REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E5&6/6)

In three short weeks we’ve reached the conclusion to this third series of Cardinal – and whilst it’s not lived up to the standard set by its debut season, the show remains an enjoyable experience as a solid police procedural. Much of these last two episodes were more concerned with the second-string story around the…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E3&4/6)

We’re already halfway through the new season of Cardinal and things are just starting to heat up, with the dynamics of family life once again at the forefront of these episodes. One family that seems to be forged from fractured lives is that of Sharlene ‘Mama’ Winston and her brood of runaways. But Mama’s not…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E1&2/6)

We welcome back Cardinal to the BBC’s Saturday night crime slot for its much-anticipated third season, having concluded its original Canadian run in March. The series follows on directly from the shocking conclusion of the second season, this time merging elements from author Giles Blunt’s novels By The Time You Read This and Crime Machine….

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E4/4)

In the final chapter of The Victim the jury delivers their verdict on Anna, whilst Craig faces his own challenges. When one final confrontation brings more revelations, will anybody get the closure they seek? Ahead of her sentencing, Maureen tells Anna that Craig isn’t Eddie after all – a statement that she receives with utter…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E3/4)

In the previous episode of The Victim, revelations around Craig’s childhood added a further layer of confusion as to his supposed guilt. Anna is feeling positively biblical when she tells her lawyer she demands an eye for an eye – but as she awaits her turn in court, can she control her anger to avoid…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E2/4)

In the opening episode of The Victim last night we saw Anna Dean (Kelly Macdonald) orchestrate the online exposure of Craig Myers (James Harkness) as the killer of her child, eventually leading to her standing trial for incitement to murder. But as the court case brings further revelations about Craig’s past to the surface, is…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E1/4)

Where would the BBC be without dipping into it’s big pot of hot topics to cook up a new drama every now and then? This time it falls to The Victim to explore the phenomenon of online vigilantism across it’s week-long running time. There are very strong echoes of the Jamie Bulger case embedded throughout…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E6/6)

It’s been a long road to this final chapter of Baptiste – and it’s been a very bumpy journey along the way, beset with gigantic plot holes and paper-thin characters. How such a poorly constructed show could have been extrapolated from the brilliant elements that made The Missing such a hit is a mystery that…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E5/6)

If broadcast television is largely a game of numbers then there is a bit of a discrepancy on the books with regards to Baptiste, which debuted with nearly eight million expectant viewers and is now trailing out of its first season with half of that audience share depleted – a remarkably similar trajectory to Strangers,…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E4/6)

It wouldn’t have been out of place to hear the familiar duff duff duff of the Eastenders closing theme tune at the end of last week’s episode, such was the level of melodrama on display – and it seemed it was met by the same level of incredulity from most viewers. Despite opening the season…