The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 11th – Sunday 17th December)

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I’m now on holiday for a week, but service will be continuing on The Killing Times as normal thanks to Our Andy and some timed posts. Which is just as well because there’s quite a lot happening this week – the end of Witnesses, the start of the final series of The Tunnel (spoilers: it’s good), new French crime drama Vanished By The Lake and ITV’s four-part Bancroft, which is stripped over four days. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Review: Witnesses (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 9th December, BBC Four

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NB: SPOILERS INSIDE

After last week’s third and fourth episode – where Sandra Winkler and Catherine Keemer went rogue and formed their own crime drama version of Thelma and Louise – things are now bubbling nicely on Witnesses, although Sandra’s torturing of suspect Martin Souriau left a bitter taste in the mouth. You got the sense that these two women, who had formed an unlikely friendship and bond, were being pushed to the absolute limits: their children and personal lives had been threatened and they were willing to do anything – anything – to resolve their situations and protect their families. Continue reading

Big Little Lies recommissioned for second series; Reese Witherspoon and Nicole onboard

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HBO’s Big Little Lies (it was shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK), has been one of the crime dramas of the year so far. The tale of affluent, Californian women in meltdown was a brilliant whodunit with each episode unpeeling the layers of feuds, insecurities and strained family relationships. It boasted a stellar cast (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern among them), and the news is this: it’s coming back for a second series.

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The Deuce, Mindhunter and Line Of Duty: The Crime Writers’ Favourite Crime Dramas Of The Year

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It’s my favourite time of the year. Not only is it Christmas but it’s a chance to look back through the year and sort out the wheat from the chaff. But it’s not just us. Oh no. Every year we ask a bunch of actual, bona fide, best-selling, award-winning crime authors what they’ve been watching during the past 12 months and tell us what their favourites are. And it makes sense, too, right? Books are turned into TV series; and TV series influence book writers. So, once again, we’ve asked writers whose work we admire to tell us what the year’s best has been. Strap in! Continue reading