Alibi acquires Lucy Lawless Australian crime series

Australian crime drama is being shipped around the world, and two new series have landed in the UK, at Channel 5 and Alibi respectively. TV Wise reports that The Hunting and My Life Is Murder have been picked up by the channels. One of them stars much-loved actress Lucy Lawless. Four-part The Hunting, heading to…

Lucy Lawless drama My Life Is Murder gets first trailer

Lucy Lawless has bagged her first Australian lead role in My Life Is Murder described as “an irreverent mystery of the week series”. Lawless stars as the fearless and unapologetic Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless) whose unique skills and insights into the darker quirks of human nature, allow her to provoke, comfort and push the right…

Alibi sets date for Ms Fisher’s Modern Mysteries

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is one of our favourite imported Golden Age crime shows, and a little while back we brought you news that a sequel series – based in the 1960s and titled Ms Fisher’s Modern Mysteries – was being made. Now we know when it will air in the UK. Ms Fisher’s Modern…

REVIEW: Safe Harbour (S1 E1&2/4)

We’ve had some good stuff coming out of Australia recently (Murder Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock et al), and now we have another series worthy of consideration, placed in the prime BBC Four, Saturday-night crimey wimey slot. Four-part Safe Harbour ruffled many feathers in its home country when it was released last year. It made headlines, provoked…

BBC Four confirms Safe Harbour transmission date

Thanks to trailers, we knew that four-part Australian series, Safe Harbour, was just around the corner on BBC Four. Now we have confirmation. The story goes something like this: five Australians set out on the sailing holiday of a lifetime and encounter an overcrowded fishing boat of desperate asylum seekers; years after the fateful night,…

Alibi acquires Australian series Bite Club

UKTV channel, Alibi, has gone back to Australia for its next UK acquisition. Bite Club follows two detectives who, after surviving a shark attack, join forces to hunt the ultimate predator, the serial killer who is also hunting them. The series stars Dominic Monaghan, Todd Lasance, Ash Ricardo, Damian Walshe-Howling, Deborah Mailman, Robert Mammone, Pia Miller, Marny…

The Brokenwood Mysteries returns to Drama

UKTV’s free-to-air digital channel, Drama, is welcoming back Kiwi crime drama, The Brokenwood Mysteries, for a fifth series. Starring Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland, The Brokenwood Mysteries is set in a seemingly quiet country town where the town’s newest resident, Detective Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location. In the opening…

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries gets modern spin-off

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is one of Australia’s most successful and exported shows. We do love a bit of the Golden Age crime shows, but now news reaches us that a modern-day spin-off will hit Aussie screens very soon. In its ‘upfronts’ channel Seven announced that Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries is ready to go and will…

Netflix announces date for Australian crime drama Tidelands

Yes, we all know that Netflix is taking over the world, not only buying up all and sundry but also commissioning series in different countries and territories. The streaming giant’s foray into Australia is now coming to fruition, with the announcement of the transmission date of Tidelands, an eight-episode series that fuses crime and the…

Rupert Penry-Jones joins Miss Fisher movie

OK, so this is strictly a movie – although it’s unclear whether it’ll be a TV movie – but we do love a bit of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Essie Davis will return as the amateur detective in 1920s Australia, and for Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears she’ll be joined by the likes of  Nathan…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E5&6/6)

Our journey through Mystery Road concluded this week and while the final destination ended up being a little underwhelming, the overall experience has been of a superior serial with something interesting to say about the Australian mentality. The main theme in these concluding episodes was around legacies – those we inherit, those we live out…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E3&4/6)

If last week’s opening episodes of Australian crime drama Mystery Road were all about establishing the idea of community and the collective weight it’s people bear when a crime dredges up old secrets, then this week’s were all about family – and the ties that bind us to keep those secrets with us to the…