REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E2/8)

It was a tumultuous start to Strangers last week, with John Simm’s character Professor Jonah Mulray put through the emotional wringer in the wake of his wife’s death. With the revelations coming thick and fast about Megan’s secret life in Hong Kong alongside her other husband David, the episode culminated with the shocking evidence she…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E5&6/6)

In the week that saw Spanish actor Willy Toldeo arrested and detained for questioning after “ridiculing the Virgin Mary and God” on social media, you might be tempted to pontificate on the history of religion in society when mixed with the law – especially in the context of how the remainder of The Plague played…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E1/8)

John Simm has been heavily featured on the broadsheet interview circuit this past week in promotion for his performance in Harry and Jack William’s latest executive produced thriller, Strangers. In those interviews he jokes about his seemingly consistent presence on British TV for well over a decade, culminating in the farcical “Simm Off” earlier this…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E3&4/6)

Seville is shut down this week in historical crime drama The Plague when the illness forces the council to close its borders as La Peste rages through the city like a wildfire; amidst the dead and dying a serial killer is still on the loose and unlikely duo Mateo and Valerio must find the murderer…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E1&2/6)

Historical crime drama is something of a rare treat these days – we barely ever exit the Nineteenth Century normally for our more ‘classical’ TV series in the West – so it was with great interest I heard the BBC had picked up La Peste (The Plague), Telefonica’s smash-hit serial-killer drama set in Spain circa…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E5&6/6)

So after just three short weeks we wrap up Black Fly Season, the second series of Canadian crime drama Cardinal. It does make me wonder if it had been extended out to an episode a week rather than the traditional BBC4 double-up if I would have had the patience to persist with what has been…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E3&4/6)

It was a slow start to Black Fly Season last week, the second series of well-regarded Canadian crime drama Cardinal. The tale of warring drug gangs with an amnesiac victim at the core of it didn’t initially ignite my interest as much as the first season’s story, but the show is always solid fun to…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E1&2/6)

The Canadian crime drama returns to the much-coveted BBC4 weekend evening slot after a well-received first season last year. Subtitled Black Fly Season, the show reunites the sleuthing duo of Detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, last seen on UK screens in Modus as the POTUS First Gentleman) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) on another grisly…

REVIEW : The Bridge (S4 E5/8)

Note : Unfortunately our intrepid editor Paul was taken ill this weekend, meaning he couldn’t complete his review on this episode of The Bridge. Whilst he’s currently on the mend, he’s asked me to throw together some of my thoughts about the show. I‘m sure you’ll join me in wishing Paul a speedy recovery. Get…

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…