Big Little Lies recommissioned for second series; Reese Witherspoon and Nicole onboard

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HBO’s Big Little Lies (it was shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK), has been one of the crime dramas of the year so far. The tale of affluent, Californian women in meltdown was a brilliant whodunit with each episode unpeeling the layers of feuds, insecurities and strained family relationships. It boasted a stellar cast (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern among them), and the news is this: it’s coming back for a second series.

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ITV confirms transmission date for Maigret

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Last year, ITV took the plunge and played out a feature-length Maigret on Christmas Day, which was a bit of a shocker actually. This year there’s another festive Maigret offering – the latest Rowan Atkinson-starring adaptation of Georges Simenon’s classics being Maigret Of Montmartre. It’s not going to Christmas Day this year, but it’s going to be pretty close. Continue reading

Mindhunter officially renewed for a second series by Netflix

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Joe Penhall and David Fincher’s serial killer drama-with-a-difference has been one of the highlights of the crime drama year. Starring Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross, and newcomer Cameron Britton, and set in the 1970s within the FBI’s nascent serial killer investigative unit, it was a thoughtful, uncomfortably intimate and sneakily brave drama series. Now news has reached us today that will make its many fans very happy indeed. Continue reading

ITV confirms transmission date for Bancroft

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We were hoping for a quiet-ish run up to Christmas, but the broadcasting gods have something else in store for us. The next cab off the rank is ITV’s Bancroft, which we wrote about some months ago. Sarah Parish leads the cast of the four-part crime drama, and we now know that it’s to be scheduled across four consecutive nights in a few weeks’ time.

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