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…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E1&2/6)

There’s something about BBC4’s crime drama schedule on a Saturday night that just usually feels hygge in its traditional environment of autumnal evenings, partly due to the colder climates that nordic noir normally offers us – but this year they’ve programmed it as such to deliver three very sunshine-packed shows back to back – the…

BBC Four confirms Mystery Road transmission date

We’ve known for a while the Australian series, Mystery Road, was due to come to these shores via BBC Four but had to stay schtum about it. But now we can shout from the rooftops: it is indeed coming to the UK. The six-part Aussie series tells the story of Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen),…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E6/6)

Crime dramas often stand and fall on their conclusions. Like crime fiction, viewers like to find out whodunit and why, and have invested time and emotional connection into a series. It’s a bold show that doesn’t deliver those satisfying conclusions, and I was interested to see whether Picnic At Hanging Rock would deliver more than…

Australian series Safe Harbour picked up by Hulu in the US

Now this does sound like an interesting series. Picked up by Hulu for the US, Aussie drama Safe Harbour tells the story of five Australians on a yachting holiday from Darwin to Indonesia, whose idyllic vacation takes a disastrous turn when they come across a broken-down fishing boat, full of desperate asylum seekers. The Australians…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E5/6)

Over the past two episodes, Picnic At Hanging Rock has been much better. The mystery of the disappearance of the three girls and their teacher, Greta McCraw, has taken a backseat and instead the series has focused on the fall-out from the incident at Hanging Rock, and it has been better for it – we’ve…