REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E3/6)

We’re at the half-way stage of this final series of Baptiste, and by the end of it my head was spinning after an incredibly savage massacre scene, big questions answered and a helluva twist. Before that, however, and you got the impression that it was a quieter episode with plenty of build-up. As it turned…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E4/4)

With Beck facing up to his mortality, and questions being raised about his conduct of an old case, will this be the last we see of Stockholm’s gloomiest detective?  As this brief season comes to an end, we’re given even more direct suggestions that Martin Beck might not be long for this world – in…

REVIEW Yr Amgueddfa (S1 E2/6)

Fflur Dafydd’s six-part thriller Yr Amgueddfa laid down some intriguing markers in its opening episode (yes, I know I’m late on this but I’ve had a stressful, busy couple of weeks and haven’t had a chance to write down my thoughts). Lest we forget, Yr Amgueddfa tells the story of museum boss Della who launches…

REVIEW Fargo (S4 E5/11)

As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions in the past, there’s really nothing quite like Fargo on television. Really and truly, it has provided me with so many great things over the years, whether it’s character or scenes or even, yes, whole series. Its unpredictability often makes for exciting viewing, with sequences and characters so bold…

REVIEW Time (S1 E1/3)

It’s the noise first. The constant noise. Then the sudden denial of space. Then the unrelenting grey and the metal, oozing rancour from every pore. This is what you get from the opening scenes of Jimmy McGovern’s new three-part prison drama, Time, as Mark Cobden (Sean Bean) is taken to jail. In the beginning, we’re…

REVIEW Viewpoint (S1 E2/5)

Last night’s opening episode of Viewpoint gave us an intriguing story influenced by Rear Window. Traumatised cop Martin Young (Noel Clarke, on fine form) was tasked with staking out missing schoolteacher Gemma Hillman’s apartment. To do this, he needed to more or less take over the home of single mum Zoe, who became increasingly fascinated…

REVIEW Too Close (S1 E2/3)

Last night’s opening episode of ITV’s three-part psychological thriller, Too Close, was criticised in some quarters for being clichéd. Psychologist meets dangerous and enigmatic patient and the two form an unlikely bond, both getting uncomfortably close until the case is solved. A moth to a flame scenario. And I could see it – Dr Emma…

Lupin on Netflix: Streaming giant releases new trailer

Lupin on Netflix has captivated Netflix viewers with its fun heist storyline, and now the streaming giant has released a trailer for the second part of series one, out in the summer. Omar Sy will return for part two of the first series to play Assane Diop who uses the world-famous gentleman thief and master…

Line Of Duty series six: When is it on BBC One?

It’s the one many crime drama fans had been waiting for. BBC One has confirmed the transmission date for series six of Line Of Duty, and it’s sooner than you think. So mark that in your diaries – Sunday 21st March at 9pm on BBC One. In this new series, Kelly Macdonald guests stars as…

Channel 5 and Acorn TV announces new Sally Lindsay crime drama

Channel 5 and Acorn TV are joining up for a new French-set crime drama, The Reluctant Madame Blanc. The new six-part series follows Jean White (played by Sally Lindsay, who also co-wrote the series), a renowned and respected antiques dealer, running a successful business in leafy Cheshire with her husband, Rory. Jean learns that Rory…

REVIEW Spiral (S8 E3&4/10)

With Gilou still in the chokey, and Laure’s murder case going nowhere fast, this season hasn’t got off to a stellar start – can the Parisian po-po pull something out of their hats for this final season of Spiral? When last seen, Gilou was cosying up to killer Cisco, when he should have been thinking more…