Sky Living to rebrand as Sky Witness, picks up Patrick Dempsey drama

This is one for UK readers. Sky Living has always been a bi of a strange channel. Acquired from Flextech many years ago, it kept the Living moniker even though much of its content has been swish American shows in the crime drama genre (hello Elementary). Now the network is sorting the channel out. According…

Cardinal renewed for a fourth series

The Canadian series Cardinal proved to be a medium-sized hit when it aired on BBC Four last winter. It followed Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanassee) as they joined forces to hunt down a killer in a small Northern Ontario town. Adapted from author Giles Blunt’s award-winning Forty Words for Sorrow,…

No new Happy Valley until ‘end of 2018 at the earliest’

It’s been a bumper news day for Sarah Lancashire fans. This morning we carried a story that the award-winning actress is set to appear in Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon, and now we get an update on the much-anticipated third series of Happy Valley. Radio Times reports that Executive Producer, Nicola Shindler, spoke at a Broadcasting…

Sarah Lancashire joins Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon

Last week we brought you news of Tom ‘Gianni Versace’ Rob Smith’s next project: an eight-part psychological thriller called MotherFatherSon for the BBC. The top-line news was that Richard Gere was to star alongside Helen McCrory, the US star’s first appearance on telly for a looooong time. Now we hear that the cast has been…

The Kettering Incident creator back with new Australian crime drama

Last year, spooky Australian crime drama The Kettering Incident – which was a mash-up of the crime and horror genres – garnered a cult viewership when it appeared on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The series creator, Victoria Madden, is now back with a new eight-part drama, The Gloaming, produced by Madden and John Molloy (Molly, Boys in…

HBO releases first trailer for Sharp Objects

HBO’s Sharp Objects is shaping up to be one of the crime drama events of the year. Starring Oscar-winner Amy Adams, it’s based on Gillian Flynn’s (excellent) novel of the same name. News and plot reveals have been drip-fed over the past month or so, but with an 8th July (US) transmission date, with a…

Sherlock event confirmed as interactive game

A little while back, we bought you news of the resurrection of Sherlock. Kind of. In a cryptic video, they said that something Sherlock-related is going to be happening this year, although Moffat was at pains to point out that it was “not a new episode, and not a new series, and not a film… but an actual new…

First trailer released for The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

There was much rejoicing when it was announced the Britbox – the US streaming service jointly created by the BBC and ITV – was to ressurect The Bletchley Circle, the ITV crime drama that ran for two series. This new incarnation is to be called The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco and is set, well… it…

Mindhunter’s Cameron Britton: how I played Ed Kemper

Mindhunter won our Best Crime Drama of 2017 award last year, and details of the Netflix show’s second series have been gobbled up easily. If you haven’t seen it, it’s the slow-burn, creepy tale of a secret branch of the FBI tasked with researching a new kind of killer in the 1970s – the sequential,…

REVIEW: A Very English Scandal (S1 E3/3)

A memory from youth that hangs like a bat in your reviewer’s mind is being taken to Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, to see the third Secret Policeman’s Ball in 1979 and witnessing the great Peter Cook in his pomp. And his extraordinary monologue ‘Entirely a Matter for You’ (check it out on YouTube) is obviously still indelibly imprinted…

Romanian cyber thriller, Hackerville, begins filming

Unfortunately, many people only think of Romania and Transylvania and think Dracula, but now there’s a new crime drama that looks to redress the balance. The Hollywood Reporter, well, reports that Hackerville, a six-part series from HBO Europe, has begun filming in that (in)famous region of the country, Transylvania. Hackerville was created by Ralph Martin and…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 4th – Sunday 10th June)

The Bridge continues apace this week, but the big news is that the English-language version of Craith, Hidden, – the excellent Welsh-set drama we reviewed earlier on in the year on S4C – begins on both BBC One Wales and BBC Four. (Although why it’s taking BBC Four’s foreign-language, Saturday-night-9pm is anyone’s guess.) Elsewhere, the…