Alibi orders first scripted drama from idea by Val McDermid

UKTV channel Alibi is famous for the cosier, more humour-filled side of crime dramas (think Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Castle et al). Now the channel is dipping its two in the original drama series ocean and has ordered a brand new series from RED Productions, the people who make Happy…

BBC America releases series two trailer for Killing Eve

Killing Eve became a huge global success last year, thanks to airing on both BBC America and BBC One. It helped that there was a terrific script by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and two outstanding central performances from Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh. We knew that that series two was going to drop in the US on…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E1/6)

One of the best British crime drama shows, Shetland, made a welcome return tonight. I say ‘best British crime drama’ because it really is, and has lots of the ingredients that make up successful and engrossing crime shows: a lead character that’s likeable and watchable, a supporting cast that exhibits the same kinds of characteristics,…

REVIEW: 35 Awr (S1 E6/8)

During the previous five episode, this Welsh-language crime drama has proved itself to be a real twisty-turny affair, the lives of 12 jurors coming under intense scrutiny. It has been revealed that each one has been harbouring secrets galore, and the situation they’ve been thrust into has only amplified their idiosyncrasies, their fears and their…

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…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E1/4)

It’s all change for young Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) as we reach 1969. Led Zeppelin is on the radio, Bright is in Traffic, and Strange is in admin – but what of Morse and Thursday? Posted to Woodstock and transferred to uniform, estranged from Fred Thursday and daughter Joanie, Morse has grown a moustache in…

Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith to star in BBC factual crime drama

We’ve had a few crime dramas in recent years that have dramatised real-life events – think Appropriate Adult, The Moorside, Little Boy Blue and, most recently, Manhunt – and now we have another one, thanks to the team of Jeff Pope and Neil McKay. Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith are to star in The Barking Murders –…

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…

Bergerac reboot is official

British staple of the1980s, Bergerac, is to be given a reboot and is on its way back to television. The series, which ran on the BBC between 1981 and 1991 and starred John Nettles as a Jersey-based detective sergeant and private investigator, is being given a contemporary makeover. According to Variety: Emmy-winning producer Gub Neal (“The Fall,”…

StarzPlay picks up Rig 45 for UK broadcast

We’ve had Swedish/Nordic series Rig 45 on our radars for quite a while now, and have been waiting for a UK broadcaster to be named. Now we know that StarzPlay – accessed via Amazon Prime – will stream it here in the UK. Rig 45 pick up two days before Christmas when Andrea is sent by…

Sarah Phelps to adapt Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse

Sarah Phelps is one of this country’s leading screenwriters, and her work adapting the works of Agatha Christie has been nothing more than miraculous (although some have been less than enamoured with the reworkings). Last month we brought you news that Gwyneth Hughes would be adapting Death Comes As The End for the BB, quite…