REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E2/8)

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,…

Walter Presents confirms Alex transmission date

Walter Presents, that foreign-language brand, has had a busy day or so. It has announced two new Icelandic crime dramas waiting in the wings for September, and now it has added another, Swedish crime drama, Alex. On the outside, Alex is an exemplary citizen: a dedicated father and law-enforcer. In reality, he is drug-fuelled, dirty…

Filming begins on Baptiste, Jessica Raine joins cast

One thing we’re looking forward to is Missing spin-off, Baptiste, starring the fabulous Tchéky Karyo as the taciturn but very loveable, wise-old detective, Julien Baptiste. We now hear that the Williams’ brothers new series has started filming and that Jessica Raine has joined the cast. Furthermore, we’ve got some plotlines: When Julien and his wife are…

Channel 4 unveils three new psychological dramas

When they do crime drama things, you can always rely on Channel 4 to do things a bit differently. Today, the channel has announced three new stand-alone dramas with a crimey edge, in a new strand called On The Edge. to be transmitted in one night. The night will showcase the work of three rising…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S2 E1/4)

The first two series of The Bletchley Circle were based on a fun conceit: a group of women who forged a friendship and a bond during their time as codebreakers at Bletchley during the war reunited after realising that nothing quite lived up to the sense of importance and satisfaction of helping the country. And…

Jack Reacher headed to television?

Lee Child’s hugely-successful Jack Reacher series could be headed to television, according to the author himself. In conversation with John Grisham at a sold-out Royal Hall during the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Child lamented the current state of the movie industry and and the lack of opportunity tell long,…

Coming soon: The Killing Times Podcast

We’re off to Harrogate today for the annual Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, and, as ever, we’ll be reporting from the Old Swan hotel on the comings and goings, the gossip and the frivolities. It seemed like a good time to launch our brand-new podcast. Yes, we’re doing a podcast. It’ll probably be an…

HBO names transmission date for series two of The Deuce

So highly did we rate series one of David Simon and George Pelecanos’s The Deuce, we voted it as number two in our Top 20 Crime Dramas Of The Year in 2017 (read our roll call here). The tale of pimps and sex workers, dreamers and scammers, cops and robbers and bartenders and failures all…

Black Lake II reveals casting and plot details

Last year, BBC Four played out Swedish series Black Lake (Svartsjön), a crime and horror mash-up set in a deserted ski lodge, which may or may not have been haunted by dead children. Ultimately it was daft, but it did have its moments. Series two is incoming in Sweden on Viaplay in the autumn, but…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 25th June – Sunday 1st July)

Well, this is it. A sad week in the crime drama community – the final episode of The Bridge is upon us. We’ve had to cut down the official synopsis because we didn’t want to give away any spoilers, but suffice to say it’s a very poignant and edge-of-your-seat ending. Elsewhere, intriguing French drama La Forêt…