The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th December)

It’s hard to believe but we’re now into December, with the end-of-year lists in our sights. There’s some new stuff to look forward to this week, including the BBC One one-off Elizabeth Is Missing, with Glenda Jackson, and series two of Alex. We also say goodbye to the remarkable Giri//Haji and Vienna Blood. Enjoy!

1 Craith *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S2 E4/6
DCI Cadi John has to release Karl Lewis because of a lack of evidence. Mia, Connor and Lee cause trouble for Hefin, Beca and Sion at the petrol station.
Sunday 8th December, 9pm, S4C

2 Giri/Haji *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
S1 E8/8
Jiro kidnaps Taki and threatens to throw her from a rooftop, so Yuto and Kenzo race across London to confront the yakuza – but the Mori brothers must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to save the girl’s life. A dejected Rodney tries to seek solace by returning to his childhood home, where his mother seems pleased to see him, while Hayashi visits Fukuhara and convinces him to attend the peace meeting between yakuza families.
Thursday 5th December, 9pm, BBC Two

3 Elizabeth Is Missing *NEW UK PREMIERE ONE-OFF*
S1 E1/1
When 80-year-old Maud’s best friend Elizabeth fails to turn up for a shopping trip, she is certain that something terrible has happened. Despite living with dementia, she decides to turn detective and sets about trying to solve the mystery, but with her condition it’s not always easy to hold on to the clues.
Sunday 8th December, 9pm, BBC One

3 Vienna Blood *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
S1 E3/3
As Max tells his family that Clara has broken off their engagement, the Liebermanns are shocked by an act of violence committed by Leah’s son Daniel. When bruises are found on the boy’s body, Max persuades Oskar that the military academy his nephew attends should be investigated. The learn that one of the pupils died in an accident 10 days previously and when Max finds a coded note in Daniel’s things he begins to suspect some sinister goings on at the academy. 
Monday 2nd December, 9pm, BBC Two

5 The Name Of The Rose *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E7/8
Salvatore is returned to the abbey with the Occitan girl, who is accused of witchcraft by Bernard Gui. Salvatore is tortured and confesses to Bernardo that he witnessed Remigio kill a bishop when they were both followers of the heretic Dolcino. Remigio at last confesses to being a follower of Dolcino and of still believing in the doctrine of poverty. William and the Franciscans are alarmed at the confession and of Bernard Gui linking the heretical teachings of Dolcino to their own vows of poverty.
Friday 6th December, 9pm, BBC Two

6 The Team *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S2 E6/8
In Hamburg, the team members find the man who attacked Paula as he talks to a Syrian woman they think they recognise on surveillance video. Umut Calik crosses into Austria and is shadowed by a special unit. In Graz, he meets with a henchman sent by gallery owners Lucy and Tebos Meyer, intending to hand over the Syrian antiquities. The observation team in Belgium reports that the captain of Karim’s Caliphate Union unit has shown up, confirming their suspicion that an attack on European soil is imminent. 
Friday 6th December, 9pm, More4

7 The Sinner *NEW TERRESTRIAL TV PREMIERE EPISODES*
S2 E5&6/8
Harry is concerned that he has no memory of checking himself into the Rockford Motel, while Benji enters a plea of not guilty at Julian’s arraignment. Vera asks Harry to act as a defence witness, causing a rift between him and Heather.
Saturday 7th December, 9.10pm, BBC4

8 Alex *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S2 E1/6
While in a maximum-security prison, Frida Kanto of the Organised Crime squad asks inmate Alex Leko to be an informant.
Sunday 8th December, 12.05pm, Channel 4 (and all episodes on All4)

9 Trapped *REPEAT*
S2 E7/10
In the aftermath of another killing at the plant, Vikingur is arrested when he is found covered in blood and with his fingerprints on the murder weapon. Meanwhile, Asgeir has agreed to investigate the mystery of the dead animals Ketill has been finding up at the lake.
Friday 6th December, 10pm, BBC Alba

10 The Mallorca Files *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES* *LAST IN SERIES*
S1 E6-10/10
A German is found dead in a swimming pool during his stag party and Max and Miranda investigate whether it is a robbery gone wrong or was linked to his impending nuptials.
Monday 2nd – Friday 6th December, 2.15pm, BBC One

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom says:

    Surprised you’re not reviewing The Sinner. Really enjoying it.It’s not too late.

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    1. Paul Hirons says:

      We did (remember, the BBC Four showing is a repeat). https://thekillingtimestv.wordpress.com/category/the-sinner/

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      1. Tom says:

        Thank you.

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  2. David says:

    Wasn’t Midsomer Murders Season 21 starting up on Acorn TV this week?

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    1. Paul Hirons says:

      No idea. We don’t get Acorn TV here in the UK

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