REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E5&6/6)

Cardinal has always been a bit of an outlier in the crime drama world; it’s a show that has shifted through a number of different styles but never seemed to really feel comfortable in any one of them. A touch of Nordic Noir there, some high concept villains there; a dash of police procedural and…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E3&4/6)

We’ve already reached the half-way point in this final season of Cardinal without even really trying and boy, it hasn’t hung about. These two episodes packed more action into their running time then the last two seasons combined, and whether this increase in tempo is preferential toward the show’s overall style remains to be seen….

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E1&2/6)

Cardinal returns for it’s fourth and final series this week, with a few immediate differences – a new home (BBC Two), a new slot (midweek prime-time) and (it feels) a new sense of narrative purpose after a somewhat meandering, directionless third season. This time around, the story is based on originating author Giles Blunt’s sixth…

Frankie Drake Mysteries renewed for a third series

Canadian period crime drama – Frankie Drake Mysteries – has been green-lit for a third series by the show’s home broadcaster, CBC, and the UK’ co-production partner Alibi. Frankie Drake Mysteries is set in 1920s Toronto and follows the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to…

Cardinal: BBC Two confirms series four transmission date

We’ve heard whispers in the wind for a while now that the fourth and final series of Canadian crime drama, Cardinal, might well be moving channels and that it was imminent. Now we know both of these things are true. Cardinal – starring Billy Campbell, Karine Vanass – is set in the town of Algonquin…

Murdoch Mysteries renewed for a 14th series

It looks as though one of the more watchable and enjoyable period crime dramas – Murdoch Mysteries – is coming back for more. Based on the novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries is set at the turn of the 20th century and revolves around Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson)  of the Toronto constabulary, who uses…

Cardinal releases first trailer from final series

It’s a little way off from British shores, but Canadian crime series, Cardinal, is gearing up for its final series in its native country. Series one followed Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanassee) as they join forces to hunt down a killer in a small Northern Ontario town. Adapted from author…

Alibi confirms transmission date for series three of Frankie Drake Mysteries

Canadian series Frankie Drake Mysteries is set in 1920s Toronto and follows the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch. The period crime drama series stars Lauren Lee Smith, Chantel Riley, Rebecca Liddiard, Sharron Matthews, Wendy Crewson and Grace Lynn Kung. The third season of Frankie…

Canadian TV developing The Hardy Boys TV series

We’ve had a new Nancy Drew series and now we’re getting a Hardy Boys series. Based on Edward Stratemeyer’s bestselling classic children’s books, the mystery-drama features the principal characters in their teen years. After the tragic death of their mother, Frank Hardy, 16, and his brother Joe, 12, are moved from the big city to their…

Virgin Media picks up Canadian series Pure

Virgin Media has acquired the Canadian series Pure and premiered it yesterday Virgin TV Ultra HD today (Thursday 31st October). Created by Michael Amo, Pure tells the story of Noah Funk a newly-elected Mennonite pastor, who is determined to rid his community of the scourge of drugs and its nefarious ties to a trans-border smuggling alliance with…

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…