REVIEW: Wisting (S1 E9&10/10)

It was only a matter of time. I am, of course, referring to the three cases that were left precariously and simultaneously spinning on sticks by the end of episode eight. We had seen Wisting have a cosy chat with Haglund, who told the detective that he knew who had fitted him up and switched…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E3/6)

We’re at the half-way stage of this good-looking true crime dramatisation, and surely the penny is going to drop soon to everyone – not just Stan (I miss times when people were called Stan) and Ann – that Bamber is the killer. At the end of episode two, we saw Ann find some a faulty…

REVIEW: Wisting (S1 E7&8/10)

So far, Wisting has been a big ‘ole bag full of contradictions. On the one hand we have a perfectly solid Scandi Noir, propelled by procedural fun and games, often with two investigations in play simultaneously; one by William Wisting himself and the other by his daughter, journalist Line. Which is fine. I like that…

REVIEW: Deadwater Fell (S1 E2/4)

Last week’s opening episode of this four-part Channel 4 series was about as impactful and emotional as I’d seen for a while. The tale of a close-knit, small-town community in the stunning west of Scotland, we (and the members of that community) were catapulted into despair when the town’s local doctor’s house was razed to…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E2/6)

Episode one of ITV’s latest true-crime adaptation certainly looked the part – its bleached-out colour palette gave it that nostalgia-tinted feel, while the cinematography inside the doomed Bamber house was brilliantly nightmarish. The story itself – that of the murders of Sheila Caffell, her two children and Nevill and June Bamber on a farm in…

REVIEW: Wisting (S1 E5&6/10)

I wondered last week whether Wisting – the 10-part Norwegian series – will spin the Line kidnap storyline out for another 10 episodes, or whether, because there were a full six episodes left, she would shuffle off this mortal coil quite quickly. Just before Christmas, we saw that Sarah Phelps had melded two Tana French…

REVIEW: Deadwater Fell (S1 E1/4)

Full disclosure: I was lucky enough to see the first episode of this series on a big screen at its launch, and I can tell you now the impact of watching something like this on a big screen left many in the audience jumping out of their seat and visibly drained when they left the…

REVIEW: Wisting (S1 E3&4/10)

The opening two episodes of Norwegian series, Wisting, was a welcome to return to form for the BBC Four, Saturday-night slot, and a very welcome slice of new Nordic Noir on these winter nights. I’ve been busy compiling our end-of-year charts and countdowns, but now it’s back to the grindstone and our meat and potatoes…

REVIEW: Wisting (S1 E1&2/10)

After a dominant decade, the Nordic Noir star has faded somewhat, with the region struggling to come up with something to match the perfection of The Killing and The Bridge. But hopes were high for Wisting, a 10-part Norwegian series reckoned to be one of the most expensive in the country’s history, and based on…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E1/6)

ITV is making a habit of trotting out very well-made adaptations of true crime stories. Last year, we had Manhunt, starring Martin Clunes, and later in the year, we had the excellent A Confession, featuring Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton and Siobhan Finneran. Both were grimly fascinating stories well told. But as regular readers of this…

REVIEW: Craith (S2 E6/6)

With Mia on the run, Connor attempting to take his own life and Lee in custody, the gang who had been causing havoc in and around the mist-shrouded streets of Blaenau Ffestiniog, as well as its surrounding woods, roads and quarries, looked for all the world as though it had finally been cornered; their ever-violent…