REVIEW: Beck (S7 E3/4)

After last week’s underwhelming episode, in which Beck’s detective work was sidelined by various romantic relationships, will the old warhorse get the bit between his teeth now? When a young girl finds her mother Manuela dead at the foot of the stairs, the obvious question is, did she fall, or was she pushed? Her history…

Iceland Noir dispatches: Day one

As regular readers will know, we like to get out and about and attend as many crime fiction festivals as possible. Not only are they fun, but they’re also inspirational and you never know what kind of gossip you’re going to pick up along the way – we’ve found out some exclusive television option news…

Netflix announces Elite transmission date

Netflix has done it again. Or will do it again. We’ve had a lot of Spanish crime drama over the last few years (see it all here) and now Netflix is getting in on the act. The streaming ogre has its tentacles in so many territories these days, a Spanish series was never very far…

Sky reveals images from Tin Star series two

Sky Atlantic’s original crime drama, Tin Star, did pretty well when it first aired last year, despite dividing the critics. It’s slated to come back for series two in 2019, and Sky has released some first-look images. All the main players – Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks, Genevieve O’Reilly et al – are set to return with…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E2/9)

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…