Sofia Helin releases image from Mystery Road

When The Bridge’s Sofia Helin was announced to guest star in series two of Australian crime drama, Mystery Road, it caught everyone by surprise. Now she has released an image of herself during the filming of the series. View this post on Instagram #mysteryroad @berlinbiennale @australia #broome A post shared by Sofia Helin (@actress_sofia_helin_) on…

Faroe Islands crime drama Trom to start shooting in August

Last year we brought you news about Trom, the first Faroese crime drama. Now there’s more news, with Variety reporting that it has been sold to ZDF/Arte will be co-producing the series. Furthermore, it’s set to start shooting in August. Trom is based on Jagvan Isaksen’s crime novels and penned Torfinnur Jákupsson, and follows journalist…

Martin Freeman to star in BBC police drama

Martin Freeman is set to star in new BBC Two police drama, The Responder. The six-part series will follow Chris (Freeman), an urgent response officer tackling a series of six night shifts on the beat in Liverpool. Whilst trying to save his marriage and keep his head above water as a police officer, Chris is…

BBC One orders thriller from Sex Education writer

Sex Education writer Alice Seabright is heading to BBC One with thriller Chloe. The six-part series is described as a thriller exploring obsession, identity, grief, and truth. Becky thinks Chloe has a perfect life. Years after Chloe abandoned her when they were teenagers, Becky still obsessively watches Chloe’s life through her picture-perfect social media. But…

REVIEW: Baghdad Central (S1 E3/6)

It’s been hectic again in the real world, so I’m taking the opportunity to catch up with this impactful and intelligent procedural set in Baghdad around the time of the second Gulf War in 2003. Muhsin Kadr al-Khafaji has entered the dragon’s lair and committed to help Temple, even though his real motive is to…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E5&6/10)

The Outsider continues to redefine the concept of slow-burning drama in these middle-season episodes, with a previously glacial pace drawn out ever further into almost somnambulistic territory.  Such a comatose narrative would normally wreck the viewer’s enjoyment of any other show, but here it strangely adds something tangible to the dream-like surrealism of proceedings. Not…

ITV commissions new thriller from Blood writer Sophie Petzal

ITV has commissioned a four-part thriller, Hollington Drive, from acclaimed screenwriter Sophie Petzal, who wrote Channel 5’s Blood. Hollington Drive focuses on the lives of two sisters, Theresa, and her older headteacher sibling, Helen. Both women appear close and their families enjoy spending time together.  We open on a warm, balmy evening, barbecue sizzling on…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S7 E3/3)

So is this the big one? Is this where we finally find out why the older Morse never spoke of his former boss Fred Thursday? Is this, in fact, the final scene of the opera, the one in which the tragic heroine dies and the hero’s heart is broken? All the signs point that way…

Sky Atlantic announces transmission date for series three of Babylon Berlin

Now here’s some news to cheer our winter hearts. Sky Atlantic has announced the transmission date for series three of Babylon Berlin, the terrific Berlin-based noir. Based on the bestselling detective novels of Volker Kutscher and arguably the most lavishly-produced non-English language television production ever, Babylon Berlin returns for its third chapter in the Weimer-era…

All4/Walter Presents confirms transmission date for series two of Before We Die

After the smash-hit first series, the hotly anticipated Swedish series Before We Die returns to All4/Walter Presents, starting off on Channel 4 first. We’ll get to see Hanna, Bjorn and Christian attempt to untangle themselves from life-threatening danger. But this is quicksand, and the more you struggle, the deeper you sink…  With Davor finally out…

Caliphate gets transmission date on Netflix

Swedish series Caliphate (Kalifat) is set to make its bow on Netflix in March. Aliette Opheim plays the lead role of Sapo agent Fatima in the series that revolves around five young women whose lives are intertwined in a story of religious fundamentalism. “Perhaps this is the most difficult and courageous TV series project that…