It’s a big week in the world of crime drama, with two huge series starting on ITV – the return of Broadchurch and the start of Prime Suspect 1973, which takes us back to Seventies east London and a young Jane Tennison. There’s also Scandi larks with the second series of Follow The Money on Saturday, German series Nick’s Law on Walter Presents and more from SS-GB. Enjoy!
As long-time readers of the site will know, Fargo is one of my favourite series. With Noah Hawley and a cast that includes Ewan McGregor (in two roles), David Thewlis, Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Wanstead series three is really starting to gear up. It usually transmits around the end of the year, but this time around FX (the show’s US network) sprung a surprise yesterday – series three will air in the spring. This spring.
Woo-hoo! ‘Cassie and Sunny sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!’ Well, not quite, but tonight’s Unforgotten did give us an almost lighthearted interlude displaying the superb comedy chops of Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker (more of which later).It was welcome because there is an inherent sadness shot through writer Chris Lang’s creation – a psychologically astute treatise on the folly of youth, the loss of innocence and our inability to fulfil the fervent wish to escape the mistakes we made and live a better life – or as Quantum Leap earnestly intoned – ‘striving to put right what once went wrong’.
NB: Spoilers inside
It’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.
With last week’s episode seemingly dividing fans between those who hated it just a bit, or a lot, this week can we have a bit less slaughter and a bit more sleuthing? That was the question many were asking, and the sentiment many were pleading for.
NB: Spoilers ahoy
It’s very much as you were this week, with crime dramas on every single night of the week if you want them. The only difference this week is that there’s a new series starting on Amazon – Sneaky Pete (pictured above), starring Giovani Ribisi and Bryan Cranston. Looks good. Enjoy!
Here’s wishing all our readers a very merry Christmas. We here at TKT Towers hope you all have a fantastic holiday period with family, friends, good food and plenty of warming drinks, as well as lashings of excellent crime dramas.