Stranger Things season three trailer released

Do we keep going with Stranger Things? Its first series showed a spot-on mash-up of crime, conspiracy and horror – The X-Files meets The Goonies perhaps – but as time has worn on the crime element of the show has diminished somewhat. Still, Netflix – the series’ home – presses on with its brilliant PR…

Amazon names transmission date for series two of Absentia

Absentia centres on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic), who had disappeared without a trace and was declared dead after hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. Now we know when series two will appear on Amazon Prime. Back to the story… six years later, Emily was found in a cabin in the woods,…

Don Winslow’s Cartel trilogy coming to TV

One of the pre-eminent crime writers of the last 20 years is coming to television. Award-winning Don Winslow, author of the lauded Cartel Trilogy, has revealed that his books The Border, The Cartel and The Power Of The Dog have been optioned by FX Network and will be turned into an ‘epic’ TV series. Very…

The Sinner renewed for a third series

The first two series of USA Networks’ The Sinner (shown on Netflix and BBC Four in the UK and across the world) have been very close to being classics. The anthology series stars Bill Pullman as a troubled detective, and in the first series we had Jessica Biel stabbing someone seemingly out of the blue,…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E8/8)

How many crime dramas can boast a two-time Oscar winner as their lead actor? It was probably an accidental convergence of schedules that saw True Detective air throughout the same period as awards season, but it can’t have harmed this season’s chances having somebody so high profile as Mahershala Ali in the driving seat. A…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E7/8)

Think back to a time without the internet and you could watch television with its surprises intact. That’s become less and less of an option these days unless you care to live under a rock; a standard tactic of any studio’s marketing department to regularly spoil their own storylines in the hope of a few…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E6/8)

This sixth episode of True Detective is titled Hunters In The Dark and that’s largely how it feels as we enter this final third of the season – as viewers, we still have a lot to learn. The myriad strands of the case are slowly coalescing but we are no wiser to the fate of Julie…

Netflix orders adaptation of Karin Slaughter’s Pieces Of Me

Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime writers in America, so it’s a bit of a surprise that none of her 26 have been adapted for TV or film (they’re seriously good!). So it’s very welcome news that Netflix is to adapt Slaughter’s 2018 novel, Pieces Of Her. According to World Screen, the series…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E5/8)

The expectation with any anthology series is the stories contained within it are suitably different, but at the same time, familiar. The vagaries of success can sometimes inform the course of the format’s narrative, however. This is where the lines cross in this third season of True Detective – with enough mileage behind it now…

REVIEW: TRUE DETECTIVE (S3 E4/8)

One unifying feature in coverage of this third season of True Detective is the collective relief in seeing the show return to former glories (of course, your mileage may vary on the strength of that ill-fated sophomore run). Despite sadly dwindling audience numbers, it reflects well on showrunner Pizzolatto that he cares enough about his…