ITV releases first trailer for series seven of Endeavour

Stand-by… series seven of Endeavour is just around the corner, and now we’ve got our first look. ITV has released a trailer from the series, which starts in early February. Series seven is set in the 1970s and the new episodes finds the team reunited at Castle Gate CID, with Chief Superintendent Bright back in…

ITV orders surveillance thriller Viewpoint

ITV has ordered a five-part surveillance thriller called Viewpoint. The series follows a police surveillance investigation into a tight-knit Manchester community and explores whether it is ever possible to observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect. When beloved primary school teacher Gemma King vanishes into thin air, DC Martin Young decides…

ITV releases first teaser for series two of Liar

Series one of ITV’s Liar presented us with a did-he-didn’t-he rape storyline (spoiler: he did), and now the channel has teased the return of the show. The series, created by Harry and Jack Williams, and starring Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt, told the story of Laura Nielson, a smart and capable teacher in the middle…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E3/6)

We’re at the half-way stage of this good-looking true crime dramatisation, and surely the penny is going to drop soon to everyone – not just Stan (I miss times when people were called Stan) and Ann – that Bamber is the killer. At the end of episode two, we saw Ann find some a faulty…

BBC renews Baptiste for a second series

Tchéky Karyo will return as retired police investigator, Julien Baptiste, and will be joined by Fiona Shaw for a brand-new gripping case which will take viewers into Budapest’s secretive and corrupt underworld. Julien Baptiste is not the man we knew before. After enduring a horrific personal tragedy, Julien has pushed his wife Celia away and…

ITV orders new true crime dramatisation The Pembrokeshire Murders

ITV has ordered another true crime dramatisation. In The Pembrokeshire Murders, two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins (Luke Evans) decided to reopen both cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team found…

Channel 4 releases first trailer for Baghdad Central

One of the series we’re looking forward to is Channel 4’s Baghdad Central. The six-part series, based on the novel by Elliott Colla, is set in the Iraqi capital at the time of the American occupation at the start of the century. And now the channel has released a trailer. October 2003 and Baghdad has…

REVIEW: Deadwater Fell (S1 E2/4)

Last week’s opening episode of this four-part Channel 4 series was about as impactful and emotional as I’d seen for a while. The tale of a close-knit, small-town community in the stunning west of Scotland, we (and the members of that community) were catapulted into despair when the town’s local doctor’s house was razed to…

BBC announces stellar cast for Vigil

BBC One has announced a brand new six-part thriller from World Productions, the makers of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard. Written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge and boasts a stellar cast. The series will star Suranne Jones, Rose Leslie, Shaun Evans, Anjli Mohindra, Martin Compston, Paterson Joseph, Connor Swindells, Adam James, and Gary…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E2/6)

Episode one of ITV’s latest true-crime adaptation certainly looked the part – its bleached-out colour palette gave it that nostalgia-tinted feel, while the cinematography inside the doomed Bamber house was brilliantly nightmarish. The story itself – that of the murders of Sheila Caffell, her two children and Nevill and June Bamber on a farm in…

Britbox orders Father Brown spin-off, The Sister Boniface Mysteries

New streaming service, Britbox , has ordered The Sister Boniface Mysteries, a 10-episode drama revolving around the character of Sister Boniface ,who originally appeared in the first season of Father Brown. Lorna Watson is on-board to reprise her role as the sleuthing nun. The series has been commissioned for the US arm of BritBox and,…

ITV renews Vera for an 11th series

That venerable Sunday-night staple, ITV’s Vera, has renewed the show for an 11th series. Deadline reports that the announcement was made by star Brenda Blethyn at the Winter TCA Press Tour. The show stars Blethyn as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a middle-aged employee of the Northumberland & City Police, who plods along in a dishevelled…