REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E9&10/10)

Over the past few months, The Outsider has quietly become one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of the year so far; a rare anomaly in the rather lacklustre history of adaptations from its original author’s work. Some have even likened it in style to being a missing season of True Detective, obsessed as it…

Alibi acquires US series Stumptown

British crime drama channel, Alibi, has acquired American crime drama, Stumptown. The series was adapted for TV after the success of the 2009 graphic novel series of the same name. Stumptown, a nickname for the city of Portland where the series is set, follows the life of Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a former army veteran…

Amazon Prime reveals Bosch start date

In among all the gloom, your favourite TV shows have a big part to play in helping to escape and enjoy an hour or so of the day. Many people’s favourite crime drama is Amazon Prime’s Bosch – the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling books. We’ve known that a new, sixth series is just around…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E7&8/10)

There’s really no question that The Outsider has been the best Stephen King adaptation of recent years – maybe even the best ever on the small screen. But one of the main puzzles from the beginning of the show was around how well it would adapt to a change of pace when it inevitably had…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E5&6/10)

The Outsider continues to redefine the concept of slow-burning drama in these middle-season episodes, with a previously glacial pace drawn out ever further into almost somnambulistic territory.  Such a comatose narrative would normally wreck the viewer’s enjoyment of any other show, but here it strangely adds something tangible to the dream-like surrealism of proceedings. Not…

Caliphate gets transmission date on Netflix

Swedish series Caliphate (Kalifat) is set to make its bow on Netflix in March. Aliette Opheim plays the lead role of Sapo agent Fatima in the series that revolves around five young women whose lives are intertwined in a story of religious fundamentalism. “Perhaps this is the most difficult and courageous TV series project that…

Narcos showrunner to make opioid crisis drama for Netflix

Narcos showrunner Eric Newman is to make a drama series for Netflix about the opioid crisis sweeping America. Entitled Painkiller, it’s based on an article by Patrick Radden Keefe called The Family That Built an Empire of Pain and Pulitzer Prize winner Barry Meier’s book Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of…

Melissa Leo to star in new genetic genealogy crime drama Blood Relative

Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo has signed on for Fox’s drama pilot Blood Relative. The series is a forensic genealogy-themed crime drama from writer-producer Chris Levinson and producer Liza Chasin, and based on James Renner’s 2018 article Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries, about Dr Colleen Fitzpatrick…

Godfather Of Harlem renewed for a second series

It’s a source of some frustration that US series Godfather Of Harlem has not been picked up by a UK broadcaster yet, despite the series finishing in American two months ago. News reaches us that the series has already been recommissioned for a second series. Set in the 1960s, Godfather Of Harlem tells the true…

Sky Atlantic releases first trailer for The Undoing

Sky Atlantic have released the first trailer featuring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in The Undoing – A HBO limited series based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It looks goooood.   Grace Fraser is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a…

Toni Collette to star in Netflix adaptation of Karin Slaughter novel

We last saw Australian actress Toni Collette in the excellent Unbelievable, and now she’s set to head back to the streaming giant for a new crime series. Deadline reports that Netflix is set to adapt top-selling Karin Slaughter’s Pieces Of Her for the small screen. The story is set in a sleepy Georgia town where…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E3&4/10)

The Outsider had continued to impress these past few weeks, as it seeks to lure us ever further into its murky web of dark intrigue. Ostensibly a glacially-paced police procedural on the surface, it’s been wisely coy with how it works in the core chills from Stephen King’s source material, whilst successfully building an overwhelming…