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.
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!
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.