REVIEW: Spiral (S7 E3&4/10)

Following a couple of low-key opening episodes – give or take the shocking murder of Chief Inspector Herville – le plot thickens in Spiral as we find out more about Herville’s secrets, the mysterious pile of money, and the gang behind the murder. With over €300,000 in cash kicking around, one wonders whether any of…

REVIEW: Giri/Haji (S1 E1/8)

Created by Humans’ Joe Barton and produced by the same company who made Chernobyl, to say Anglo-Japanese crime drama Giri/Haji was eagerly awaited is like saying chocolate is quite nice. I’m a huge lover of the Japanese aesthetic and the country’s culture, so when it was announced that this was coming, I could hardly contain…

REVIEW: Dublin Murders (S1 E2/8)

After last night’s strong start to this multi-layered whodunit, it was established that police officer Rob Riley (Killian Scott) had a hidden past – after the discovery of 13-year-old Katy Devlin in a woodland glade in the present day, it was established that it was also the site of another tragedy 20 years earlier, that…

REVIEW: Spiral (S7 E1&2/12)

Zut alors! So Spiral (or as we like to think of it in the original French, Engrenages), is back for a seventh run, after the usual agonising delay and rumours that this would be the final series (since quashed by announcements that series eight is in production). We always loved Spiral for the way it looks at the justice system as…

REVIEW: The Capture (S1 E6/6)

One of the things I’ve been thinking about while watching and reviewing The Capture – BBC One’s very good six-part conspiracy/tech thriller – is why it has terrified so many people, not least myself. We watch crime dramas all the time, and often they have monsters and serial killers and sadists and psychopaths in them….

REVIEW: A Confession (S1 E6/6)

For five weeks now, we’ve followed the lives of the Fulcher, O’Callaghan/Pickford and Godden/Edwards families. Each extraordinary on their own right and suffering from different types of trauma – that of humiliation and a career destroyed, and that of losing a daughter in the most heinous way possible. I’ve let my feelings be known about…

REVIEW: A Confession (S1 E5/6)

It’s time for me to catch up with A Confession, ITV’s retelling of the story of DS Steve Fulcher, a murderer, Christopher Halliwell, and two of his victims – Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden – as well as seismic trauma suffered by the victims’ families. So far, we’ve seen Fulcher catch a killer by unconventional…

BBC One confirms transmission date for Dublin Murders

One of the things we have been looking forward to in the autumn is the Sarah Phelps-adapted series, Dublin Murders. Based on Tana French Dublin Murder Squad novels, it’s an eight-part series. Here’s a trailer. In the summer of 2006, Rob Reilly (Killian Scott), a smart suited homicide detective and his partner Cassie (Sarah Greene)…

REVIEW: The Capture (S1 E5/6)

Holy balls. If I tried to explain everything that happened in tonight’s episode, I would probably have to do it twice – one to explain it to you and one to explain it to myself. The riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma began to finally unravel tonight. No, scratch that. It fairly tumbled…

REVIEW: The Capture (S1 E4/6)

This is the episode that The Capture turned into The Matrix. Yes, you heard me correctly. The Matrix. Before we get to that proclamation, there was some stuff to get through. A lot of stuff. We last saw Shaun Emery (Callum Turner, surely going through the worst week known to humankind) surveying the body of…

REVIEW: The Capture (S1 E3/6)

I’ve finally found time to catch up with The Capture, BBC One’s hi-tech enjoyable, pacey thriller. The last I saw of it, prime suspect Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) had been led into a posh Belgravia mansion house, which was revealed to be the lair of some sort of shady US intelligence operation. Even though DI…