Right, it’s back to business. We’ve had Sherlock to kick 2017 off in big, thrillery style and this week is jam-packed full of new crime dramas. But it’s not just this week that’s jam-packed with stuff, oh no. The whole bloody year looks as though it’ll be rammed with crime drama. So I’ve scoured the internet and asked some of my contacts for the lowdown on what we can expect. And what can we expect? Lots and lots and lots. You’ll find over 30 crime dramas over the jump, some with estimated transmission dates (don’t hold me to many of them, please) and the one thing you can say about 2017 is that there will be some HUGE – some of the genre’s real big hitters – making a return. Strap yourselves in because you may as well sack off family, friends any kind f social life you had planned.
OK, so we’ve had our say and now it’s your turn. Putting lists together is always fun, but what’s also fun is discussing the aftermath and letting you have your say on your favourites. We obviously voted Trapped as the best of the bunch this year, but you might have different ideas. So, after the jump there’s a poll, where you can vote for your favourites.
Just reading through the first 10 picks in our annual Top 15 Crime Dramas of year, it really hits you just how high the standard has been this year. Already we’ve had some of the heavy hitters of British crime drama, which means – I hope – that our top five is something really special. What makes these final five so special? It’s a subjective business, of course, but for us the very best crime drama manages to infuse a compelling mystery and detection process with stories of the human condition, and we really think this final batch of brilliant series managed to strike that perfect balance between the two. Read on for the top five, but don’t worry – I’ll give you the chance to vote for your favourites tomorrow.
Yesterday, I kicked off the countdown that every self-respecting, discerning crime drama fan had been waiting for (well, two of you): The Killing Times’ Top 15 Crime Dramas Of 2016. This year has seen an incredible variety of crime dramas, and numbers 15-11 reflected that: there was a horror/crime mash-ups, dramas based on real, true-life stories, and even a good, old-fashioned whodunit. So what’s next, and who makes the top 10? Read on!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the internet again, here’s another list to add to the many that are floating about at this time of the year. Unlike other sites, I like to leave our selections right until the very end of the year because there’s always a few nuggets over the festive period that deserve consideration. And, like last year, there were one or two series in December that were stunners. But not only December – the whole year was littered with fantastic, varied crime dramas: some were procedural, some were psychological, some were whodunity, and some were even a mixture of everything… the sheer variety of fare on offer within the genre was sometimes breathtaking and the overall standard was very high. So we need to get going. Strap yourselves in, here it comes…
I make no bones about it – this is always one of my favourite posts of the year. I’ve been lucky enough to have attended some really great crime fiction events this year and, along the way, I’ve met some lovely people and great writers. It’s always interesting to hear what they think about crime drama – some because they have their books optioned, but mostly because they also love good crime stories in whatever medium. So once again I’ve tapped up a few of the writers I admire and whose work I like to share with us their favourite crime dramas of the year. ‘Tis the season, after all.
Iceland. It’s hard to believe I’m here. I’ve wanted to come to the island for a very long time, and here, sitting in my Airbnb apartment in the heart of Reykjavik, it’s still strange to think I’m really here. As readers of this site will know I’m a sucker for a crime literature festival, and I’ve reported from places like Bristol and Harrogate before. Why? Because the two mediums are closely connected, often one feeding the other. You never know which novel will next be adapted into a TV series, and, well, it’s just fun, interesting and often inspiring to hear talented people talk about their craft. But now I’m in Iceland – for its very own crime literature festival, Iceland Noir – and there are two days full of amazing guests to listen to.