Twenty-seventeen kicked off with a tense four-part thriller on BBC1 in the UK, based on Louise Doughty’s best-selling psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard. The BBC’s adaptation – co-written by Doughty and Amanda Coe – told the story of a scientist, Dr Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson), who seemed to have it all. When she started a torrid, illicit affair with the mysterious Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin), things went pear-shaped very quickly. The ambiguous ending seemed to be the end of the tale, but Doughty has now said that she’s working on a sequel.
What a treat for a grey, drizzly Monday morning (spring my arse) – Fargo has released a batch of new little teasers that warm the heart, raise a chuckle and whet the appetite for the imminent series three. And what delicious little treats they are. Fargo and its home network in the US – FX – do such a fantastic job of producing these little teasers, which are almost like little Fargo episodes in themselves. They show the Fargo world and give us what the show does best by mixing the macabre with the farcical. They’re brilliant, and they’re after the jump.
And still they keep on coming. Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your TV sets again, another Scandinavian series is set to hit our shores, thanks to the partnership between Channel 4 and Walter Presents. Not that we’re complaining, of course, because… well, we all love a bit of Scandi Noir. This one – from Norway – sounds interesting, not least because the show’s lead, Anneke von der Lippe, won an International Emmy for her performance.
Sean Bean’s The Frankenstein Chronicles came in at number 12 in our Top 15 list in 2015, and we knew that the horror/crime mash-up would be getting a second series. Bean starred as tormented river policemanJohn Marlott in late Georgian London, who got himself involved with Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein story. New details have emerged about filming schedules for the second series.
It’s official: we are all allowed to get ready for what promises another spectacular series of Line Of Duty. Series three was when Jed Mercurio’s anthology series about police corruption really was catapulted into the stratosphere, going from cult hit to mega-hit. So much so, series four will now play out on BBC1 in the UK in a primetime slot (you can see confirmation after the jump). If you need to catch up on things Netflix is currently playing series one to three. The show had its series four launch in London a week or so ago and I was there for it, and so was writer/director Jed Mecurio and star Vicky McClure, as well as this series new guest protagonist, Thandie Newton. Over the jump is a spoiler-free preview.
ITV’s adaptations of Ann Cleeves’s best-selling Vera Stanhope novels have attained national treasure status, largely thanks to the brilliant Brenda Blethyn in the lead role. Now the series is back for a seventh run, and Vera and her team are drawn into four new mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger left alone overnight on a remote and inaccessible island. ITV has announced the transmission date.
Not only is it a brilliant series, I just love the way US network FX stokes up publicity for its Coen brothers-influenced series, Fargo. More often than not, it releases the most intriguing and delicious little nugget-trailers. They don’t reveal much, but they’re so exquisitely made they set the mood perfectly. And, in fine Fargo style, FX has released a new teaser – no longer than 30 seconds, it still whets the appetite.