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*S1 E9/9All the DNA evidence collected at the crime…

Vicky McClure’s Without A Sin gets transmission date

Vicky McClure’s new ITV drama, Without A Sin, will debut on the network’s streaming service ITV before Christmas. Without Sin explores the relationship which develops between a grieving mother and the man she believes murdered her daughter. In this four-part drama, Vicky McClure plays the role of grieving mother, Stella Tomlinson, whose 14-year-old daughter Maisy,…

BBC announces five-part crime drama Better

The BBC has announced a new, five-part crime drama, Better, written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. Set and shot entirely in Leeds, Better explores the complex and powerful bonds of loyalty and family, set in a world where everyone has their own version of “right” and “wrong”. Examining the power of human conscience, we…

Happy Valley season 3 to debut on BBC One on New Year’s Day

We knew it was coming, and finally – finally – we can tell you when the third and final series of Happy Valley will debut on BBC One in the UK. In this final series of six episodes, Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir, and this…

NORDIC NOIR New Beck will premiere in Sweden on Christmas Day

Swedish crime drama fans are getting a Christmas Day treat this year – a brand new Beck film will premiere on 25th December itself on C More. The Death Trap tells the story of Vilhelm Beck – Martin’s grandson – a police officer and on his first internship in the real world. He and his…

NORDIC NOIR SVT releases Blackwater trailer

Swedish channel SVT has released a trailer for Händelser vid vatten (Blackwater) and has revealed the transmission date. The crime drama, based on Kerstin Ekman’s novel of the same name, takes us back to midsummer eve, 1973. Annie and daughter Mia find two murdered tourists at the river’s edge near the village of Svartvattnet. It…

ITV1 gives DI Ray a second series

Parminder Nagra will return to ITV1 as Detective Inspector Rachita Ray, for a second series of acclaimed police thriller, DI Ray. The new six-part series has been commissioned will once again be set in Birmingham, and will see Leicester-born DI Ray investigating the murder of a high-profile criminal. Sensitive ethnic issues relating to the case…

Shetland: Ashley Jensen confirmed as Douglas Henshall’s replacement

The BBC has confirmed that actress Ashley Jensen will replace Douglas Henshall in forthcoming series of Shetland. Henshall starred as Jimmy Perez for seven highly successful series, and fans mourned his final episode earlier this year. Now we know who’s taking over. Jensen – whose illustrious and critically-acclaimed career includes cosy crime drama Agatha Raisin…

David Tennant: ITVX confirms Litvinenko transmission date

There’s much anticipation for ITV’s adaptation of Alexander Litvinenko’s story. The four-part drama is based on the true story of the police investigation into the poisoning of the former Russian spy. It’s being rolled out first on the network’s new streaming service, ITVX, and will then pla your on ITV1 next year. The drama takes…

Cormoran Strike returns in Troubled Blood on BBC One

This year’s Christmas telly is starting to trickle through, and we have some crime drama in among all the festive hoopla. One such series returning this holiday season is Strike, from the pen of Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). Series five – subtitled Troubled Blood – is a four-part series and sees Tom Burke return…