland. Due to transmit in its native country at Christmas, we’re expecting this eight-part murder mystery on Netflix in early 2020. In the meantime, Icelandic state broadcaster RÚV has released this intriguing-looking trailer… The story centres on police profiler…

Kelly Macdonald to star in series six of Line Of Duty

Line Of Duty prides itself on outstanding lead guest stars throughout its five series. We’ve had the likes of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Jessica Raine, Daniel Mayes and, last year, Stephen Graham. Now we know who’s going to star in series six. Kelly Macdonal – currently starring in BBC Two’s Giri/Haji – is lined up…

Netflix ‘developing’ Chinatown origin series

Ask a decent sample size of what the best crime movie of all time is, and many people will say Chinatown. The movie, which was originally released in 1974, memorably starred Jack Nicholson as private investigator  Jake Gittes and Faye Dunaway, directed by Roman Polanski. Now we’re hearing that Netflix is developing an origin series,…

REVIEW: Vienna Blood (S1 E1/3)

If it’s turn of the century Vienna and there’s murder afoot, surely this must be the stamping ground of fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and real-life headshrinker Dr Sigmund Freud? Well, partly – Vienna Blood, based on the best-selling Liebermann novels by clinical psychologist Frank Tallis, in fact, recounts the adventures of an English doctor, Max Liebermann….

REVIEW: Craith (S2 E1/6)

One of the more gratifying trends in crime dramas has been the rise of Welsh Noir. Over the past five years, Welsh-language channel S4C has been at the forefront of this output, with series like Y Gwyll/Hinterland and Une Bore Mercher/Keeping Faith, both featuring the cream of the country’s acting and creative talent (as well…

Channel 4 releases first Deadwater Fell trailer

Any drama starring David Tennant is worth a watch, and Channel 4’s Deadwater Fell – which starts in early 2020 and stars Tennant – look like it’s well worth a look. The four-part series is set in the small fictional town of Kirkdarroch. When a seemingly perfect and happy family is murdered by someone they…