Top Boy on Netflix: Season 3 confirmed

One of the best British dramas of the past decade – Top Boy – has been recomissioned for a third and final season.

Netflix released a trailer today (Thursday 31st March) that the London-based gangland odyssey will be back on our screens next year, with the third series shooting in the capital this summer.

No more news about the show has been released, but the recently released second series was a huge hit on Netflix.

More news as we get it.


The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 28th March – Sunday 3rd April)

We say goodbye to Peaky Blinders this week with the final ever episode, but also give a warm welcome to Slow Horses – the Gary Oldman-starring adaptation of Mick Heron’s award-winning spy-novel-with-a-difference on Apple TV+. Enjoy!


The adaptation of the award-winning novel from Mick Herron, Slow Horses follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes. Led by their brilliant but irascible leader, the notorious Jackson Lamb.
From Friday 1st April, Apple TV+

S3 E3/6

Under cover of darkness, Cadi and Vaughan bring Piotr Korecki in for questioning, showing him incriminating CCTV footage. But will he talk? The DCI realises she has made a mess of her personal life, while a farewell to the island house turns into a sombre occasion.
Saturday 2nd April, 9pm, BBC Four

S6 E6/6

1933 brings both opportunities and dangers to the Peaky Blinders. As the clouds of the coming storm gather, Tommy is beset by demons old and new, and must face the consequences of his experiences and his actions to deal with a world on the road to war. 
Sunday 3rd April, 9pm, BBC One

S1 E5/6

Harry is handed over to the Chinese military and subject to a bewildering regime of mental torture, while Chico and Alice are suspicious of gaps in Lavotchkin’s personal history. Dalby’s rekindled love for the doctor takes its toll on his judgement at work and his composure at home where he can no longer bear to live in a joyless marriage. General Cathcart is dismayed by the cancellation of the neutron bomb project and invites Maddox to join a plan that will correct these errors of national direction.
Sunday 3rd April, 9pm, ITV

5 The Crimson Rivers *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Detectives Pierre Niemans and Camille Delaunay head to the one of the worst prisons in the system, having received a call from scared felon Marek Volsinc. By the time they arrive, Marek has been seriously injured and his friend Ivan is dead. 
Friday 1st April, 9pm, More4

S1 E3/4

A month has passed and with no new leads the case has fallen dormant and the villagers try to put the terrible events behind them. PJ is left harbouring doubts about what really happened and when a new discovery reignites the case, he is forced to confront everything he has learnt so far.
Monday 28th March, 9pm, ITV

S4 E5/8

Carolyn tracks down a leading member of the Twelve, while Eve delves into the past of her target and unearths a few secrets. Villanelle embraces killing again, first trying to do it altruistically before deciding to kill those who oppressed her.
Saturday 2nd April, 9.15pm, BBC One

S7 E4/6

A member of Will’s own congregation is found murdered just before a church fundraising event. It becomes clear that the victim, Neil Hughes, was not quite the upstanding member of the community Will believed him to have been. And secrets emerge that make Will question how well he really knows any of his parishioners.
Friday 1st April, 9pm, ITV

9 Sister Boniface Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E4/6

Sister Reginald’s ex-con brother Alfie shows up at the convent. The sisters agree to let him stay, but when an artist is found murdered, all eyes are on Alfie.
Friday 1st April, 9pm, Drama

10 Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S15 E10/12

Murdoch believes that the murder of a nasty satirical cartoonist has links to city politics.
Thursday 31st March, 9pm, Alibi

Walter Presents brings back The Hunter for season 2

Italian Mafia drama The Hunter is coming back to the UK for a second season.

Thanks to the Walter Presents brand, the series will from mid-April.

Life is getting back on track for top mafia prosecutor Saverio Barone (Francesco Montanari) – he has finally settled down and is about to marry Giada. But on the day of the wedding, Mafiosi boss Bagarella’s driver decides to spill the beans; Saverio now knows the location of top dog Giovanni Brusca’s hideout. Not able to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Saverio and the police organise a raid on Brusca’s villa. However, they must take more care than usual as one mistake could cost the young boy Giuseppe Di Matteo, held captive by Brusca, his life. Thus begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse chase that Saverio is willing to risk everything to win…

The Hunter (S2): From Friday 15th April, All4

NORDIC NOIR Hans Rosenfeldt to adapt his own novel Cry Wolf

Hans Rosenfeldt – creator of The Bridge – is to adapt his own novel, Cry Wolf (Vargasommar), for television.

Rosenfeldt will, according to Expressen, team up with Bridge co-writer Camilla Ahlgren for the project. It marks the first time the pair has worked together since The Bridge.

The action takes place in Haparanda, on the border between Sweden and Finland.

When human remains are found in the stomach of a dead wolf, policewoman Hannah Wester knows that this summer won’t be like any other. The remains can soon be linked to a bloody drug deal across the border in Finland. But how did the victim end up in the woods outside of Haparanda? And where have the drugs and money gone?

Hannah and her colleagues leave no stone unturned. But time is scarce and they aren’t the only ones looking. When the secretive and deadly Katja shows up, unexpected and brutal events start to pile up. In just a few days, life in Haparanda is turned upside down. Not least for Hannah, who is finally forced to confront her own past.

Rosenfeldt says about the adaptation: “I am convinced that we can create a crime story with its own appeal, where the excitement does not lie in who did what, but more in a cat and mouse game and how our characters will survive and be able to live on with the decisions they make.”


True Detective season 4 ‘in the works’ at HBO

One of the landmark crime series of the last decade or so, True Detective has been a huge global hit since its debut in 2014.

Now we’re hearing that a fourth series is in the works at home US broadcaster, HBO, and without its original creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto.

The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has “recruited Issa Lopez (Tigers Are Not Afraid, Secondary Effects) to pen a script for a new cycle that has been dubbed True Detective: Night Country. Additionally, Barry Jenkins is attached to exec produce the anthology.”

No more news is yet available.

The series has, over three series, attracted some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In series one, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey starred, with Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams appearing in series two. Then, in series three, Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff took centre stage.


The BBC commissions four BIG crime dramas for second series

The BBC has recommissioned four of its biggest crime dramas from 2021 and early 2022 for second series.

The Tourist, The Responder, Vigil and Time are all getting second runs.

Vigil and Time – starring Suranne Jones and Sean Bean and Stephen Graham respectively – appeared first in early 2021 and went on to garner both high viewing figures and critical acclaim aplenty (indeed, we voted harrowing prison drama Time the third best crime drama of the year). Both The Tourist – starring Jamie Dornan – and Martin Freeman’s The Responder debuted earlier this year.

Little is known yet about each series’ production schedule, but the BBC says that each will run for the same duration their first series – Vigil for six episodes, Time for three, The Tourist for six and The Responder for five.

More news as we get it.