Review: In The Dark (S1 E3/4), Tuesday 25th July, BBC1

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You get the sense that the BBC is testing the water a bit with In The Dark, the four-part series that adapts two of Mark Billingham’s crime novels. MyAnna Buring was excellent as DI Helen Weeks in the first two-part story, and I do wonder if Weeks could form the basis for a new longish-running series featuring a new female protagonist. It’s an option for sure, and in the first two episodes, Weeks (and Buring) revealed herself to be a flawed, no-nonsense detective with likeable traits.

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Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E11/18), Tuesday 25th July, Sky Atlantic

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In part 11, we were back in Twin Peaks for perhaps longer than we have been in a while. In fact, we seem to be spending more time in the town as each episode goes by, which suggests that all scattered characters and identities will eventually make their way back somehow and there will be some sort of denouement in the town at some point. Although let’s face it, trying to predict anything in this series is such a futile exercise. I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again, every time you think you know what might happen does the rug is well and truly pulled beneath you. And this is one of the reasons why it’s so watchable: you tune in desperate to see Good Coop emerge from his catatonic Dougie Jones state only to see teases of his old self. Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E3&4/10), Saturday 22nd July, BBC4

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Apologies for the delay in posting this, but it has been a busy weekend up at Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. While much carousing was had during the weekend I did manage to watch episodes three and four of I Know Who You Are earlier in the week, but didn’t get a chance to post the review. So here we are, and it was another breathless two hours-plus of crime drama. Kitchen sink but brilliant nonetheless. Continue reading

Review: Fargo (S3 E8/10), Wednesday 19th July, Channel 4

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We’re nearing the end of series three of Fargo, and now, with the Stussy brothers’ feud now over, it’s down to the last men and women standing to wage a battle royale. For what exactly? Like series one, a plain and simple, good, old fashioned battle between good and evil, featuring the flawed but determined Nikki Swango and the verisimilitudinous embodiment of rotting secretion, VM Varga. The question remaining from last week’s stunning episode was: did Nikki Swango survive the bus crash? Continue reading

Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E10/18), Tuesday 17th July, Sky Atlantic

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We’re now into the second half of this series – or 18 hour-long movie as David Lynch would have us approach it – and we’re still none the wiser when it comes to the fate of Dougie Jones/Good Coop. In this 10th episode, there were diversions, some unsettling scenes (in a more subtle way than the kinetic scarefest that was the epic episode eight) and a few, just a few, more hints at where this might go. Continue reading

Review: Ripper Street (S5 E5/6), Monday 17th July, BBC2

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At last, the pace picks up this week, as Dove’s empire begins to crumble around him, and a turn of fortune brings a glimmer of hope to the beleaguered Reid. After what frankly have been four lethargic episodes, with no real plot development beyond what was strictly inevitable, the action takes off this week, as several characters face up to now unavoidable moral dilemmas. Continue reading