REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E6/8)

As superb as Sharp Objects has been so far, it doesn’t seem to be generating that special water-cooler buzz that some other (crime) dramas have in the past, and during the last week I’ve been trying to figure out why. It’s just not being talked about or discussed as much as it should, despite its…

REVIEW: Unforgotten (S3 E5/6)

By this stage, though the field of suspects is narrowing, the case is throwing up anomalies and making it harder for the protagonists to find the catharsis they seek. As we suspected, attention is turning to James Hollis’s errant son Eliot, a troubled youth, and not the little boy he was portrayed as. But Hollis…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E3&4/6)

It was a slow start to Black Fly Season last week, the second series of well-regarded Canadian crime drama Cardinal. The tale of warring drug gangs with an amnesiac victim at the core of it didn’t initially ignite my interest as much as the first season’s story, but the show is always solid fun to…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E3/4)

The first two episodes of The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco really weren’t up to much and just about as by-the-numbers as you can possibly make a crime drama. And yet I still watch it – I like the amateur detective element, I like the idea that a group of women who were ace codebreakers during…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E5/6)

Over the past two episodes, Picnic At Hanging Rock has been much better. The mystery of the disappearance of the three girls and their teacher, Greta McCraw, has taken a backseat and instead the series has focused on the fall-out from the incident at Hanging Rock, and it has been better for it – we’ve…

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E5/8)

There were no two ways about it – this was an extraordinary episode, for many different reasons. Camille’s secret – her self-harming – was laid bare and everything changed. Before we get to that, it must be said that the bulk of this fifth episode was given over to Calhoun Day: one of those curious,…

REVIEW: Unforgotten (S3 E4/6)

There must be a reason why Unforgotten creator/writer Chris Lang has, throughout the three series, envisioned four chief suspects and it may be as simple as maths; counting and calculation. A triumvirate, you see, has spiritual strength. Three is the first odd prime number, which gives it the power of indivisibility (God, the Son and the Holy Spirit – see, indivisible). The…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E1&2/6)

The Canadian crime drama returns to the much-coveted BBC4 weekend evening slot after a well-received first season last year. Subtitled Black Fly Season, the show reunites the sleuthing duo of Detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, last seen on UK screens in Modus as the POTUS First Gentleman) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) on another grisly…

SUMMER BOXSETS: Safe

Best-selling author, Harlan Coben, is back with a new story for TV starring three crime drama legends.

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E4/6)

After last week’s third episode, the series’ best by some distance, I was interested to see whether the fourth instalment of Picnic At Hanging Rock would continue its improvement. If last week’s episode was about Irma, this episode was about young Sara Waybourne. Infatuated with missing Miranda, this gifted, sensitive young girl had been through…

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E4/8)

“My momma said all of history was written by men.” Spiders. Big, great, whopping spiders were the visual motif du jour in episode four of this superb and dark-as-night HBO series adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel. So far we have Smalltownsville, Missouri trying to come to terms with the sickening murders of two dead teenage…