The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 21st – Sunday 27th January)

It’s pretty much as you were this week, with a few exceptions: series two of Tin Star starts on Sky Atlantic, while Frankie Drake Mysteries and Coroner start on Alibi and Universal respectively. There’s a week’s break over on BBC Four until a new Australian series starts, and we’re just waiting for confirmation on that….

Canal+ releases new trailer for Spiral

One of the sadder facts of 2019 will be the final, seventh, series of Spiral – surely the best, ever crime drama to come out of France. [UPDATE: IT’S NOT, THERE WILL BE AN EIGHTH!] The show has built a legion of fans here in the UK, and it’ll be a sad day when it…

BBC names transmission date for Silent Witness

Ah, January. That time when all the Christmas specials have gone and the schedule is filled with a veritable feast of new series. We’ve already seen that ITV’s Manhunt, BBC’s Luther and ITV’s Grantchester will be coming into the schedules in January, and now we’re told that a hardy perennial – Silent Witness – is…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th December)

The slow-down at the end of the year continues, although there is new stuff out there. Most notable this week is the final and third series of Fortitude, that horror/crime mash-up. Elsewhere, there are watch-again repeats of Luther, The Sinner and True Detective. Enjoy! 1 Fortitude *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES* S3 E1/3 Oslo sends two…

REVIEW: Beck (S7 E3/4)

After last week’s underwhelming episode, in which Beck’s detective work was sidelined by various romantic relationships, will the old warhorse get the bit between his teeth now? When a young girl finds her mother Manuela dead at the foot of the stairs, the obvious question is, did she fall, or was she pushed? Her history…

Iceland Noir dispatches: Day one

As regular readers will know, we like to get out and about and attend as many crime fiction festivals as possible. Not only are they fun, but they’re also inspirational and you never know what kind of gossip you’re going to pick up along the way – we’ve found out some exclusive television option news…

Netflix announces Elite transmission date

Netflix has done it again. Or will do it again. We’ve had a lot of Spanish crime drama over the last few years (see it all here) and now Netflix is getting in on the act. The streaming ogre has its tentacles in so many territories these days, a Spanish series was never very far…

Sky reveals images from Tin Star series two

Sky Atlantic’s original crime drama, Tin Star, did pretty well when it first aired last year, despite dividing the critics. It’s slated to come back for series two in 2019, and Sky has released some first-look images. All the main players – Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks,¬†Genevieve O’Reilly et al – are set to return with…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E2/9)

Brenda Peterson walks down the stairs at Penn Station and arrives in the entrance hall. It’s a teeming pit of people – tourists, commuters and those looking for more than just the daily routine. Brenda is there because she feels her college education isn’t giving her the right kind of education, so she took off…

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E8/8)

With all great series – and a great series that has taken its time to build and simmer – the endings are often what makes or breaks it. We’ve seen so many stories in the past that have fallen down at the last hurdle, either rushing things or revealing things in a haphazard, ham-fisted manner,…