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

This week we say goodbye to Black Bird on Apple* TV but also hello to a few things. New Zealand drama The Bain Family Murders dramatises one of the country’s most notorious true crimes, while Dutch/British Sunday nighter, Van Der Valk, is (finally) back for a second series. Also, look out for series two of Brazilian crime drama Good Morning, Verônica on Netflix. Enjoy!

1 Black Bird *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
S1 E6/6

Jimmy reaches his breaking point. Larry becomes suspicious. McCauley and Miller talk to an important person in Larry’s life.
Friday 5th August, Apple+ TV

2 The Bain Family Murders *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 E1&2/5

Drama that delves into one of New Zealand’s most controversial criminal cases, when five members of the Bain family were found dead in their suburban Dunedin home in 1994. It remains one of the country’s most controversial cases, and the atrocity captured a nation and, in this opening episode, Dunedin police respond to a distressed call. Margaret and Robin’s marriage is in trouble, while David tries hard to please his mother.
Friday 5th August, 9pm, More4

3 Van Der Valk *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S2 E1/3

The Dutch detective is called in to investigate the gruesome murder of Susie de Windt, a solicitor whose mutilated body was discovered strung up on a windfarm with an `X” carved into her stomach and a cryptic note inside her coat. He discovers that days previously, she had won a case on behalf of the city to evict a group of artist squatters, and the windfarm where her body was discovered was where they were due to be relocated.
Sunday 7th August, 8pm, ITV

4 Good Morning, Verônica *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S2
While hunting for a dating-site predator, an underused cop discovers a husband and wife with a horrific secret.
From Wednesday 3rd August, Netflix

5 Surface *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E4/8

Synopsis unavailable.
Friday 5th August, Apple+ TV

6 Blocco 181 *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S1 E7/8

Chaos envelops Block 181 as Victor is banned from the Misa, Isa resorts to self-harm and Ricardo, having escaped a murder attempt, partners with Lorenzo. 
Tuesday 2nd August, 10.05pm, Sky Atlantic

7 Snowfall *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
S5 E7&8/10

Jerome tries to track down Peaches, and the Saints crew disagree on what to do next.
Tuesday 2nd August, 10.30pm, BBC Three

8 Murdoch Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S15 E18/24

Murdoch investigates when a Japanese spy is found dead in a Korean-family’s cellar.
Thursday 4th August, 9pm, Alibi

9 Big Sky *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S2 E17/18

A concerned Jenny searches for Travis. Scarlett makes an unexpected phone call that could change the course of more than one life. Tensions rise at the Bhullar ranch when Jag finds out the truth about his father.
Wednesday 3rd August, Disney Plus

10 Endeavour *REPEAT*
S2 E2/4

As England and Argentina kick off in the World Cup quarter-final, Oxford’s streets are deserted. At an almost empty museum, Adrian Weiss, a specialist in heraldry and genealogy, is found dead – slain by a ceremonial dagger with links to 19th-century India. An entry in the visitors’ book leads Morse to a girls’ boarding school, where a note reading `Save Me” is mysteriously slipped into his coat pocket. Digging into the building’s troubled history, he finds a connection between Weiss’s untimely fate and a series of unsolved murders that occurred on the school’s grounds almost 100 years earlier. 
Monday 1st August, 8pm, ITV3


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