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…

REVIEW DNA (S1 E3&4/8)

Danish series DNA continued apace tonight, with two new episodes that really bedded in and provided some intense procedural thrills and spills. As we suspected at the end of episode two, in Poland Julia’s boyfriend Tadek was indeed killed in a motorcycle accident. Back in Copenhagen, there was chaos. It was established that items of…

New Life On Mars series gets title

A few weeks ago we brought you news that the creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes – Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah – had revealed that they were working on the third iteration of beloved supernatural-tinged procedural. During a live watch-along of Life On Mars, Graham issued a number of tweets that revealed…

Agatha Raisin renewed for a fourth series

There’s a flurry of activity circling around Acorn TV and Sky’s cosy crime drama, Agatha Raisin. The series, which stars Ashley Jensen as a high-flying London PR woman who relocates to a sleepy Cotswolds village, has been renewed for a fourth series. The British Comedy Guide quotes a Sky source, who says: “Series four is…

Netflix releases first trailer for series two of Altered Carbon

Series one of Altered Carbon was an in an interesting addition to the crime drama genre, and mixed Blade Runner-style sci-fi with traditional noir. Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, the series is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E1&2/10)

Stephen King has had something of a television renaissance in recent years, after a somewhat middling patch of mini-series duds in the late 80s and early 90s (The Langoliers, anybody?). Hot on the heels of the critical success around Mr Mercedes comes The Outsider, another twisting tale of murder and mystery which kicks off with…

Walter Presents to launch on S4C with The Stockholm Requiem

We’ve been waiting for Swedish drama The Stockholm Requiem and had it booked in for next year. But now we’re hearing that Welsh broadcaster S4C – the original home of Welsh-language hits like Hinterland/Y Gwyll, Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher and Hidden/Craith – has struck a deal with international drama streamer Walter Presents that will see…