It’s a big week in crime drama land. Not only do we have David Tennant playing Dennis Nilsen in the much-anticipated Des, but we have the likes of Kit Harrington appearing in series two of Criminal. Look out for Sky’s genre-busting thriller, The Third Day, and Aussie Noir Mystery Road, which returns for a second series… with Sofia Helin as a recurring guest star. Enjoy!
1 Des *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
On 9 February 1983, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay is called to the leafy north London address of 23 Cranley Gardens, where he discovers the drains clogged with rotting human flesh and bones. But the extent of this grisly discovery only becomes apparent when the culprit returns from work. Dennis Nilsen, a meek man, freely admits to the police that it’s not just one or two bodies, but as many as 15 or 16. As the police try to secure a conviction and identify the victims from scant DNA evidence, biographer Brian Masters attempts to understand why. A game of chess with `Des’ begins, and while Brian may be exhilarated by his newest subject, he’s unaware what this new obsession could do to his life.
Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th September, 9pm, ITV
2 Criminal *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Netflix’s crime procedural takes place in a tense interrogation room, where the search for answers sometimes comes at a moral cost. The stripped-down, cat-and-mouse drama focuses on the mental conflict between the police and the suspect in question – and returns for four more cases with four new suspects.
Friday 16th September, Netflix
3 The Third Day *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Drama chronicling the individual journeys of a man and woman who arrive on a mysterious island at different times.
Tuesday 15th Spetember, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
4 Mystery Road *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
A decapitated corpse and drug-running bring taciturn detective Jay Swan to the remote, tight-lipped coastal community of Gideon.
Saturday 19th September, 9pm, BBC Four
5 23 Cases *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Tara finds herself kicked off the case for letting Rapp get away and Henry is appointed leader of the team over the heads of more senior members. Tara does not give Henry vital information as having helped Rapp get away she is determined to continue investigating the murders with his assistance.
Friday 18th September, 10pm, More4
6 Why Women Kill *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
Beth Ann makes a friend, while Simone and Karl try to keep up appearances. Taylor is forced to confront her feelings for Jade.
Friday 18th September, 9pm, Alibi
7 The Sounds *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
No synopsis available.
Monday 14th September, Acorn TV
8 Coroner *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
Jenny and Donovan race against the clock to confirm their suspicions before a dangerous suspect gets away.
Wednesday 16th September, 9pm, Sky Witness
9 Prodigal Son *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
As the NYPD starts the Junkyard Killer investigation, Malcolm realises the main suspect may have had a connection to his father, while Ainsley itches to be first on the case.
Tuesday 15th September, 9pm, Sky One
10 Vera *REPEAT*
The detective is drawn into Newcastle’s underworld to discover the identity of a murder victim found dead in the river, with no clue as to who he is apart from a distinctive drugs wrapper. She discovers the dead man had ties to some very dangerous people, many of whom may have wanted him dead, while a witness’s testimony links the case to a remote farm where a murder took place 13 years previously. The connection brings Kenny’s past back to haunt him, as he was responsible for seeing the perpetrator convicted.
Friday 18th September, 8.35pm, ITV