Showtime releases trailer for Benicio del Toro drama

We’ve had quite a few starry crime dramas in the past few years – none more so than Amy Adams in Sharp Objects at the moment – and it looks as though we’re getting another one in the autumn. The eight-episode Escape at Dannemora stars Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette (and is directed by Ben…

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (S1 E5/8)

There were no two ways about it – this was an extraordinary episode, for many different reasons. Camille’s secret – her self-harming – was laid bare and everything changed. Before we get to that, it must be said that the bulk of this fifth episode was given over to Calhoun Day: one of those curious,…

REVIEW: Unforgotten (S3 E4/6)

There must be a reason why Unforgotten creator/writer Chris Lang has, throughout the three series, envisioned four chief suspects and it may be as simple as maths; counting and calculation. A triumvirate, you see, has spiritual strength. Three is the first odd prime number, which gives it the power of indivisibility (God, the Son and the Holy Spirit – see, indivisible). The…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 6th – Sunday 12th August)

It really is as you were this week. That’s not to say there isn’t some fantastic stuff to enjoy – Sharp Objects and Unforgotten continue, while we say a fond farewell to Dicte this week… it’s the investigative reporters final, ever story. The only new thing of note this week is Walter Present’s new Israeli…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E1&2/6)

The Canadian crime drama returns to the much-coveted BBC4 weekend evening slot after a well-received first season last year. Subtitled Black Fly Season, the show reunites the sleuthing duo of Detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, last seen on UK screens in Modus as the POTUS First Gentleman) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) on another grisly…

REVIEW: Dicte – Crime Reporter (S3 E4/5)

Blimey. This episode (originally two episodes in its native Denmark) had a bit of everything, except for much of a case. In fact, I’d argue that the central mystery was really almost a MacGuffin – something in the background but far from the most important thing. This was an episode where Nina and Tonni’s relationship…

FX confirms series four of Fargo, Chris Rock to star

Well, this is the best news. There has been plenty of chatter about whether a fourth series of Fargo would actually happen, mainly because showrunner Noah Hawley has become one of the busiest and most sought-after talents in Hollywood. We’ve loved all three series of Fargo in varying degrees of intensity, and we didn’t mind…

Netflix releases new trailer for series two of Ozark

Series one of Netflix’s Ozark sneaked into our top 10 crime dramas last year, and excitement is mounting for the upcoming second series. Netflix has been busy again – when isn’t it? – and has released a new trailer. Which is nice. Series two continues to follow Marty Bryde and his family as they navigate the…

SUMMER BOXSETS: Safe

Best-selling author, Harlan Coben, is back with a new story for TV starring three crime drama legends.

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E2/4)

Last week’s opening episode of The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco was pretty bad, I have to say. Which was a shame because I enjoyed the first two series and I like the set-up and the characters. But this new series? It looked cheap-as-chips, the new characters who were brought in were carbon copies of the…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E4/6)

After last week’s third episode, the series’ best by some distance, I was interested to see whether the fourth instalment of Picnic At Hanging Rock would continue its improvement. If last week’s episode was about Irma, this episode was about young Sara Waybourne. Infatuated with missing Miranda, this gifted, sensitive young girl had been through…

Acorn TV commissions new crime drama from New Tricks writer

Another online service that’s been busy is US-based Acorn TV, which claims to show the best of British TV. The VOD subscription site seems to have been commissioning crime dramas left, right and centre (read about is Lond-set series here). Now the site has announced a new female-fronted series, Queens Of Mystery, written by New…