Series three of Unforgotten to begin filming, adds cast and plotlines

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All the heavy hitters are coming out to play in 2018, and our top-rated British series from last year – Unforgotten – is one of them. Starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, the cold-case series is as sensitive and beautifully written and acted as it is enthralling. The good news is that filming is about to begin this month on the third series. Continue reading

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Review: Marcella (S2 E1/8), Monday 20th February, ITV

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Hans Rosenfeldt’s Marcella divided plenty of people during its first run in 2016. Some people I know really enjoyed it, but the majority I spoke to about it thought it was a mess. And, I have to say, that’s where my opinion lies – the cast of characters were just so unlikable (which hasn’t stopped me watching and enjoying a series before… see I Know Who You Are), the story promising but shaken out into an unholy mess. So what did series two hold? More of the same, or an improvement? Continue reading

Review: Collateral (S1 E2/4), Monday 19th February, BBC One

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Collateral picked up a hefty 3.2 million audience share alongside some high praise from critics for its debut episode last week, with a star-studded cast and topical script making it an immediate Monday night favourite for viewers. It was pretty clear from the conclusion of the initial episode that writer David Hare wasn’t taking us down the conventional route for a police procedural, as we knew both the murder victim and murderer before the running time was up – resulting in the show being less about who but why they committed the crime. With a handful of episodes left and the narrative shifting on in real-time, it certainly wasn’t hanging around this week to get the various plot threads back into motion.

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Review: Endeavour (S5 E3/6), Sunday 18th February, ITV

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When a boutique assistant, Frances Porter, disappears after a night of passion, Morse is happy to let Fancy take the case – but it soon proves to be beyond him. Passenger is all about the railways (Auden’s The Night Mail gets quoted), so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for trainspotters to complain about the trains having the wrong number of bogies, or the ticket inspector wearing the wrong hat for the region. We won’t be indulging.  Continue reading

Sky Atlantic confirms Save Me transmission date

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I’m a huge fan of Lennie James – he of Line Of Duty series one and The Walking Dead – and I have to say I’m looking forward to his next project very much – the Sky Atlantic drama, Save Me. It not only boasts James (who’s also written the series), but also Suranne Jones and Stephen Graham, among others. We featured Save Me in our 2018 crime drama preview, and now we know when it’s going to be on. Continue reading

Review: Shetland (S4 E1/6), Tuesday 13th February, BBC One

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There has always been something – actually, several things – immensely watchable about Shetland, the series based on and then inspired by the books by award-winning crime writer, Ann Cleeves. The islands themselves always look stunning, Dougie Henshall’s Jimmy Perez is one of the good guys in crime drama and doesn’t wear his grief on his sleeve like others, his relationship with Tosh (another hugely likeable character) is lovely, and, of course, the crime stories themselves lend themselves to deep characterisation, and old, small communities. All these ingredients were present in the first of this fourth series. Continue reading