REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E5&6/6)

In three short weeks we’ve reached the conclusion to this third series of Cardinal – and whilst it’s not lived up to the standard set by its debut season, the show remains an enjoyable experience as a solid police procedural. Much of these last two episodes were more concerned with the second-string story around the…

5USA acquires Jason Priestley crime drama Private Eyes

We’re slap-bang in the middle of Cardinal, the Canadian crime drama that follows the Scandi Noir blueprint closely. Now we’re set to get another Canadian crime drama that follows a more traditional, mismatched pairing template, starring Jason Priestley. READ MORE: OUR REVIEWS OF CARDINAL Private Eyes is set in Toronto and follows ex-pro hockey player…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E3&4/6)

We’re already halfway through the new season of Cardinal and things are just starting to heat up, with the dynamics of family life once again at the forefront of these episodes. One family that seems to be forged from fractured lives is that of Sharlene ‘Mama’ Winston and her brood of runaways. But Mama’s not…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E1&2/6)

We welcome back Cardinal to the BBC’s Saturday night crime slot for its much-anticipated third season, having concluded its original Canadian run in March. The series follows on directly from the shocking conclusion of the second season, this time merging elements from author Giles Blunt’s novels By The Time You Read This and Crime Machine….

BBC Four announces transmission date for series three of Cardinal

Arguably Canada’s most successful crime series, Cardinal, is on its way back to BBC Four. Starring Billy Campbell as John Cardinal, series two left us with Cardinal discovering the suicide of his wife, Catherine (Deborah Hay). It’s autumn in this year’s six-episode third series that returns to Algonquin Bay as Cardinal and his partner, Lise…

Alibi confirms Murdoch Mysteries transmission date

Murdoch Mysteries is one of those very watchable, Golden Age-era crime shows that has a touch of the Sherlock Holmes and Ripper Street about it. Starring Yannick Bisson as the titular detective in early 20th century Toronto, and based on novels by Maureen Jennings, it sees William Murdoch use up-and-coming forensics techniques and an unconventional approach,…

Frankie Drake Mysteries makes January Alibi return

UKTV channel Alibi seems to have cornered the market in Golden Age Canadian dramas. Not only does the channel broadcast Murdoch Mysteries in the UK, but it began to show Frankie Drake Mysteries last year. Now series two is just around the corner. The series is set in stylish 1920s Toronto, and follows female-only agency…

5USA confirms transmission date for The Detail

Look out, there’s a new Canadian cop show coming. Not only that, it’s a remake of Sally Wainwright’s Scott & Bailey. The Detail centres on three fiercely talented female homicide investigators who work tirelessly to solve crimes while navigating the complicated demands of their personal lives. Detective Stevie Hall is an experienced interrogator who can extricate…

Jessica Lucas to star in new Canadian crime drama

Jessica Lucas is better known to many as Tabitha Galivan (or Tigress) in Gotham, the Batman prequel series. Now the Canadian actress has landed a role much closer to home. The Canadian series, The Murders, will air in its native country next year and has eight parts. Kate Jameson (Lucas) is a rookie homicide detective who…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E5&6/6)

So after just three short weeks we wrap up Black Fly Season, the second series of Canadian crime drama Cardinal. It does make me wonder if it had been extended out to an episode a week rather than the traditional BBC4 double-up if I would have had the patience to persist with what has been…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E3&4/6)

It was a slow start to Black Fly Season last week, the second series of well-regarded Canadian crime drama Cardinal. The tale of warring drug gangs with an amnesiac victim at the core of it didn’t initially ignite my interest as much as the first season’s story, but the show is always solid fun to…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E1&2/6)

The Canadian crime drama returns to the much-coveted BBC4 weekend evening slot after a well-received first season last year. Subtitled Black Fly Season, the show reunites the sleuthing duo of Detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, last seen on UK screens in Modus as the POTUS First Gentleman) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) on another grisly…