REVIEW : The Investigation (S1 E3&4/6)

We left The Investigation last week in a state of complete reversal to most criminal cases – the suspect was in custody, but there was no evidence of a crime to convict him. Without physical proof to contradict his bizarre story, the chances of a murder conviction seemed unlikely. But then, a grim discovery in…

BBC commissions Sarah Phelps true-crime drama

As long-term readers of this site will know, we’re big fans of Sarah Phelps. The Agatha Christie adapter – as well as the person behind Dublin Murders – has now been hired by the BBC to bring the true story of the murder of Peter Farquhar to the small screeen. The Sixth Commandment will tell…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E4/4)

In the final chapter of The Victim the jury delivers their verdict on Anna, whilst Craig faces his own challenges. When one final confrontation brings more revelations, will anybody get the closure they seek? Ahead of her sentencing, Maureen tells Anna that Craig isn’t Eddie after all – a statement that she receives with utter…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E3/4)

In the previous episode of The Victim, revelations around Craig’s childhood added a further layer of confusion as to his supposed guilt. Anna is feeling positively biblical when she tells her lawyer she demands an eye for an eye – but as she awaits her turn in court, can she control her anger to avoid…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E2/4)

In the opening episode of The Victim last night we saw Anna Dean (Kelly Macdonald) orchestrate the online exposure of Craig Myers (James Harkness) as the killer of her child, eventually leading to her standing trial for incitement to murder. But as the court case brings further revelations about Craig’s past to the surface, is…

REVIEW: The Victim (S1 E1/4)

Where would the BBC be without dipping into it’s big pot of hot topics to cook up a new drama every now and then? This time it falls to The Victim to explore the phenomenon of online vigilantism across it’s week-long running time. There are very strong echoes of the Jamie Bulger case embedded throughout…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E6/6)

It’s been a long road to this final chapter of Baptiste – and it’s been a very bumpy journey along the way, beset with gigantic plot holes and paper-thin characters. How such a poorly constructed show could have been extrapolated from the brilliant elements that made The Missing such a hit is a mystery that…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E5/6)

If broadcast television is largely a game of numbers then there is a bit of a discrepancy on the books with regards to Baptiste, which debuted with nearly eight million expectant viewers and is now trailing out of its first season with half of that audience share depleted – a remarkably similar trajectory to Strangers,…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E4/6)

It wouldn’t have been out of place to hear the familiar duff duff duff of the Eastenders closing theme tune at the end of last week’s episode, such was the level of melodrama on display – and it seemed it was met by the same level of incredulity from most viewers. Despite opening the season…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E3/6)

Judging by the critical response to Baptiste in the past week it seems there is a growing sense of it not reaching the same dramatic heights as its parent show The Missing. While the shows might share a central character it’s clear show-runners Harry and Jack Williams are trying to hit a different narrative beat…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E2/6)

If the last season of Luther recently terrified people into avoiding buses, then this past week it seems the BBC did it’s job once again of scaring the general public about their everyday activities when Baptiste depicted a less than helpful gas engineer visiting a pensioner with a chainsaw in his toolbox. Viewers took to…