REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E5&6/8)

After last week’s simply superb double-bill, my hopes were high that this incredibly meaty, dense and cinematic series would carry on its intensity and intrigue. And more or less, it certainly didn’t disappoint. You got the sense that episode five was almost a breather after all that action and craziness of the previous instalments –…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E4/4)

Every time I saw the name Hollington Drive, I kept mistaking it for David Lynch’s warped neo-noir, Mulholland Drive. Obviously, these two stories are poles apart in terms of tone and look, but what unites them is a sense of place – and an inference that the street the protagonists dwell in somehow influences their…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E1/6)

Isn’t it strange. The bleaker and more stark the landscape is – and the less populated an island or country is – the more comforting a crime drama seems to be. Take Shetland for example. Now on to its sixth series, this hardy perennial is set on those beautiful, windswept islands north of Scotland, and…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E2/6)

Last week’s series opener compellingly laid the platform for the third and final series of Craith, and offered up an intriguing murder mystery as only Craith could – present a number of suspects in bleak and beautiful landscapes, each of them living hard, unforgiving lives. As we all know by now, Craith is more of…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E3/4)

We’re now into the home straight of this tense whodunit, and at the end of episode two it twisted into a new direction. Up until that point we were convinced – or the drama convinced us – that Theresa and Helen’s children (Ben and Eva) were to blame for poor, young Alex Boyd’s death. And…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E1/6)

One of my personal favourite crime dramas is Craith (or Hidden as its known in the English language), and it’s not just me – it has developed a real cult following during its run, first in Welsh on S4C and then in English on BBC Four. Its return is bittersweet. Yes, we get new Craith,…

REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E1&2/8)

Paris, 1899. We’re approaching the end of a tumultuous century, and about to enter one that will be even more riven with war, death and despair. We’re on the streets and in the opulent salons and boudoirs of Paris. In one of them President FĂ©lix Faure has just died while receiving oral sex from his…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E2/4)

Last week we were introduced to the inhabitants of Hollington Drive – a picture-perfect slice of suburbia where everything seemed just about perfect. However, this being a domestic noir and all, the patina of perfection was was scrubbed clean thanks to a shocking event and exposed a festering underbelly. The disappearance of local lad Alex…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E1/4)

Starring Anna Maxwell-Martin and Rachael Stirling, and written and created by Sophie Petzal, Hollington Drive is a four-part series that plunges us into the realms of domestic noir; that sub-genre that features people who seemingly have everything, live in suburbia but all is not as it seems. In this instance, Theresa (Maxwell-Martin) and Fraser (Rhashan…

REVIEW Vigil (S1 E6/6)

I’m always interested in how big series choose to end series, and with Vigil we had a really divisive ending. After all the hairum-scarum thrills at the end of episode five, the scene was set for some truly good stuff. Except it never quite panned out that way, instead choosing to go down a road…

REVIEW Vigil (S1 E5/6)

Well I’m a bit late on this but seeing as though I’ve reviewed four episodes of this submarine drama, I might as well stay the course. (I have been watching, just haven’t had time to write up.) Aaanyway, where were we? At the end of episode four, we saw DCI Amy Silva rugby tackled by…