REVIEW: Fortitude (S3 E1/4)

Fortitude, one of the creepiest and least predictable series on TV, returns for a short final run – and the only thing we can say for sure, is that no-one will be able to say for sure what’s going to happen. A twisted cross between The X-Files, Lost and Twin Peaks, Fortitude has always been an emotionally draining viewing…

REVIEW: Beck (S7 E4/4)

Could this be the last roll of the dice for Beck? With Alex firmly in charge of the team, and Steinar doing most of the footwork, what is left for the old warhorse to contribute? Both in terms of fictional drama and TV reality, this series finale could mark an end to Beck’s run. Most…

REVIEW: Trust (S1 E10/10)

Consequences – that’s what Trust is all about. In this concluding episode we find out what happens after most crime drama stops – when the ransom has been paid and the kidnappee returned. The fallout is more than a family affair – with the Getty billions at stake, there were always going to be historic…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E9/9)

“There’s no fixin’ this world, is there?” This second series of David Simon and George Pelecanos’s The Deuce has been an extraordinary thrill ride, with characters inhabiting this filthy, grotty, alive neighbourhood of 1970s New York City struggling against the push and pull of identity, stereotype and psychogeography. When it comes to series finales, you’d…

REVIEW: Beck (S7 E2/4)

Behind the scenes at a boys’ ice hockey club, tensions are festering; a parent argues with the coach, and resentment against refugee pupils grows. But when popular coach Simon Lindstrom is found stabbed to death, there’s no initial indication of whodunnit, or why. The first of Beck’s cases with him in the role of superintendent…

REVIEW: Dark Heart (S1 E3&4/6)

And now we get to the real nitty gritty in Dark Heart, Chris Lang’s adaptation of Adam Creed’s Staffe novels. After last week’s re-shoot of the pilot episode, this second two-part story was the first real ‘new’ episode, and I was interested to see how things had moved on since that original pilot. Hal was…

REVIEW: Trust (S1 E9/10)

With Paul’s ear off, and the ransom deal back on, we’re moving towards the climax of the tale; but there are twists yet to come, extraordinarily emotive moments, and not a few surprises in this convoluted saga of money and familial distrust. John Paul Getty III himself it was, if we are to believe it,…

HBO releases new True Detective III trailer

One of the crime drama heavyweights waiting in the wings for early 2019 is True Detective III, Nicolas Pizzolatto’s crime anthology. It’s due to be releases in the US on HBO on 13th January, and the hope is it will follow very soon after in the UK on Sky Atlantic. Here’s a brand-new trailer: Playing out…