REVIEW Fargo (S4 E4/11)

“Goodness, your mind’s a clutter of grievances” Oreatta Mayflower’s comic comment after another eye-opening and perversely hilarious sex scene with Josto Fadda in this episode serves is as oddly funny a scene as you’re likely to see. Both clothed, she has her hands clasped around his neck and she straddles him. There’s something primal, sadistic…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 31st May – Sunday 6th June)

And just like that we’re into June. We say goodbye to the brilliant Mare Of Easttown, The Pact and, elsewhere, Rocco Schiavone, but there’s also a host of new stuff on this week. Jimmy McGovern’s Time (with Stephen Graham and Sean Bean) while BritBox continue its foray into original dramas with the English-language version of…

REVIEW Blinded: Those Who Kill (S2 E7&8/8)

This Danish series has improved upon its first series, of that there is little doubt. Characters have been better drawn, with more depth; and the story has been an intriguing one. However, it hasn’t been perfect, with several infuriating elements and plot-points to contend with. And tonight, in its final two episodes, it stumbled yet…

REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E6/7)

It’s a rare these days that we call a show ‘appointment TV’ – oftentimes it can’t be defined what even makes a series so moreish that you look forward to each new episode. Well, Mare of Easttown is pretty much the closest we’ve got to that phenomenon this year. Sure, it’s not perfect – but…

REVIEW Fargo (S4 E3/11)

Two episodes in on series four of Fargo and there’s a real sense it’s shaping up to be the most uneven of the bunch. Darker tonal shifts have sat uncomfortably with some of the more typical, off-kilter Fargo moments in the first two episodes, but at the end of episode three I was breathing a…

Hugh Laurie to adapt Agatha Christie for BritBox

Hugh Laurie is to adapt Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? for BritBox in the US, although the hope is that it will also be shown in the UK. The legendary actor and comedy actor is said to have been in love with 1934 book since childhood. It tells the story of Bobby Jones and his…

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

It’s an extremely busy week in crime drama land this week. New series of City On The Hill, Welsh drama Yr Amgueddfa and Whistable Pearl and The Beast Must Die mean we shan’t be leaving the house for a while. In fact, there’s so much on, we’ve provided a few bonus choices, too! 1 Mare…

REVIEW Blinded: Those Who Kill (S2 E5&6/8)

At the end of episode four of Blinded: Those Who Kill, Alice Ejbye was murdered by Peter Vinge. Or at least it looked that way. Terminally-ill Alice didn’t have long left so she thought she’d take matters into her own hands and try to draw her son’s killer out from the shadows to deliver the…

ITV to adapt Graham Norton’s Holding for television

ITV is to adapt Graham Norton’s novel, Holding, for television. The four-part series will star Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Dublin Murders, Vienna Blood) who will take the leading role of local police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins, a gentle mountain of a man, who hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and…

BBC releases first-look image from Martin Freeman drama The Responder

The BBC is on fire at the moment. (Not literally, before you dial 999.) The corporation has released information for a barrage of new dramas (some crime dramas) during the past couple of days. Now we’re hearing news of another one. It has released a first-look image for Martin Freeman drama, The Responder. Freeman stars…

Alibi announces transmission date for Smother

UKTV crime drama channel, Alibi, has announced the acquisition of Irish drama, Smother. Furthermore, it has also confirmed its transmission date. The six-episode series is set in a small town on the wild and rugged coast of County Clare, Val Ahern (Dervla Kirwan), a devoted mother is determined to protect her family and particularly her…

BBC announces The Gallows Pole, adapted by Shane Meadows

Now here’s something to get excited about. Benjamin Myers’ celebrated period novel, The Gallows Pole, is to be adapted for television by Shane Meadows, one of the most critically acclaimed film makers in the UK. Set against the backdrop of the coming industrial revolution in eighteenth century Yorkshire, the compelling drama follows the enigmatic David…