REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E5/7)

Honestly? Is it even worth writing reviews for Line Of Duty anymore? Things are happening so quickly, the revelations coming so thick and fast, and the amount of callbacks and returning characters so dizzying and so manifest that’s it difficult to really know where you are. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The sheer…

Viewpoint on ITV: When is it on?

And we’re on to the next one. After the successes of Unforgotten and Too Close, ITV is set to roll out its next crime thriller, Viewpoint in the coming weeks. Based on an idea by Fleabag and Emmy award-winning director, Harry Bradbeer and co-created and written by Edgar award-winner Ed Whitmore, the five-part drama follows a tense…

REVIEW Too Close (S1 E3/3)

“Why aren’t the streets full of wrecked people?” Many people judge the endings of thrillers as an overall gauge of what a whole series is like. What is the big reveal like? Is there a killer twist? Is there a happy ending for the main characters? When it comes to ITV three-parter, Too Close, all…

REVIEW Too Close (S1 E1/3)

After becoming fully immersed in the breakneck thrill ride of Line Of Duty, I was looking forward to a more intimate, slow-burn affair with three-part ITV series, Too Close. Starring the fabulous Emily Watson and Denise Gough, the series is stripped over three nights this week, and it really did make for a disturbing but…

Mother Of God! DCS Patricia Carmichael returns to Line Of Duty this week!

Say what you want about Line Of Duty, it knows how to keep people talking. The BBC One crime drama dropped the news that DCS Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) would be returning to the show in this Sunday’s episode. Head of AC-9, Carmichael delighted in interrogating Ted Hastings in series five, before her case…

REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E4/7)

I copped a bit of flak last week for my summation that episode three of Line Of Duty was a bit a lacklustre and edging into too-ridiculous-to-take-seriously territory. I still stand by that, but I’m pleased to say that this week’s instalment was bang on, back-to-form and did what Line Of Duty does best and…

ITV recommissions McDonald & Dodds for a third series

ITV has commissioned a third series of detective drama McDonald & Dodds. Starring Tala Gouveia as DCI McDonald and Jason Watkins as DS Dodds, the third series will comprise three new murder mysteries for the pair to solve. Jason Watkins commented about the new run: “I’m delighted to be returning to Bath for the third series…

Ann Cleeves’ The Long Call cast announced

Ann Cleeves’ latest best-selling series, this time set in north Devon, is coming to ITV soon. And now we know who will star in The Long Call. Our Girl and Fleabag actor Ben Aldridge is set to take the leading role as DI Matthew Venn, while Juliet Stevenson playing Matthew Venn’s mother, Dorothy and Martin Shaw as the…

BBC Four: Channel WILL continue to show crime drama acquisitions

Fans of BBC Four descended into panic mode earlier on this week when it was revealed that the channel would cease to commission any new shows. According to The Guardian newspaper, the channel would “cease commissioning new programmes and become an archive-focused channel as part of the ongoing significant cost-cutting drive across the corporation”. The…

Too Close on ITV: When is it on?

Too Close on ITV is set to be next big crime launch on the channel, and boasts a cracking trailer as well as a stellar cast. And now we know when it’s on. The three-part series focuses on the compelling and dangerous relationship between forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson) who is assigned to…

Unforgotten recommissioned for a fifth series by ITV

Unforgotten fans where left in emotional limbo last night, when the death of Cassie Stuart caused them to weep openly, as well as hope and pray for a new, fifth series. And now ITV has confirmed that Chris Lang will be back for a fifth run of the outstanding British crime drama. Furthermore, ITV said…

REVIEW Line Of Duty (S6 E2/7)

The all-new sixth series of Line Of Duty kicked off last week not with its customary bang, but more of an intriguing simmerer of a set-up that promised more explosive moments down the line. And in this second episode, you could say the same – there were callbacks aplenty, and also the first appearance of…