REVIEW Karen Pirie (S1 E2/3)

DS Karen Pirie’s investigation into the cold case death of St Andrews barmaid Rosie Duff is derailed by the murder of one of her chief suspects – but has the original police investigation been compromised to cover up some unpleasant facts? So far, this adaptation of Val Dermid’s novel The Distant Echo has proceeded on…

REVIEW Bloodlands (S2 E3/6)

So far in this uneven series, we know that DCI Tom Brannick (aka assassin, Goliath) stole some gold back in the 1990s, and now the accountant he’d asked to move it on – Colin Foyle – is dead. We didn’t really know where the gold was from or who it was intended for, up until…

NORDIC NOIR BBC Four confirms Wisting season 2

Viewers of BBC Four’s current Saturday-night German series KaDaWe last night (Saturday 1st October) got a nice surprise at the end of the episodes – a new trailer for Wisting season two was shown. This confirms the channel’s acquisition of the show’s second series. It as always likely but now we have confirmation. In series…

Maxine: Channel 5 announces transmission date for controversial series

The Soham Murders were on the UK’s most talked-about true crime stories of the past 25 years, and the case horrified the nation. We know that Channel 5 had made a series about Maxine Carr, the girlfriend of Ian Huntley, who was convicted of the murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman. The…

The Ex-Wife on Paramount+: Cast and transmission date announced

Streaming service, Paramount+, has announced details of its first UK original. Penned by Downton Abbey star Catherine Steadman, The Ex-Wife, is based on the psychological thriller of the same name. Newly married Tasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl, but her husband’s ex-wife won’t leave them alone. When Tasha…

Dal y Mellt starts on S4C: Five things to know

There’s a new Welsh-language crime drama starting on S4C tonight (Sunday 2nd October), called Dal y Mellt. Demonstrating the breadth of material coming out of Wales in the crime drama genre, it’s something a bit different. So what’s it all about? It’s been adapted from a novel Dal y Mellt is an adaptation of the novel…

Something To Hide: French crime series starring Daniel Auteuil coming soon

Here’s another French series heading to All4/Walter Presents. Something To Hide (Le Mensonge) stars the legendary Daniel Auteuil as a wealthy Frenchman whose world is shattered after an accusation of rape. Based on a harrowing true story it tells the story of a town Mayor. For Claude’s beloved grandson Lucas (Victor Meutelet), life is much…

Astrid: Murder In Paris transmission date revealed by Walter Presents

Stand by for a new French series – Astrid: Murder In Paris – which became a huge hit in its native France and introduced viewers to an intriguing investigative partnership. When Commander Raphaëlle Coste (Lola Dewaere) visits the police records bureau in search of information for one of her enquiries, she has no idea that…

NORDIC NOIR Walter Presents reveals transmission date for Arctic Circle

There’s more Nordic Noir on the way, this time from Finland. Arctic Circle will premiere on All4/Walter Presents later this month, the brand has announced. Starring Iina Kuustonen, Deadwind/ Karppi’s Pihla Viitala and Venla Ronkainen it tells the story of police officer Nina Kautsalo, who finds a Russian sex worker barely alive in an old…

NORDIC NOIR Alibi announces acquisition of Black Sands from Iceland

UKTV channel, Alibi, has announced its first ever Nordic Noir acquisition. From Iceland, Black Sands (Svörtu sandar) is an eight-episode series starring Aldís Amah Hamilton. Anita, a DI in her thirties, is forced to return to the hometown she fled 14 years ago. A reckoning with her mother is inescapable, but when the body of…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th October)

This week we say farewell to a number of shows – Inside Man finishes, as does Karen Pirie and Recipes For Love and Murder. But… we do get the excellent Red Light on All4/Walter. Enjoy! 1 Red Light *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*S1-10/10A swirling, current drama series about three women who lose themselves and find each other…