REVIEW Inside Man (S1 E2/4)

It seems the first episode of Inside Man really divided viewers last night. Some loved it, and thought it was fresh and invigorating; some thought it was just plainly ridiculous and couldn’t buy some of the more fantastical and head-scratching elements of the plot. Why, for instance, did priest Harry Watling (David Tennant) so readily…

REVIEW Inside Man (S1 E1/4)

Inside Man has been hanging around for a little while now, which, in TV terms, is never normally a good thing. It points to channels not quite knowing what to do with a show, not quite sure where to put it and raises questions about the actual overall quality of it. All of these things…

REVIEW Karen Pirie (S1 E1/3)

Critics are making a lot of the fact that unlike most of the current crop of TV detectives – Professor T, Van Der Valk, Ridley, for instance – DS Karen Pirie is, wow, a female. But is there more to Val McDermid’s character than her chromosomes? Written in 2003, the first of six Karen Pirie…

REVIEW Bloodlands (S2 E2/6)

Consider Bloodlands: it’s about a cop who just happened to be an assassin, and who, whenever a case is linked to his alter ego, gets right to it and tries to throw the police – ie his team – off the scent. Yes, there’s a central mystery to solve, but really this is a cat-and-mouse…

NORDIC NOIR Viaplay announces psychological thriller Veronika

Alexandra Rapaport and Tobias Santelmann (who we remember from Those Who Kill) will headline the Viaplay Original Veronika, an innovative psychological thriller with supernatural elements. Set to premiere on Viaplay in late 2023, the eight-part series is created and scripted by Gåsmamman’s Katja Juras and Anna Lindblom. Veronika Gren (Rapaport) is an introverted police officer…

Gangs Of London season 2: Sky reveals transmission date

Sky has revealed the transmission date for series two of Gangs Of London. The gritty, violent gangland drama returns to screens in the UK in October. One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of series one, the map and soul of London has been redrawn. The surviving Wallaces are scattered,…

Christopher Eccleston joins season 4 of True Detective

Beloved British actor Christopher Eccleston has signed up for the fourth series of True Detective. The critically-acclaimed HBO show is coming back for a fourth run, subtitled Night Country and starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis. It’s set in Ennis, Alaska, where six men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace….

The Butcher And The The Wren set for TV adaptation

Crime novel The Butcher And The The Wren is set for a TV adaptation. Written by true crime podcast host Alaina Urquhart, it’s set in the Louisiana bayou where a methodical killer with a penchant for medical experimentation is hard at work completing his most harrowing crime yet, taunting the authorities who desperately try to…

REVIEW Bloodlands (S2 E1/6)

Last year’s Bloodlands promised much but instead delivered a flawed thriller with more holes than a golf course. So when news came it was recommissioned for a second series, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. Still, we’re here for series two and so is James Nesbitt, who reprises his role as DCI Tom Brannick,…