REVIEW: Vera (S9 E2/4)

While Vera often tackles gritty subjects, it’s rarely topical; but the themes of this episode, Cuckoo, are torn straight from today’s headlines. How will DCI Vera Stanhope deal with the realities of gang warfare in the run-down county towns of the north?  The camera drone gets plenty of use in this episode, as sweeping overhead…

Report: Series two of Craith to begin production next month

We’ve been waiting for confirmation from S4C on whether there will be a series two of Craith (Hidden), the Welsh-language crime drama set in Snowdonia that proved to be a huge hit with readers of this site. From the makers of Y Gwyll (Hinterland), it featured Sian Reese-Williams as DI Cadi John, who, with DS Owen…

Trom: the first ever Faroe Islands crime drama

We’ve seen crime dramas based all across the Nordic region – Iceland, Finland, and Scandinavian countries Sweden, Denmark and Norway – as well the Shetland Islands. The only places we haven’t seen any crime dramas set in are Greenland and the Faroe Islands. All that is about to change. Nordisk Film & TV Fond reports…

Matthew Rhys to star in Perry Mason reboot

We’ve been following the story of HBO Perry Mason origin story series (read out original story here), but now things seem to have settled down: not only do we have a star, but we have an idea what it might look like. The Americans’ award-winning star, British actor Matthew Rhys, has been pegged to star…

Julia Roberts leaves Homecoming

It was a big deal when Oscar-winning actress, Julia Roberts, announced that she would be making her TV debut in Amazon Prime’s thriller series, Homecoming. The show itself got to number 11 in our Best Crime Dramas Of 2018, and was critically praised all over the place. Now we’re hearing that, for series two, Roberts…

The Hypnotist’s Love Story to be made for television

Liane Moriarty’s best-selling thriller, The Hypnotist’s Love Story is to be made for television, with Heather Graham taking one of the lead roles. US network, ABC, is behind the adaptation. Hypnotherapist Ellen is fascinated by what makes people tick. So when she falls in love with Patrick, the fact that he has a stalker doesn’t…

Amazon release trailer for Kate Beckinsale drama The Widow

Yes, we’ve got our first look at the eight-part ITV drama thanks to Amazon, which is handling streaming rights outside of the UK. Written by Harry and Jack Williams, The Widow looks like a high-octane missing person thriller set here in the UK and in Africa.  Kate Beckinsale plays Georgia Wells, who has her life…

Stella Blómkvist to hit Sundance Now in April

Poldark star, Heida Reed, confirmed on her Instagram account a few days ago that Stella Blómkvist – the much-anticipated Icelandic series from Viaplay – would come to the UK. Now we know where and when. Sundance Now streaming service has added Stella Blómkvist to its global canon of crime dramas (see here), and has slated an April premiere…

New Finnish series All The Sins coming in 2019

Finnish crime drama is picking up the pace. Last week we brought you news of series three of Bordertown, (here) and now we’re hearing of a new series that’s set to hot the TV festival circuit in competition. All The Sins (Kaikki synnit) begins in classic Nordic Noir with a body winched upside down in a barn…

Heida Reed: Stella Blómkvist coming to the UK

Icelandic crime series, Stella Blomkvist, has been around for a while, but so far it hasn’t made its way to the UK. Now it seems someone has bought it. According to star Heida Reed’s own Instagram account, the series is on its way, but no broadcaster has been announced. Could it be BBC Four? Or…

Alibi acquires Australian series Bite Club

UKTV channel, Alibi, has gone back to Australia for its next UK acquisition. Bite Club follows two detectives who, after surviving a shark attack, join forces to hunt the ultimate predator, the serial killer who is also hunting them. The series stars Dominic Monaghan, Todd Lasance, Ash Ricardo, Damian Walshe-Howling, Deborah Mailman, Robert Mammone, Pia Miller, Marny…