REVIEW The Investigation (S1 E5&6/6)

In dubio pro reo. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty. This legal terminology is at the heart of The Investigation this week as the case reaches it’s solemn conclusion, and the team scramble to fit the evidence to the crime in pursuit of conviction. Despite the days spent on the case now stretching into…

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

We left The Investigation last week in a state of complete reversal to most criminal cases – the suspect was in custody, but there was no evidence of a crime to convict him. Without physical proof to contradict his bizarre story, the chances of a murder conviction seemed unlikely. But then, a grim discovery in…

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

The circumstances around the gruesome murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall back in 2017 were sadly strange enough to elicit press coverage around the world. Unfortunately, a large part of the media’s morbid interest in the case at the time lay more with her murderer rather than the victim herself. This kind of grim fascination…

BOXSET REVIEW A Teacher (S1)

The pandemic might have restricted most people from office work this past year, but television is still happily serving up those “water-cooler” moments that used to occupy such environments with hushed conversations across the country. The latest of these derives from A Teacher, which has been generating a significant volume of column inches (or perhaps…

REVIEW The Third Day (S1 E3&4/6)

What a curious beast The Third Day is evolving into. On one side, Sky’s newest collaboration with HBO is a fairly generic – but effective – psychological thriller with a folk horror twist. On the other, it seems to have been fashioned as a Trojan horse of sorts – designed to house a wholly lysergic…

REVIEW: Mystery Road S2 (E5&6/6)

Mystery Road concluded it’s second season this week, and it’s fair to say that it’s been a bit of a dog’s dinner. Weird and uneven performances, frustrating character choices and nonsensical plot lines have all piled up to a dizzying degree. Is the road finally running out for this show? Immediately, the tension that was…

REVIEW Mystery Road S2 (E3&4/6)

So it’s only the second week on air but Mystery Road is already past the halfway point in the ongoing adventures of gruff Detective Jay Swan. It’s fair to say the reception to this second season of the Australian crime drama has been decidedly mixed so far – and on the evidence of these continuing…

REVIEW The Third Day (S1 E1&2/6)

Billed as a psychological thriller, The Third Day is Sky’s latest collaboration with HBO, and comes with some considerable pedigree. Written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia) and directed across three distinct segments – including the live broadcast of a theatrical performance – by Marc Munden (National Treasure) and Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls), the cast is led…