REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E4/4)

Every time I saw the name Hollington Drive, I kept mistaking it for David Lynch’s warped neo-noir, Mulholland Drive. Obviously, these two stories are poles apart in terms of tone and look, but what unites them is a sense of place – and an inference that the street the protagonists dwell in somehow influences their…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E1/6)

Isn’t it strange. The bleaker and more stark the landscape is – and the less populated an island or country is – the more comforting a crime drama seems to be. Take Shetland for example. Now on to its sixth series, this hardy perennial is set on those beautiful, windswept islands north of Scotland, and…

Channel 5 confirms transmission date for Dalgliesh

One of the things we’ve been looking forward to this autumn is the new adaptation of legendary crime novelist PD James’ classic character, Dalgliesh. Set in the mid-1970s, Bertie Carvel takes the lead role as the titular detective, and the six-part series will be shown in double bills every week. In Episodes one and two,…

BritBox releases first trailer for Irvin Welsh adaptation Crime

We know that an adaptation of Irvin Welsh’s Crime is coming soon to BritBox. We now not only know when it’s landing but we’ve also got a trailer. The series tells the story of Detective Inspector Ray Lennox, a man engaged in a disturbing battle with his own demons, through the demanding and very public…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E3/4)

We’re now into the home straight of this tense whodunit, and at the end of episode two it twisted into a new direction. Up until that point we were convinced – or the drama convinced us – that Theresa and Helen’s children (Ben and Eva) were to blame for poor, young Alex Boyd’s death. And…

ITV confirms air date for The Long Call

It won’t be long now until we see the next Ann Cleeves adaptation on our TV screens. ITV has named the transmission date for The Long Call, the first in Cleeves’ new Matthew Venn novels, The four-part series sees Detective Inspector Venn return to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband,…

Filming begins on series three of McDonald & Dodds

Filming has begun on the third series of ITV crime drama McDonald & Dodds starring Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins, both returning in the lead roles. The latest series sees Claire Skinner join the cast as Chief Superintendent Ormond. The four-part series starts with Belvedere, where a young woman is found dead sitting in a deckchair in broad…

First trailer released for Shetland series six

As we all know, series six of Shetland is starting next week. The forthcoming new series centres on the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure, a case which strikes at the heart of the Shetland Isles and its people. As Perez and his team uncover a kaleidoscope of motives for the murder, their investigation…

ITV commissions Vicky McClure drama Without Sin

A four-part psychological thriller exploring the relationship which develops between a grieving mother and the man she believes murdered her daughter is the subject of new ITV drama, Without Sin. Vicky McClure will play the leading role of Stella Tomlinson, whose 14-year-old daughter Maisy, is found dead at their family home with the bloodied, hooded…

ITV commissions The Suspect with Aidan Turner

TV has commissioned thriller, The Suspect, starring Aidan Turner and based on the novel by Michael Robotham. The five-part drama tells the story of Dr Joe O’Loughlin (Turner), who appears to have the perfect life – a devoted wife, a loving daughter, successful practice as a clinical psychologist, media profile and a publishing deal. He’s even…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E2/4)

Last week we were introduced to the inhabitants of Hollington Drive – a picture-perfect slice of suburbia where everything seemed just about perfect. However, this being a domestic noir and all, the patina of perfection was was scrubbed clean thanks to a shocking event and exposed a festering underbelly. The disappearance of local lad Alex…

Shetland series six gets transmission date

We knew that series six of Shetland was just around the corner, and now BBC One has confirmed its start date. The forthcoming new series centres on the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure, a case which strikes at the heart of the Shetland Isles and its people. As Perez and his team uncover…