Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders begins filming

The excitement was frothing a few weeks ago when it was announced that John Malkovich would play Agatha Christie’s super sleuth Hercule Poirot in Sarah Phelps’ fourth adaptation for the BBC. The three-part adaptation of The ABC Murders also stars Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome, Andrew Buchan as Franklin Clarke, Eamon Farren playing Cust, Tara Fitzgerald as Lady…

No new Happy Valley until ‘end of 2018 at the earliest’

It’s been a bumper news day for Sarah Lancashire fans. This morning we carried a story that the award-winning actress is set to appear in Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon, and now we get an update on the much-anticipated third series of Happy Valley. Radio Times reports that Executive Producer, Nicola Shindler, spoke at a Broadcasting…

Sarah Lancashire joins Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon

Last week we brought you news of Tom ‘Gianni Versace’ Rob Smith’s next project: an eight-part psychological thriller called MotherFatherSon for the BBC. The top-line news was that Richard Gere was to star alongside Helen McCrory, the US star’s first appearance on telly for a looooong time. Now we hear that the cast has been…

First trailer released for The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

There was much rejoicing when it was announced the Britbox – the US streaming service jointly created by the BBC and ITV – was to ressurect The Bletchley Circle, the ITV crime drama that ran for two series. This new incarnation is to be called The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco and is set, well… it…

REVIEW: A Very English Scandal (S1 E3/3)

A memory from youth that hangs like a bat in your reviewer’s mind is being taken to Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, to see the third Secret Policeman’s Ball in 1979 and witnessing the great Peter Cook in his pomp. And his extraordinary monologue ‘Entirely a Matter for You’ (check it out on YouTube) is obviously still indelibly imprinted…

Tin Star adds new cast members for second series

Tin Star, Sky’s expensive, entertaining-but-messy Canadian-set crime drama starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks is coming back for a second series, this time adding new cast members. The first series told the story of a British Police Officer, who becomes the New Chief of Police and moves his family to the Canadian Rockies. But as…

ITV cancels Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret

When the BBC entered into a new relationship with Agatha Christie Limited to produce new versions of the late author’s work, many wondered aloud what its rival, ITV, was going to do to fill the Golden Age-sizedhole the likes of Miss Marple and Poirot. It filled it with a new, ongoing adaptation of Georges Simenon’s Maigret…

Douglas Henshall reveals Shetland series five shooting date

Series four of Shetland has been one of our favourite crime series of the year so far. Douglas Henshall and co were terrific in the six-part story, which told the story of two murders – one a decades-old cold case and a new one – a man who was released from prison for a murder…

REVIEW: A Very English Scandal (S1 E2/3)

From this distance in time – especially in the age of social media when political reputations are made and dashed within a few tweets – it’s hard to imagine the kind of deference public figures could inspire in the 1960s, and only the newspaper cartoonists really had licence to lampoon. Hugh Grant’s glowering performance powerfully…

BBC announces new ‘psycho thriller’ from Tom Rob Smith

Another big announcement from the BBC today. Anyone who’s been following crime drama for the past few years that Tom Rob Smith is an exciting, fresh and invigorating new voice, and he’s the man who wrote the brilliant The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The BBC has announced that he has penned a…

New cast members for series two of Riviera

Series two of the opulent Sky series Riviera has begun filming, with the addition of new cast members. Series two sees returning cast members Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Roxane Duran and Dimitri Leonidas joined in the sun-soaked south of France by Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply), Poppy Delevingne (Kingsman: The Golden…

REVIEW: A Very English Scandal (S1 E1/3)

Back in 1970s when electronic newsgathering was still in its infancy and if you heard the phrase ‘Yew Tree cops’ it would just have evoked a woodland glade, ‘Rinkagate’ (aka the Thorpe Affair), threw the nation into a frenzy. No one could quite believe that the patrician and well-regarded Liberal Party leader and MP for…