REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E3/6)

We’re at the half-way stage of this final series of Baptiste, and by the end of it my head was spinning after an incredibly savage massacre scene, big questions answered and a helluva twist. Before that, however, and you got the impression that it was a quieter episode with plenty of build-up. As it turned…

REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E2/6)

After last week’s intriguing and rather gripping first part of the story, I think it’s safe to say that Baptiste is well and truly back. Which is a good thing, because this second series really has the feel of series one of The Missing, where Julien Baptiste was first introduced and where we saw parent…

REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E1/6)

You could argue that Julien Baptiste is perhaps the forgotten man of British crime drama. Becoming a much-loved character in Harry and Jack Williams’ The Missing, he got his own spin-off series. But that was a disappointment, and The Missing first aired in 2014. We’re already two years on from the first series of Baptiste…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E3/4)

As Beck undergoes medical examination after collapsing, his team forges on without him – but dissension in the ranks and political interference threaten to derail the investigation of a murder.  Last week, Martin Beck had a funny turn on his balcony, and we’re not talking about barmy neighbour Grannen. So what’s the matter, and how…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E2/4)

If you like your Scandis miserable, this is the episode for you – between infant mortality, mental illness, drug addiction and senile degeneration, it’s got the lot.  In The Fall Guy, new man Josef, who only got his place on the team last week, is almost immediately suspended after a hostage situation goes wrong and…

REVIEW Yr Amgueddfa (S1 E6/6)

To say this Welsh series has had its twists and turns is a huge understatement. For five episodes now we’ve seen museum boss Della Howells pulled this way and that, from having an illicit affair with an apparently Tom Ripley-type character to finding out that her father was implicit in an art crime ring headed…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E1/4)

It’s been so long since we saw Beck (three years, in fact), that we were beginning to think that the Swedish cop’s semi-retirement had turned into a permanent situation. But here he is back again, for four feature-length dramas, and nothing much has changed.  Certainly we’re getting used to seeing a lot less of Beck…

REVIEW Yr Amguedffa (S1 E5/6)

I’m calling this now: Yr Amguedffa is the craziest, most fun, most bonkers crime drama you’ll see all year. Just when you think it’s going in one direction, it careers off onto another entirely unexpectedly. There’s some mad, warped genius behind this, and this episode – the penultimate pennod – revealed so much and then…

REVIEW Yr Amgueddfa (S1 E4/6)

After last week’s episode of Yr Amgeuddfa (episode three, I should say… S4C seems to have dropped a cheeky fourth episode in the middle of last week, before its regular Sunday-night slot) I needed a cold shower. The twists, and the turns and the revelations came thick and fast in a breathless crime drama tsunami….

REVIEW Yr Amgueddfa (S3 E3/6)

At the beginning of the middle episode of this series I began screaming at the television. By the end of it by I was saying “wow”, utterly breathless. After three episodes Yr Amgueddfa really did catch fire and suddenly became a must-watch, addictive affair where you couldn’t wait to see what happens next. And it…

REVIEW Time (S1 E3/3)

Jimmy McGovern’s Time has been a tough but compelling and extremely engrossing watch for two episodes, charting as it has two men’s stint inside an unforgiving prison: Mark Cobden, a prisoner who killed a man after driving home one night drunk, and Eric McNally, a prison guard forced into illegal activities to protect his son….