REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E6/8)

Well. We are into the final run of Strangers now, and after finding out who killed Megan last week, all that was left to discover was the why. But this show is never direct in it’s intentions and whilst the pace certainly switched up a gear this week, for most of the time my reaction…

Agatha Raisin goes back to Sky

Well, this is an odd one. Sky took the decision to cancel its adaptation of MC Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels after one full series, but it was then picked up by US-based streaming service Acorn TV for a second series. Now, Sky has picked up the UK broadcast rights for that second series. It’s a…

ITV commissions Martin Freeman crime drama

Martin Freeman’s a fine actor, and he’s appeared in a few high-profile crime drama in recent years (Sherlock, Fargo), and now he’s coming back to our screens thanks to a new six-part crime drama on ITV. A Confession – also starring the excellent Imelda Staunton and Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran – tells the story of…

REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E3/4)

So far, this four-part adaptation of Helen FitzGerald’s The Cry (listen to our podcast with Helen here) has been excellent: a psychological thriller of the highest order. What I mean by psychological thriller is that all those addictive twists and turns we so love in the genre are plentiful – no more so than THE…

REVIEW: Killing Eve (S1 E5/8)

A tipping point has been reached: Villanelle is out in the open, and Eve has a source of information on the master plan. But the game’s hardly finished; so what tricks does the psycho assassin still have up her elegantly coutured sleeve? Now that Frank has been exposed as the mole – no surprise there…

ITV commissions Rob Lowe crime drama Wild Bill

Now here’s a sentence we didn’t think we’d be writing on a Friday morning, or any morning for that matter: Hollywood star, Rob Lowe, is to star in a new six-part ITV crime drama called Wild Bill, set in Lincolnshire. When high-flying US police chief Bill Hixon lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14-year-old daughter…

BBC acquires Killing Eve series two

In a move that has surprised absolutely nobody, the BBC has acquired the rights to show the second series of BBC America’s Killing Eve in the UK. Based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, the series has been a huge success in the US and now here in the UK. Emmy-nominated and Bafta-winner…

First image for ITV’s Cheat released

Back in June we brought you news of a new psychological drama for ITV. Cheat stars Katherine Kelly andBAFTA winner Molly Windsor, alongside Tom Goodman-Hill, Peter Firth and Adrian Edmondson also star. Not only does it have a good pedigree in front of the camera, but it’s also made by Harry and Jack Williams’ Two Brothers Pictures. Kelly…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E5/8)

Bland. Boring. A big letdown. That’s just some of the highlights from the red-top reviews this past week of ITV’s Strangers as it’s quickly hemorrhaged it’s initial 4.2 million audience share with people tuning out episode by episode – the general consensus being it was either too complex or not complex enough considering it’s ambitions….

REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E2/4)

Twists are a funny thing. They’re de rigueur in psychological thrillers on the page – so-called domestic noirs – where each one seems to try and out-twist the next. There was no doubt a major twist(s) was going to come in The Cry, the BBC One adaptation of Helen FitzGerald’s novel (more of her on The Killing Times…

Peaky Blinders V begins filming, first image released

Another crime drama heavyweight has begun production. Peaky Blinders – Steven Knight’s early 20th-century gangland opus – is back in production for its fifth series. The first image has been released of Cillian Murphy reprising his role as Tommy Shelby in the new series of the acclaimed gangster drama, which began filming in Manchester in…

Marcella renewed for a third series

ITV and Netflix’s Marcella – Hans’The Bridge’ Rosenfeldt’s first post-Bridge series – is coming back for a third run. The series, starring Anna Friel as the troubled London-based detective, finished its second stint earlier this tear to a mixed reception. Variety reports: Rosenfeldt is currently penning the third season, which will run to eight parts….