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…