REVIEW: The City & The City (S1 E4/4)

  We reach the conclusion of The City & The City, as Borlú desperately attempts to find the connection between the disappearance of his own wife and the murder of Mahalia. With his closest allies turning against him, can he uncover the truth in both cases and bring the guilty to justice before it’s too…

REVIEW: The City & The City (S1 E3/4)

  The City & The City hit some rough terrain last week after it’s initially smooth start, as the search for Mahalia’s killer moved to Ul Qoma and… well, very little happened. With Borlú’s time running out in the sister city, can he uncover the truth about Orciny and it’s role in what happened to…

Review : The City & The City (S1 E2/4), Friday 13th April, BBC Two

The City & The City returns for it’s second installment after a highly encouraging debut episode last week. David Morrissey held together the central role of Inspector Tyador Borlú well enough despite some familiar cliches (haunted past, scraggy beard, off-brand cigarettes, bit grumpy) coming along for the ride – but moreover, the character served us well…

Review : The City & The City (S1 E1/4), Friday 6th April, BBC 2

China Miéville’s much-lauded, award-winning novel The City & The City finally gets the BBC adaptation treatment, after lying around in development hell with the broadcaster since 2015. A heady combination of police procedural and ‘weird’ fiction, the story centers around two cities called Ul Qoma and Beszel that occupy the same geographical space – but…

Review : Before We Die (S1 E9/10), Tuesday 20th March, Channel 4

Returning after a little break thanks to the Winter Paralympics, Before We Die returned this week to bring us the penultimate episode in the season. Revelations well and truly abound, loyalties are tested to the limit, plotlines make absolutely no sense, characters are double then triple-crossed and somewhere on the Baltic Sea there is a…

Review : Mosaic (S1 E5/6), Saturday 17th March, Sky Atlantic

After the revelations of last week’s gruesome discovery in Mosaic, Nate has a hard time raking up the past in a town where everybody wants it kept buried. Elsewhere, Joel faces up to some hard truths as the evidence mounts against him and Erik is haunted by allegations from his own dark history.

Review : Before We Die (S1 E8/10), Tuesday 6th March, Channel 4

It’s easy for me to forget, but I’ve been reviewing Before We Die since early January this year, and though the labyrinthine crime drama might be slowly drawing to it’s eventual conclusion, it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s in a hurry to do so. Stretched across ten episodes, it’s glacial pace has been the show’s…

Review: Mosaic (S1 E3/6), Saturday 3rd March, Sky Atlantic

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Steven Soderbergh’s murder mystery Mosaic took a decidedly chilly turn this week as we lurched from current investigation to cold case with a four year time jump moving our characters and their motives around somewhat – and introducing some new ones as a grisly discovery is made that re-ignites the question –…