REVIEW Karen Pirie (S1 E3/3)

With her main suspect dead, and her bosses stymying her investigation at every turn, can DS Karen Pirie solve the cold case of the death of barmaid Rosie Duff – and work out who is targeting the original suspects? In this feature-length conclusion of the first Karen Pirie story, there are two strands to tie…

REVIEW Karen Pirie (S1 E2/3)

DS Karen Pirie’s investigation into the cold case death of St Andrews barmaid Rosie Duff is derailed by the murder of one of her chief suspects – but has the original police investigation been compromised to cover up some unpleasant facts? So far, this adaptation of Val Dermid’s novel The Distant Echo has proceeded on…

REVIEW Bloodlands (S2 E3/6)

So far in this uneven series, we know that DCI Tom Brannick (aka assassin, Goliath) stole some gold back in the 1990s, and now the accountant he’d asked to move it on – Colin Foyle – is dead. We didn’t really know where the gold was from or who it was intended for, up until…

REVIEW Inside Man (S1 E2/4)

It seems the first episode of Inside Man really divided viewers last night. Some loved it, and thought it was fresh and invigorating; some thought it was just plainly ridiculous and couldn’t buy some of the more fantastical and head-scratching elements of the plot. Why, for instance, did priest Harry Watling (David Tennant) so readily…

REVIEW Inside Man (S1 E1/4)

Inside Man has been hanging around for a little while now, which, in TV terms, is never normally a good thing. It points to channels not quite knowing what to do with a show, not quite sure where to put it and raises questions about the actual overall quality of it. All of these things…

REVIEW Karen Pirie (S1 E1/3)

Critics are making a lot of the fact that unlike most of the current crop of TV detectives – Professor T, Van Der Valk, Ridley, for instance – DS Karen Pirie is, wow, a female. But is there more to Val McDermid’s character than her chromosomes? Written in 2003, the first of six Karen Pirie…

REVIEW Bloodlands (S2 E2/6)

Consider Bloodlands: it’s about a cop who just happened to be an assassin, and who, whenever a case is linked to his alter ego, gets right to it and tries to throw the police – ie his team – off the scent. Yes, there’s a central mystery to solve, but really this is a cat-and-mouse…

REVIEW Bloodlands (S2 E1/6)

Last year’s Bloodlands promised much but instead delivered a flawed thriller with more holes than a golf course. So when news came it was recommissioned for a second series, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. Still, we’re here for series two and so is James Nesbitt, who reprises his role as DCI Tom Brannick,…

REVIEW Shetland (S7 E6/6)

After nine years and 38 episodes, this was the moment Douglas Henshall bid farewell to Jimmy Perez, the Shetland islands’ very own chief protector and high sheriff. Like all the best crime characters, Henshall and Perez seemed a perfect match – Henshall’s friendly, soft features belying a simmering passion and old-fashioned masculinity beneath the surface….