Well, here go for the new season and it’s a packed week in crime drama land. There’s the period whaling epic The North Water with Colin Farrell and Stephen Graham, Silent Witness is back for its 457th series, and old favourite Endeavour returns. Look out for Sky Max’s Wolfe, too. Enjoy!
1 Vigil *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Amy confronts one of the crew with her discoveries about their deception, but with her mental health suffering, questions are asked about her fitness to investigate. On land, Kirsten refuses to bow to pressure from the authorities and has concerns that they are orchestrating a cover up. As she closes in on the killer, their capture reveals the grave threat that the vessel faces.
Sunday 12th September, 9pm, BBC One
2 The North Water *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
In Hull in 1859, cashiered Irish army surgeon Patrick Sumner boards the whaling ship Volunteer as its surgeon. Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, he finds himself on an ill-fated journey to the arctic in the company of a murderous psychopath.
Friday 19th September, 9pm, BBC Two
3 Endeavour *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
It’s the start of 1971 – though wearied from the events of the past year, there’s no chance of ‘light duties’ at the CID. Crestfallen and rarely without a scotch in hand, Endeavour finds himself right back in the thick of it when an explosive murder at an Oxford college has potentially far-reaching political ramifications. Meanwhile, the IRA have made a threat against the life of the Oxford Wanderers’ star striker, and Endeavour is tasked with the duty of acting bodyguard.
Sunday 12th September, 8pm, ITV
4 The Hunt For A Killer *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
Pelle is convinced the killing of Jannica Ekblad is connected to the earlier unsolved murder of Helén Nilsson, but bureaucratic red tape frustrates his research.
Saturday 11th September, 9pm, BBC Four
5 Silent Witness *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Nikki deals with disturbing memories when she and Jack visit a high-security prison to investigate the suspicious death of an inmate. The victim’s cellmate turns out to be the student responsible for a mass shooting she witnessed 10 years earlier. Nikki becomes increasingly convinced that Scott is their prime suspect, but Jack worries she is not following the evidence.
Monday 6th September, 9pm, BBC One
6 Stephen *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
DCI Driscoll tries to win the trust of the Lawrence family and key witnesses, while after a forensic breakthrough, the team needs to prove the integrity of the evidence before they can make arrests.
Monday 6th August, 9pm, ITV
7 Annika *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The team are called in when writer Cara Gibson is found dead under a bridge. Her books ruined careers and left a lot of lives in tatters, but which of these people would be driven to murder?
Tuesday 7th September, 9pm, Alibi
8 The Crimson Rivers *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
A woman is found dead in the steam room of Clinagen, a very exclusive spa which she visits yearly. She looks 20 years younger than she is. After speaking to the unhelpful director of the spa, investigations take Niemans and Delaunay to the next village, but before they have a real grasp of the case, another Clinagen client is found dead.
Friday 10th September, 9pm, More4
9 Wolfe *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Professor Wolfe Kinteh is a forensic scientist who is the north of England’s finest crime-scene expert. Wolfe and his team are called to a meat processing plant where a worker has been ripped to pieces by one of the deboning machines. They uncover a web of connections that leave them questioning whether the incident was an accident at all.
Friday 10th September, 9pm, Sky Max
10 Grantchester *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
When a baptism service is disrupted by a man claiming he’s the rightful father of the child, and not the smiling parents around the font, Will and Geordie find themselves drawn into a complicated family dispute which seems to be connected to the murder of Joan Beaumont, the head of a local adoption agency. With both sets of parents having reasons to want Joan silenced, are any of them responsible for her death? Meanwhile at the vicarage, a sinister blackmail letter arrives for Leonard, forcing Will to visit his own difficult family in the hopes of raising the money to pay the demand. But when his newly-arrived-in-town step-sister Tamara jeopardises Will’s chances with step-dad St John, Leonard decides to take matters into his own hands.
Friday 10th September, 9pm, ITV