Review: In The Dark (S1 E3/4), Tuesday 25th July, BBC1

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You get the sense that the BBC is testing the water a bit with In The Dark, the four-part series that adapts two of Mark Billingham’s crime novels. MyAnna Buring was excellent as DI Helen Weeks in the first two-part story, and I do wonder if Weeks could form the basis for a new longish-running series featuring a new female protagonist. It’s an option for sure, and in the first two episodes, Weeks (and Buring) revealed herself to be a flawed, no-nonsense detective with likeable traits.

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Danny Brocklehurst and MyAnna Buring guest on A Stab In The Dark

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UKTV’s crime podcast A Stab In The Dark rolls on this week with two guests at the heart of British crime drama at the moment. Danny Brocklehurst and MyAnna Buring are currently featured in the adaptation of Mark Billingham’s Time Of Death and In The Dark novels for the BBC. More details after the jump! Continue reading

Review: In The Dark (S1 E2/4), Tuesday 18th July, BBC1

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Helen Weeks is under severe pressure, that’s for sure. Not only has she returned to her hometown of Polesford and dug herself into a case of two abducted local children, stepping on the local force’s toes as a result, but pregnant Helen is also hiding not one, but two secrets: one, the baby’s she carrying is probably not her partner Paul’s; and two… well you’ll have to read after the jump.

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Review: Ripper Street (S5 E5/6), Monday 17th July, BBC2

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At last, the pace picks up this week, as Dove’s empire begins to crumble around him, and a turn of fortune brings a glimmer of hope to the beleaguered Reid. After what frankly have been four lethargic episodes, with no real plot development beyond what was strictly inevitable, the action takes off this week, as several characters face up to now unavoidable moral dilemmas. Continue reading

Michael C Hall for Harlan Coben Netflix crime drama

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Acclaimed screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst’s work is currently on our screens, having adapted two Mark Billingham novels for the BBC’s In The Dark series (see a review of episode one, here), and now he’s announced that he’s involved in a new project for Netflix, teaming up with another best-selling crime novelist, Harlan Coben, for a new crime drama series starring Dexter’s brilliant Michael C Hall. Continue reading

Review: In The Dark (S1 E1/4), Tuesday 11th July, BBC1

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Here we go, then. Another new crime drama series on the BBC, but this one looks to have some pedigree about it, both in front of and behind the camera. We have an original (award-winning) crime writer, Mark Billingham, an award-winning screenwriter, Danny Brocklehurst, doing the adapting, and MyAnna Buring doing the acting. What could go wrong?

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