REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E5&6/8)

After last week’s simply superb double-bill, my hopes were high that this incredibly meaty, dense and cinematic series would carry on its intensity and intrigue. And more or less, it certainly didn’t disappoint. You got the sense that episode five was almost a breather after all that action and craziness of the previous instalments –…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E1/6)

Isn’t it strange. The bleaker and more stark the landscape is – and the less populated an island or country is – the more comforting a crime drama seems to be. Take Shetland for example. Now on to its sixth series, this hardy perennial is set on those beautiful, windswept islands north of Scotland, and…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E4/4)

Every time I saw the name Hollington Drive, I kept mistaking it for David Lynch’s warped neo-noir, Mulholland Drive. Obviously, these two stories are poles apart in terms of tone and look, but what unites them is a sense of place – and an inference that the street the protagonists dwell in somehow influences their…

Channel 5 confirms transmission date for Dalgliesh

One of the things we’ve been looking forward to this autumn is the new adaptation of legendary crime novelist PD James’ classic character, Dalgliesh. Set in the mid-1970s, Bertie Carvel takes the lead role as the titular detective, and the six-part series will be shown in double bills every week. In Episodes one and two,…

BritBox releases first trailer for Irvin Welsh adaptation Crime

We know that an adaptation of Irvin Welsh’s Crime is coming soon to BritBox. We now not only know when it’s landing but we’ve also got a trailer. The series tells the story of Detective Inspector Ray Lennox, a man engaged in a disturbing battle with his own demons, through the demanding and very public…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E2/6)

Last week’s series opener compellingly laid the platform for the third and final series of Craith, and offered up an intriguing murder mystery as only Craith could – present a number of suspects in bleak and beautiful landscapes, each of them living hard, unforgiving lives. As we all know by now, Craith is more of…

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

Very good week in crime drama land incoming… we have the new series of both Shetland and American Crime Story (which takes a closer look at the Bill Clinton affair in the 1990s). We also say goodbye to Hollington Drive, Grantchester and Ridley Road. Enjoy! 1 Craith *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*S3 E3/6Cadi and Vaughan interview…

REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E3&4/8)

Last week’s opening two episodes of this richly-detailed and sprawling French period crime drama were a complete eye-opener. In those first two hours of television, we were transported back to a world where brutal anti-semitism reigned, the 20th-century was beginning to blossom and a fractured society struggled to deal with the vicious murder of two…

Mystery Road starts filming series three… without Aaron Pedersen

Australian facourite Mystery Road is coming back for a third series, but with a major difference – star of series one and two, Aaron Pederson, is not returning in the title role. The new six-part series, has been rebranded Mystery Road: Origin and will air in Australia on ABC in 2022. The past two series…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E3/4)

We’re now into the home straight of this tense whodunit, and at the end of episode two it twisted into a new direction. Up until that point we were convinced – or the drama convinced us – that Theresa and Helen’s children (Ben and Eva) were to blame for poor, young Alex Boyd’s death. And…

ITV confirms air date for The Long Call

It won’t be long now until we see the next Ann Cleeves adaptation on our TV screens. ITV has named the transmission date for The Long Call, the first in Cleeves’ new Matthew Venn novels, The four-part series sees Detective Inspector Venn return to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband,…

Filming begins on series three of McDonald & Dodds

Filming has begun on the third series of ITV crime drama McDonald & Dodds starring Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins, both returning in the lead roles. The latest series sees Claire Skinner join the cast as Chief Superintendent Ormond. The four-part series starts with Belvedere, where a young woman is found dead sitting in a deckchair in broad…