REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E3/8)

As indications of a loss in faith go, it was pretty definitive – the viewing figures both here and Stateside for the opening episodes of True Detective’s third season were way down on those of its sophomore premiere. It would seem the series has a long way to go to shore up the confidence of…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E1&2/8)

The phenomenon of True Detective is primarily based around its flawless first season, which was widely regarded as a modern-day classic of crime drama (and we agreed – it was the winner of our Top Crime Dramas of 2014). The inspired casting of its lead actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey combined with a labyrinthine…

REVIEW: Luther (S5 E4/4)

It’s been a roller-coaster ride this week as Luther has hurtled to its (supposedly) final chapter. With his personal world collapsing in on him and an increasingly inhibited serial killer still on the loose, can John Luther roll the dice one last time and emerge unscathed? A thoroughly efficient Palmer takes Luther through a series…

REVIEW: Luther (S5 E3/4)

Whilst the first two episodes of this new season of Luther have barreled along at a rapid pace, things slowed up somewhat tonight to take to a well-earned breather as we focused on the consolidation and convergence of certain plot-lines whilst the net tightened both on our suspects and Luther himself. With time running short…

REVIEW: Luther (S5 E2/4)

So she’s back. It was possibly the worst kept secret of the year when the return of Luther was originally announced – Alice Morgan was back. She’s arguably the best character in the show (spin-off anybody?) and therefore the default fail-safe to bring back every time the plot looked like it is flagging, which is…

REVIEW: Luther (S5 E1/4)

It’s that most wonderful time of the year… where the BBC brings out its post-festive big hitters. And there are none as big as one of its biggest international success story Luther, returning tonight for its fifth (and final?) season. After a decidedly bum note of a truncated fourth run, the broadcaster has gone to…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E8/8)

If you’ve stayed the course with Strangers these past two months, then I salute you. Unfortunately your reward for such unwavering loyalty was paltry this week, when the final episode sought to wrap everything up as awkwardly as possible in record time – a show suddenly conscious of it’s diminishing timescale after dawdling around for…

REVIEW: 54 Hours – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (S1 E2/2)

There’s a very famous horror movie called Cannibal Holocaust that caused a huge amount of controversy on it’s release in the director’s native homeland of Italy. Ruggero Deodato had set out to make an exploitation movie about exploitation itself – inspired by the Italian media’s coverage of the Red Brigade murders of the 1970s, where…

Review: Strangers (S1 E7/8)

For almost two months, Strangers has been waiting to get it’s groove back to the same level of tension and intrigue that it built up in it’s first episode; this week the penultimate chapter almost came close to achieving that. For the most part, we have the complete story now – but there are some…

REVIEW : 54 Hours – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (S1 E1/2)

A few years ago the UK was gripped by the manhunt for Raoul Moat, who had gone on the run after shooting his former partner and her new boyfriend. Rolling coverage of the investigation reached fever pitch when Moat was thought to be holed up somewhere near a small town called Rothbury and the media…