First Look: Save Me, Sky Atlantic

Sky Atlantic’s six-part thriller, Save Me, starts next week (Wednesday 28th February), and there was a screening at London’s BAFTA building in Piccadilly last night. Written by and starring Lennie James – and also starring Stephen Graham and Suranne Jones, among others – it’s set in and around a south London housing estate, and features…

First Look: Modus series 2

Last year;s first series of Modus was… well, you can read the reviews to what we thought about it (here). But the news that series two of the Swedish crime drama had drafted in big names like Kim Cattrall, Greg Wise and Bill Campbell but us all sit up and take notice. The series is set…

First Look: Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, BBC One

Well, I’m back from my little break and slowly but surely I’m catching up with the things that I’ve missed this week. Last night I went along to the BFI Southbank to watch the first episode of the first of the eagerly-awaited BBC adaptations of JK Rowling’s (or Robert Galbraith’s) Cormoran Strike novels. The first,…

First Look: Sweden’s Before We Die

Innan vi dör (Before We Die) is the new big crime series on Swedish public service channel SVT. Of course, it’s not a given that every Scandinavian crime series will be exported to the UK, but as this one is showing a good amount of potential after two episodes, let’s have a look at what’s…

First Look: Midnight Sun (Sweden)

I’m aware this site wouldn’t normally do something like this (extensively preview a show that hasn’t been signed by a UK broadcaster) but Midnight Sun sounds so intriguing and could be the next big Nordic thing. With all that in mind and being a resident in Sweden, I wanted to at least see what it was…

First Look: The Fall, season three

During its two previous series, The Fall has proved itself to be quite unlike any other crime drama on television. Yes, it has all our favourite procedural elements, characters that kind of fit into familiar archetypes, but what sets it apart is the two main characters – DCI Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson) and…

First Look: Luther

Luther is one of the UK’s premium-brand crime dramas and one of the country’s most successful global exports. It has helped to solidify Idris Elba’s status as a household name and as a CILF (work it out yourself), but more importantly it has introduced us to another angry detective, Neil Cross’s creation involving himself in…

First Look: The Bridge III, Sofia Helin and Hans Rosenfeldt Q&A

I mentioned in a previous story that Bridge showrunner, Hans Rosenfeldt, has been a busy fellow recently, launching the third series of The Bridge in his native Sweden and across Europe, starting the process of his new British-based crime drama, Marcella, for ITV, and now launching The Bridge III in the UK. Rosenfeldt was present…

First Look: Arthur & George, ITV

Last week I went to ITV to watch a screening of Arthur & George – the network’s three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’s best-selling novel. I haven’t read the book, but I was aware of the premise – in the wake of his wife’s death, Sherlock creator Arthur Conan Doyle takes on a case of his…

Six Must-see new US crime dramas this autumn

  The nights are drawing in, which can only mean one thing. It’s autumn. Or fall if you’re American. It also means that here’s a new batch of crime dramas about to start in the US, which will inevitable make their way over to the UK at some point in the future. That’s two things. With a…

First Look: Hinterland, BBC4

There was an article in a recent edition of The Independent, where the paper’s excellent TV correspondent, Gerard Gilbert, made the proclamation, “Step aside Scandi thrillers, here comes Wales“, in reference to a new four-part Welsh series called Hinterland. Having seen the first few episodes I’m not sure we’re not sure we’d go that far…

First Look: Fargo, Channel 4

We’re back to one of those other series again. One of those series that people like us and people in the media will bombard you with – you must watch this ad infinitum. But Fargo, at least the first episode of which, is well worth the hype and demands you throw your family out on…