The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 5th – Sunday 11th December)

As ever, there’s lots going this week. Cormoron Strike is back with a new four-part series – starting next Sunday night – and there are two return series on All4/Walter Presents. We also say a find farewell to Astrid. Enjoy!

1 Astrid: Murder In Paris *LAST IN SERIES*
All the DNA evidence collected at the crime scene of a murdered woman converges on a suspect and the case appears to be wrapped up. However, Astrid feels that something is wrong, so she does some research in the archives, which turns up disturbing lines of inquiry.
Friday 9th December, 9pm, More4

S2 E3/6

No synopsis available.
Friday 9th December, Apple+ TV

S2 E3&4/6

Pearl is hired by Molly, a woman who is hated amongst Whitstable locals, as she’s planning to sell her mother’s property, a beloved local pub, to the highest bidder rather than sell it back to the community. Molly has been receiving threatening anonymous missives, and a dead seagull has even turned up on her doorstep. Molly’s had enough, and she wants Pearl to find out who’s behind the harassment. The pub goes on the open market and is sold to a buyer who washes up dead on Whitstable beach the next day. Pearl and Mike work together to find out who is responsible.
Monday 5th December, Acorn TV

S1 E6/8

Another body is found, connected to a case that Frida and Anita are investigating. Salamon and Anita’s relationship leads to an unexpected opportunity for the team.
Sunday 11th December, 10pm, Alibi

5 Strike: Troubled Blood *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S5 E1/4

Strike is hired by a woman to find her mother, who went missing in 1974 when a serial killer was at large, leading to decades of speculation that she was another of his victims. While searching through the missing woman’s belongings, Robin finds an anonymous and crude threatening letter.
Sunday 11th December, 9pm, BBC One

6 Ice Cold Murders: Rocco Schiavone *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
When an ex-priest is found dead in the mountains, Rocco calls in sick and decides to work from his sofa. But he still has personal issues to face. Whilst Rocco hunts down a murderer, he is finally ready to deal with his own demons and finds the courage to return to the real world. As the detective navigates the old world he was exiled from, the gruesome murders don’t stop! The fiery detective is determined to solve complex cases while untangling the complexities of his own life.
From Friday 9th December, All4/Walter Presents

S2 E1-5/5

Under the shiny surface of a utopian and environmentally friendly community, a new recruit discovers dark secrets and danger.
From Friday 9th December, All4/Walter Presents


Indian crime series about a former police informant summoned to infiltrate a drug empire.
From Friday 9th December, Netflix

9 Cracker *REPEAT*
S1 E1&2/7

Psychologist Eddie `Fitz” Fitzgerald tries to establish if a man suspected of murdering a woman on a train is genuinely suffering from amnesia, but his shambolic behaviour, which has already prompted wife Judith to leave him, fails to endear him to the detectives investigating the crime.
Monday 5th December, 10pm, ITV3

10 Dalziel & Pascoe *REPEAT*
S2 E1/4

Dalziel hunts a killer with a taste for antique porcelain, while Pascoe puts his promotion celebrations on hold to investigate the shooting of three old friends and uncovers a Scottish oil fraud. 
Tuesday 6th December, 8pm, Drama

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    Watched last week’s Slow Horses. Gary Oldman does not disappoint fully embracing Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year: Goblin Mode (a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations). Chuffed to learn Strike is back.


  2. Julie says:

    I just watched a trailer for Partisan. Looks intense. Looking forward to it..


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