REVIEW Strike: Lethal White (S4 E2/4)

The second instalment of this undemanding adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series continued tonight. After a lukewarm start, we’re getting another episode straight off the bat (perhaps because it’s a Bank Holiday), and the good news is that the intrigue deepened. As I mentioned in yesterday’s review, there’s nothing especially wrong with Strike –…

REVIEW Strike: Lethal White (S4 E1/4)

This fourth instalment of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series (yes, it’s JK Rowling in disguise) is a welcome tonic, not least because we’re getting some actual new primetime drama on our main channels once again. And it’s also good news because, despite its flaws and cliches, you just can’t beat settling down on a Sunday…

ITV confirms Vera renewed for an 11th series and adds episodes

ITV has confirmed Brenda Blethyn will return to the role of DCI Vera Stanhope for six new feature-length episodes set against the backdrop of the North East. It’s the first time the series will feature six episodes in a run. Two of the six episodes will go into production this autumn until Christmas for broadcast…

Swedish transmission date announced for The Investigation

One of the shows we’re looking forward to in the near future is The Investigation, which follows the complex investigation carried out by Jens Møller, the Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, surrounding the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Søren Malling leads the cast as Møller, alongside Pilou Asbæk as the prosecutor Jakob…

Channel 4 announces true-crime adaptation My Name Is Lizzie

Channel 4 has commissioned the four-part My Name is Lizzie (w/t), which examines the high-pressure investigation into the murder of Rachel Nickell (pictured) in 1992. Examining the complicated and toxic sexual politics of the early 1990s and the police’s obsession with the wrong man, My Name is Lizzie enters a dysfunctional world, where a female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie…

ITV announces new stakeout drama Viewpoint

Noel Clarke has been announced as the lead in a new ITV crime series called Viewpoint. Based on an idea by Fleabag and Emmy award-winning director, Harry Bradbeer and co-created and written by Edgar award-winner Ed Whitmore, the five-part drama follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester community and explores whether…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 24th – Sunday 30th August)

It’s a fairly quiet week in crime drama land, with the concept of rolling out classic repeats of favourites still happening (hello ITV, every weeknight this week!). This is one big, new thing though – Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger return in a new Strike story. Enjoy! 1 Strike: Lethal White *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*S4…

ITV releases first trailer for Des starring David Tennant

ITV’s Des is one of the most eagerly-anticipated crime dramas of the year. David Tennant stars as notorious 1980s serial killer Dennis Nilson, and we’ve seen plenty of images of him in full uncanny Nilson guise. But we haven’t seen a trailer. Until now. Told through the prism of three men – Dennis Nilsen (Tennant),…