REVIEW: Perry Mason (S1 E2/8)

What’s in a name? It’s a valid question when it comes to Perry Mason, whose evergreen popularity as a fictional character has seen him gather a huge fan base over the years, which has provided producers with a lucrative slice of intellectual property for some time. But how many actual Mason fans tuned in last…

REVIEW: Perry Mason (S1 E1/8)

The character of Perry Mason has seen many permutations through the near century of its storied history, the latest being this reboot/prequel (preboot?) on HBO, a ‘limited series’, which the showrunners claim is sourced (or should we say, “inspired”) from author Erle Stanley Gardner’s original novels. Cast your mind back to 2016 and Nic Pizzolatto,…

REVIEW: The Luminaries (S1 E1/6)

Full disclosure: I’ve not read Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker-winning novel, The Luminaries. So I was coming into this series fresh as a daisy and didn’t quite know what to expect. All I knew was that there was a murder mystery in play in among all the rough and tumble of a 19th-century frontier costume drama….

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E5&6/6)

Cardinal has always been a bit of an outlier in the crime drama world; it’s a show that has shifted through a number of different styles but never seemed to really feel comfortable in any one of them. A touch of Nordic Noir there, some high concept villains there; a dash of police procedural and…

REVIEW: The Salisbury Poisonings (S1 E3/3)

Over two nights we’ve watched how the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire fell prey to the deadly nerve agent Novichok, likely let loose by Russian agents in order to kill Sergei Skripal. What this nerve agent left in its wake was a full-scale panic, collateral damage (like Det Sgt Nick Bailey) and a partial lockdown…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E3&4/6)

We’ve already reached the half-way point in this final season of Cardinal without even really trying and boy, it hasn’t hung about. These two episodes packed more action into their running time then the last two seasons combined, and whether this increase in tempo is preferential toward the show’s overall style remains to be seen….

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E1&2/6)

Cardinal returns for it’s fourth and final series this week, with a few immediate differences – a new home (BBC Two), a new slot (midweek prime-time) and (it feels) a new sense of narrative purpose after a somewhat meandering, directionless third season. This time around, the story is based on originating author Giles Blunt’s sixth…