BBC confirm transmission date for Apple Tree Yard

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624It’s all happening. Well, some things are happening. One of the things we mentioned in our Quite Large 2017 Preview (or whatever it was called, I can’t remember now) was a four-part adaptation of Louise Doughty’s best-selling Apple Tree Yard, a superior psychological thriller in novel form and a juicy-sounding drama. Yesterday the BBC confirmed its transmission date. Continue reading

Review: Modus (S1 E8/8) Saturday 17th December, BBC4

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Programme Name: Modus - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 8) - Picture Shows: Inger Johanne Vik (MELINDA KINNAMAN) - (C) © Miso Film 2015 - Photographer: Johan Paulin

© Miso Film 2015 – Photographer: Johan Paulin

Modus has been a bit of a head-scratcher: some good characters, some tense moments, some socio-political stuff… in fact, everything you could possibly want from a Scandi Noir. But somehow it hasn’t hit the spot and had begun to feel like a photocopy of a decent Scandinavian crime drama – all the elements have seemed to be correct, but something hasn’t felt quite right. No matter, I was in it until the end (it’s Swedish for God’s sake) and that end was about to come. Could Forrester be stopped? And, could I care?

NB: Spoilers ahoy! Continue reading

BBC shares first image of Nicole Kidman from Top Of The Lake 2

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 16:30:01 on 05/10/2016 - Programme Name: Top Of The Lake 2 - TX: n/a - Episode: First Look (No. First Look) - Picture Shows:  Robin Griffin [ELISABETH MOSS] - (C) See Saw Productions Australia - Photographer: Sally Bongers

(C) See Saw Productions Australia – Photographer: Sally Bongers

One of the crime dramas I’m most looking forward to in 2017 is the second series of Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake. The first series was a strange, almost hallucinogenic story told in verdant Kiwi countryside; lakes shimmering, mountains encircling, forests enveloping, and eccentric folk doing strange things. It was a stunner. We know that for series two Elisabeth Moss returns as Robin, and Campion has managed to lure Nicole Kidman to the cast. Now we get our first look at the award-winning actress. Continue reading

Review: Rillington Place (S1 E1/3), Tuesday 29th November, BBC1

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Programme Name: Rillington Place - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Ethel Christie (SAMANTHA MORTON), John Christie (TIM ROTH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Des Willie

(C) BBC – Photographer: Des Willie

The real-life story of 1940s and 50s serial killer John Christie has been told before (famously in a 1971 film starring Richard Attenborough). What made Christie’s heinous crimes even worse was that there was a shocking miscarriage of justice during the investigation, which allowed Christie to carry on his dark work. There’s no doubt that Christie’s story is a chilling one viewed from every angle, and this three-part re-telling has brought out the big guns to give it some clout – Tim Roth and Samantha Morton star as Christie and his doomed wife, Ethel, with Jodie Comer and Nico Mirallegro as their equally doomed neighbours, Timothy and Beryl Evans. As with all dramas based on real-life events where the facts and endings are known, it’s always interesting to see whether something can keep us gripped and keep us with it. Continue reading