REVIEW Showtrial (S1 E1/5)

And here comes another one. World Production – yes, the makers of Line Of Duty and Vigil – is back with another high-octane thriller, this centring around a grabby did-she-or-didn’t-she thriller. And what was interesting about this right off the bat was the way it was constructed. No lingering on the murder itself, no lingering…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 1st – Sunday 7th November)

Another big week in crime drama. We not only have Craith, Shetland and American Crime Story continuing, but we also have the new Adam Dalgliesh series on Channel 5, Swedish true-crime drama The Unlikely Murderer on Netflix and Close To Me – with Christopher Eccleston – on Channel 4. Oh, and series two of Temple,…

REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E7&8/8)

Before we go any further, you have to say Paris Police 1900 was a wholly surprising bolt from the blue. We got no fanfare, no prior warning… this eight-part series came from nowhere to become one of the best of the year, if not the best. It’s been an incredibly immersive and cinematic series, as…

REVIEW The Long Call (S1 E3&4/4)

I was planning to review every episode of The Long Call separately, but alas, time has been at a premium this week. The first thing to say is that this series got better as the episodes went by, culminating in something really quite profound, interesting and emotionally engaging. In fact, the deeper dimensions to this…

REVIEW The Long Call (S1 E2/4)

Rosa’s disappearance at the end of episode one gave urgency to Matthew and Jen, and soon they were able to determine that Walden and Rosa knew each other. Rosa’s mother had retrieved a necklace found in her bedroom and gave it to Venn. But who gave it to her? The chalet Walden used to meet…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E2/6)

Halfway through episode two of this new series of Shetland, Jimmy Perez looks exasperatedly at the witness board and bemoans the fact that they have a bunch of suspects that have no connection to each other. I knew the feeling. As good as it is to have Shetland back, I get the feeling that the…

NORDIC NOIR Karppi start date and trailer unveiled

One of our favourite Nordic Noirs, from Finland no less is Karppi (or Deadwind in English). It’s due to begin its third and final series this month, and now we have a trailer. In series three, Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala) and Sakari Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen) once again work together in chasing a brutal murderer, whose…

REVIEW The Long Call (S1 E1/4)

Ann Cleeves has had a long and distinguished writing career, and is already the creative brain behind the brilliant Vera and Shetland. Those two series featured the likes of Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – strong, idiosyncratic characters who wear their hearts on their sleeves, and are ultimately good people. They often solve crimes in…

BBC unveils first-look images for A Very British Scandal

The BBC has unveiled a batch of first-look images from the upcoming second series of A Very British Scandal. Starring the likes of Claire Foy, Paul Bettany and Julia Davis, it’s penned by Killing Times favourite, Sarah Phelps. This second series focuses on the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, one of the…

ITV confirms transmission date for The Tower

Yes, there’s another new crime drama coming on ITV. The channel is pumping them out left, right and centre at the moment (probably in order to clear the schedules for I’m A Celebrity), and The Tower is a three-part drama starring Gemma Whelan. It’s also being stripped across the week. Homeland screenwriter Patrick Harbinson has adapted…

Happy Valley coming back to BBC One in 2022 for third series

We’ve speculated for the past five years whether Happy Valley will return for a third series. It’s never been ruled out, but each year we include it in our previews in the hope this year will be the year. Now today, the BBC has confirmed that the Sally Wainwright-created series will be returning in 2022…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 25th – Sunday 31st October)

It’s choc-full at the moment in Crime Drama Land, with a couple of big hitters this week. Ann Cleeves’ latest adaptation, The Long Call, is stripped across the week on ITV, while the BBC’s newest Sunday-night offering is Show Trial. Look out also for Angel Of Death on Walter Presents, while we bid farewell for…