Review: The Thrill Of Love, Saturday 5th November, BBC Radio 4

One show I forgot to mention in last week’s 10 Best Crime Dramas Of The Week was this radio play, The Thrill Of Love. We don’t cover nearly enough radio crime dramas here at The Killing Times, which is a shame because radio is perhaps my favourite medium. But… when I saw that this new,…

Review: Dead Clever (S1 E1-5/5), BBC Radio 4

For superb Scottish crime author Val McDermid, Dead Clever represents her second radio drama after last year’s Deadheading. Fitting snugly into Radio 4’s 15 Minute Drama slot, McDermid showcased her deftness in the genre, as well as all the warmth and humour we’ve come to expect and admire about her. That first instalment in the Dead……

Val McDermid’s Dead Clever now available on iPlayer

Radio crime drama is something we’ve neglected a bit lately (quite a lot if I’m being honest), but when one pops up in the 15 Minute Drama slot on BBC Radio 4 that’s written by the ever-terrific Val McDermid, you have to sit up and take notice. The first episode of Dead Clever is now…

Review: The Rivals (S3 E1/4), Wednesday 31st December, BBC Radio 4

A very happy New Year to all our readers – your support for the site has ensured a successful first year and, hopefully, 2015 will see The Killing Times expand and deliver more content to you. I can’t thank you enough. But as 2014 ended a new, four-part radio drama made sure that we ended…

Get your Sherlock fix on Radio 4 this Christmas

Last year we were treated to some new Sherlock on TV, but this year, as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman struggled to find time to fit any more new episodes of the updated and snappy series into their busy schedules, this year’s festive period is a little bit barren when it comes to crime drama….

Benedict Cumberbatch to return as Rumpole on BBC Radio 4

Oh why not. Let’s make it a hattrick of stories that celebrate The Cumberbatch and all his many talents (mostly acting). The couple of posts today have been altogether quite Sherlocky in nature, but this one is all about Benedict, or ‘Benedict’ as we like to call him. The news is this: he’s returning to BBC Radio 4 this…

Review: The Mysterious Death Of Jane Austen (E1/5), Radio 4, Monday 24th February

Tucked away in the final quarter of Women’s Hour this morning (Monday 24th February) was the first 15-minute episode of a five-part drama that supposed something that, if ever proven correct, would send shockwaves through the literary and cultural worlds – that one of Britain’s favourite and most enduring novelists, Jane Austen, died at the hands…

Review: Craven Omnibus, BBC Radio 4 Extra

Maxine Peake is and has always been one of our most watchable actresses. She’s one of those rare talents where you just know that anything she appears in will be good, and usually really good. For six series of Craven she’s ably transferred her visual acting prowess to radio, and her portrayal of the driven DCI…

Preview: McLevy returns!

We’ve had a few Victorian-era detectives on our airwaves – you might have heard of Sherlock, and there’s the underrated Murdoch Mysteries over on Alibi – and McLevy is one of the best. Based on the real-life detective and author James McLevy, who patrolled the parish of Leith in Edinburgh in the mid-1800s. His speciality…