REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E4/6)

I’ll admit it, I’ve not really been enjoying this series. My worst fears – that this grisly, harrowing true-life crime adaptation was being dragged out as far as it possibly could – were beginning to come true.  The last few episodes were slow, with only one meaningful twist or cliffhanger. (Obviously, I’m judging the adaptation…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E3/6)

We’re at the half-way stage of this good-looking true crime dramatisation, and surely the penny is going to drop soon to everyone – not just Stan (I miss times when people were called Stan) and Ann – that Bamber is the killer. At the end of episode two, we saw Ann find some a faulty…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E2/6)

Episode one of ITV’s latest true-crime adaptation certainly looked the part – its bleached-out colour palette gave it that nostalgia-tinted feel, while the cinematography inside the doomed Bamber house was brilliantly nightmarish. The story itself – that of the murders of Sheila Caffell, her two children and Nevill and June Bamber on a farm in…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E1/6)

ITV is making a habit of trotting out very well-made adaptations of true crime stories. Last year, we had Manhunt, starring Martin Clunes, and later in the year, we had the excellent A Confession, featuring Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton and Siobhan Finneran. Both were grimly fascinating stories well told. But as regular readers of this…

ITV commissions true-crime drama The Yorkshire Ripper

Following the ratings success and critical acclaim of Des and White House Farm, ITV has commissioned The Yorkshire Ripper (w/t).  The drama will depict one of the most notorious and shocking serial killer cases in the world – the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper. Between October 1975 and January 1981, police undertook the…

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 10th – Sunday 16th February)

This week, the latest Agatha Christie adaptation – The Pale Horse – comes to an end, as does ITV’s true-crime story White House Farm. Elsewhere, we get the English-language version of Craith (Hidden). Don’t read our reviews if you want to avoid spoilers! Enjoy! 1 The Deuce *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* S3 E7/8 Lori turns…