BBC releases first images from series five of Line Of Duty

One of British crime dramas biggest hits from the last decade – Line Of Duty – is ominously waiting in the wings. After the show went stratospheric in series four thank to a transfer to BBC One primetime, it has become one of the most eagerly anticipated and talked about dramas (of any genre) in…

The end for Thursday? ITV releases cryptic teaser

We’ve been enjoying series six of Endeavour – as we have all series of the Morse origin story – and integral to show’s success is the relationship between Morse himself and his mentor, DI Fred Thursday. They’ve been together through thick and thin for since they first burst onto our screens in 2012. Now, with…

BBC Two confirms MotherFatherSon transmission date

Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon boasts a stellar cast, with Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Sarah Lancashire headling the eight-part series. US-born Max (Gere) is at the heart of British politics and power, owner of a media empire that includes newspapers and television stations. His aristocratic ex-wife Kathryn (McCrory) has been frozen out of…

Colin Farrell to star in BBC Two thriller

Golden Globe-winner Colin Farrell has boarded the BBC Two four-part thriller The North Water, being adapted and directed by multi-award-winning Andrew Haigh. Based on the critically acclaimed novel from Ian McGuire, this tale of murder, mystery and survival has topped critic’s lists around the world and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E2/4)

5-4-3-2-1! Endeavour is go! This week, Morse investigates a murder at a TV studio making a marionette series  – will he be pulling the strings, or is someone else the puppet master? As Apollo 11 sets off for the moon, astronomers are preparing to track the launch. Morse, back in CID, is unimpressed – the…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E1/6)

It’s been three years since the second season of The Missing aired – a show that launched the careers of creators Harry and Jack Williams, who have since gone on to become one of the hottest properties in crime drama television. Although the show deftly mimicked the emotional dynamic of earlier European hits like The…

Alibi orders first scripted drama from idea by Val McDermid

UKTV channel Alibi is famous for the cosier, more humour-filled side of crime dramas (think Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Castle et al). Now the channel is dipping its two in the original drama series ocean and has ordered a brand new series from RED Productions, the people who make Happy…

BBC America releases series two trailer for Killing Eve

Killing Eve became a huge global success last year, thanks to airing on both BBC America and BBC One. It helped that there was a terrific script by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and two outstanding central performances from Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh. We knew that that series two was going to drop in the US on…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E1/6)

One of the best British crime drama shows, Shetland, made a welcome return tonight. I say ‘best British crime drama’ because it really is, and has lots of the ingredients that make up successful and engrossing crime shows: a lead character that’s likeable and watchable, a supporting cast that exhibits the same kinds of characteristics,…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E1/4)

It’s all change for young Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) as we reach 1969. Led Zeppelin is on the radio, Bright is in Traffic, and Strange is in admin – but what of Morse and Thursday? Posted to Woodstock and transferred to uniform, estranged from Fred Thursday and daughter Joanie, Morse has grown a moustache in…

Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith to star in BBC factual crime drama

We’ve had a few crime dramas in recent years that have dramatised real-life events – think Appropriate Adult, The Moorside, Little Boy Blue and, most recently, Manhunt – and now we have another one, thanks to the team of Jeff Pope and Neil McKay. Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith are to star in The Barking Murders –…

Bergerac reboot is official

British staple of the1980s, Bergerac, is to be given a reboot and is on its way back to television. The series, which ran on the BBC between 1981 and 1991 and starred John Nettles as a Jersey-based detective sergeant and private investigator, is being given a contemporary makeover. According to Variety: Emmy-winning producer Gub Neal (“The Fall,”…