Review: Little Boy Blue (S1 E2/4), Monday 1st May, ITV

Last week ITV’s new four-part adaptation of the tragic Rhys Jones story introduced us to both a family trying to come to terms with the overwhelming grief of losing an 11-year-old son to a seemingly random murder and a policeman in a temporary position tasked with bringing those who took the lad’s life to justice. We…

Review: Little Boy Blue (S1 E1/4), Monday 24th April, ITV

And so we come to our post-Broadchurch, Monday-night crime watch. Whereas the final, third series of Broadchurch managed to present a harrowing case of sexual assault with sensitivity and a great deal of procedural realism, almost to the point of documentary style, it has nothing on an actual true story. And this is what Little Boy…

ITV confirms transmission date for Little Boy Blue

A few months ago we saw the BBC’s attempt to bring to life a harrowing true-life crime story – that of the Shannon Matthews disappearance – and now ITV is getting in on the act. True crime stories are always fraught with difficulty and come with potential controversy – how do you depict things that…

REVIEW: Des (S1 E1/3)

Over the past few years, ITV has become the go-to British channel for true-crime adaptations. Everything from Little Boy Blue and A Confession to White House Farm have sought to delve deeper into cases we thought we knew but quite obviously don’t, and to present the stories behind the story. With the true-crime genre so…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 18th – Sunday 24th May)

This week sees the return of Amazing thriller Homecoming (with Janelle Monáe taking over from Julia Roberts in the lead role). Otherwise, it’s pretty much as you were. Enjoy! 1 Homecoming *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES* S2 1-10/10 wakes in a rowboat adrift a lake, with no memory of how she got there — or even…

REVIEW: A Confession (S1 E1/6)

ITV’s next big crime series is, once again, a Jeff Pope adaptation of a true-crime story. And ITV loves a true-crime adaptation. The channel hit big with Manhunt earlier this year, and now it once again turns to the king of true-crime adaptations, Jeff Pope, to tell the story of Sian O’Callaghan’s disappearance in 2011….

Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith to star in BBC factual crime drama

We’ve had a few crime dramas in recent years that have dramatised real-life events – think Appropriate Adult, The Moorside, Little Boy Blue and, most recently, Manhunt – and now we have another one, thanks to the team of Jeff Pope and Neil McKay. Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith are to star in The Barking Murders –…

ITV confirms transmission date for Hatton Garden

If we were to pick a recurring theme in this year’s crime drama genre, it’d be the dramatisation of true crime stories. We’ve had The Moorside and Three Girls from the BBC, while ITV has given us the likes of Little Boy Blue. Now we have another – a four-part series from ITV depicting the…