REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E4/6)

If anyone out there thought last week’s episode had uncharacteristically hit the snooze button, this week’s is back to its solar plexus-punching, heart-stopping norm. The necessary lull in episode three was the pivot for the fast turn of events now hurtling in – and it also dispatched one of the outside favourites for the police…

REVIEW: Follow The Money (S3 E5&6/10)

Episodes five and six of Follow the Money are directed by Gustav Möller (recently much praised for minimalistic, intense and award-winning thriller The Guilty). We have progressed past establishing the foundation and the plot is fully up and running. Nicky’s successful business is growing rapidly, and Anna is onboard to launder the money. Alf has…

REVIEW: The Bay (S1 E5/6)

At the end of episode four, The Bay took the decision to let DC Lisa Armstrong find the teenage girl she had been looking for – Holly Meredith – sheltering meekly in an abandoned lido. I’m always fascinated when writers decide to do their big reveal. We saw it in The Widow last night, but…

REVIEW: The Widow (S1 E3&4/8)

The first two episodes of ITV’s eight-part The Widow presented us with an intriguing (if well-worn concept) concept. Written and created by the prolific Williams brothers, it told the story of Georgia Wells (Kate Beckinsale), who’s on the hunt for her husband in the Congo. He went down in a plane crash three years before,…

REVIEW: Trust Me (S2 E1/4)

Series one of Dan Sefton’s Trust Me dealt with a doctor, played by then soon-to-be Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, who may or may not have been lying about her status. It was a high-concept, fast-paced and faintly ridiculous thriller, that rattle along quite nicely. Now, we have Sefton’s second anthology story under the Trust Me…

REVIEW: The Widow (E1&2/8)

ITV’s next, big-budget thriller series comes yet again from the minds of one of most prolific writers in British crime drama – Harry and Jack Williams. Hot on the heels of the disappointing Baptiste, and the brothers’ production company’s Cheat, comes this eight-part series starring Kate Beckinsale. It’s already aired on Amazon Prime, but here,…

REVIEW: Line Of Duty (S5 E3/6)

Has Operation Peartree gone pear-shaped? With undercover officer John Corbett making a success of ringing rings around the cops, corrupt officer ‘H’ may be even further embedded than we thought – clearly it wasn’t the deceased ACC Hilton. Last week’s highly dramatic conclusion, implying that someone in AC-12 may have recruited corrupt officer Cafferty, turns…

REVIEW: Follow The Money (S3 E3&4/10)

When the second series of Follow the Money started it felt a tad uninspired that they reused the opening credits from the first one with just a couple of actors replaced. This time around they’ve been given a lot more attention and are little stories in and of themselves. At the start of episode three,…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E4/4)

In the final chapter of The Victim the jury delivers their verdict on Anna, whilst Craig faces his own challenges. When one final confrontation brings more revelations, will anybody get the closure they seek? Ahead of her sentencing, Maureen tells Anna that Craig isn’t Eddie after all – a statement that she receives with utter…

REVIEW: The Bay (S1 E4/6)

We’re now into the back half of this series set in Morecambe, and you sometimes wish Eric himself would drop in and Bring Me Sunshine away down the promenade to breath a bit of the unexpected into it because so far this has been very much by-the-numbers fare with some infuriating elements. After last week’s…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E3/4)

In the previous episode of The Victim, revelations around Craig’s childhood added a further layer of confusion as to his supposed guilt. Anna is feeling positively biblical when she tells her lawyer she demands an eye for an eye – but as she awaits her turn in court, can she control her anger to avoid…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E2/4)

In the opening episode of The Victim last night we saw Anna Dean (Kelly Macdonald) orchestrate the online exposure of Craig Myers (James Harkness) as the killer of her child, eventually leading to her standing trial for incitement to murder. But as the court case brings further revelations about Craig’s past to the surface, is…