Exclusive interview: Thomas Coombes, Save Me

I’ve been enjoying Save Me – Lennie James’s Sky Atlantic urban noir – but I’m not entirely sure that ‘enjoying’ is the right word. It has been one of the most difficult series I’ve ever watched, and after such an intriguing and jovial start, too. The series finale is tomorrow night (Wednesday 4th April), and…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sian Reese-Williams, Craith

One episode in and S4C’s Craith looks set to be the next Welsh-language hit. Its star, Sian Reese-Williams, appeared in other S4C crime drama stalwarts Y Gwyll/Hinterland and 35 Diwrnod, but here she’s the driving force of the show, playing DI Cadi John. Craith has everything you expect from the burgeoning Welsh-language crime drama subgenre, and it…

Interview: Christina Hendricks, Tin Star

Sky Atlantic’s Tin Star, which starts this week, Tim Roth stars as recovering alcoholic Jim Worth, a British cop adjusting to the quiet life in the Canadian Rockies after moving from London to the quaint, picturesque town of Little Big Bear with his family – his wife Angela, teenage daughter Anna, and five-year-old son Petey. As…

Interview: Tim Roth, Tin Star

The one thing I forgot to put into this week’s top 10 crime dramas was Sky Atlantic’s brand-new series, Tin Star. Tim Roth stars as recovering alcoholic Jim Worth, a British cop adjusting to the quiet life in the Canadian Rockies after moving from London to the quaint, picturesque town of Little Big Bear with his…

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Aida Folch, I Know Who You Are

BBC4’s Spanish thriller I Know Who You Are is a sensational helter-skelter thrill ride of a series and, as we’re approaching episodes five and six, we’re still none the wiser as to whether lawyer Juan Elías is suffering from amnesia or not or whether he has murdered his niece, Ana Saura. The series – Sé…

Interview: Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake: China Girl

Saying Elisabeth Moss is doing good work at the moment is like saying chocolate is only quite nice. Since mad Men, Moss has starred in series one of Top The Lake – Jane Campion’s dream-like New Zealand-set crime drama – and, more recently, the astonishing and harrowing The Handmaid’s Tale. Now she’s back for series…

Interview: MyAnna Buring, In The Dark

This coming Tuesday night, BBC One broadcasts the first episode of In The Dark, Danny Brocklehurst’s four-part adaptation of Mark Billingham’s two Helen Weeks stand-alone books (Time Of Death and In The Dark). It’s good stuff, with Ripper Street’s MyAnna Buring taking the lead role (her first lead role maybe in a TV series? I’ll…

Interview: Becky Brunning, Broadchurch

One of the most intriguing new characters in the ongoing third series of Broadchurch is Lindsay Lucas; that seemingly timid, downtrodden wife of major-league arsehole Clive, who has been dishing out mental abuse for years. Lindsay’s character just rings true and many women, I suspect, will be able to empathise with her – being in…

Interview: Vicky McClure, Line Of Duty

As if you didn’t know already, the fourth series of Line Of Duty starts back up on Sunday (Sunday 26th March), and before we leap back onto the rollercoaster again let’s take a pause for breath and see what some of the stars are saying about it. I’m a big fan of Vicky McClure –…

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

Series seven of Vera starts tonight (Sunday 19th March) on ITV in the UK, and, as ever, it showcases the talents of one of Britain’s finest actors – Brenda Blethyn. Adapted from crime writing legend Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope novels, the series has become a bit of a Sunday-night institution. Series seven starts when Vera…

Interview: Olivia Colman, Broadchurch

Olivia Colman is, as we all know, one of the UK’s leading actresses. It almost doesn’t need to be said. But she’s so brilliant in everything she puts her mind to – comedy, drama (I still can’t get her performance in Paddy Considine’s harrowing Tyrannsaurus out of my mind), you name it. There’s just something…

Interview: David Tennant, Broadchurch

As well know, one of the heavy hitters of British crime drama is back on our screens next week. Broadchurch, especially that gut-wrenching, incredible first series, has become a real phenomenon – Chris Chibnall’s scripts have been amazing, and it has really benefitted from having a brilliant cast, not least that central pairing of David…