REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E5&6/6)

In three short weeks we’ve reached the conclusion to this third series of Cardinal – and whilst it’s not lived up to the standard set by its debut season, the show remains an enjoyable experience as a solid police procedural. Much of these last two episodes were more concerned with the second-string story around the…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E3&4/6)

We’re already halfway through the new season of Cardinal and things are just starting to heat up, with the dynamics of family life once again at the forefront of these episodes. One family that seems to be forged from fractured lives is that of Sharlene ‘Mama’ Winston and her brood of runaways. But Mama’s not…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E1&2/6)

We welcome back Cardinal to the BBC’s Saturday night crime slot for its much-anticipated third season, having concluded its original Canadian run in March. The series follows on directly from the shocking conclusion of the second season, this time merging elements from author Giles Blunt’s novels By The Time You Read This and Crime Machine….

REVIEW: 54 Hours – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (S1 E2/2)

There’s a very famous horror movie called Cannibal Holocaust that caused a huge amount of controversy on it’s release in the director’s native homeland of Italy. Ruggero Deodato had set out to make an exploitation movie about exploitation itself – inspired by the Italian media’s coverage of the Red Brigade murders of the 1970s, where…

REVIEW : 54 Hours – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (S1 E1/2)

A few years ago the UK was gripped by the manhunt for Raoul Moat, who had gone on the run after shooting his former partner and her new boyfriend. Rolling coverage of the investigation reached fever pitch when Moat was thought to be holed up somewhere near a small town called Rothbury and the media…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E5&6/6)

Our journey through Mystery Road concluded this week and while the final destination ended up being a little underwhelming, the overall experience has been of a superior serial with something interesting to say about the Australian mentality. The main theme in these concluding episodes was around legacies – those we inherit, those we live out…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E3&4/6)

If last week’s opening episodes of Australian crime drama Mystery Road were all about establishing the idea of community and the collective weight it’s people bear when a crime dredges up old secrets, then this week’s were all about family – and the ties that bind us to keep those secrets with us to the…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E1&2/6)

There’s something about BBC4’s crime drama schedule on a Saturday night that just usually feels hygge in its traditional environment of autumnal evenings, partly due to the colder climates that nordic noir normally offers us – but this year they’ve programmed it as such to deliver three very sunshine-packed shows back to back – the…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E5&6/6)

In the week that saw Spanish actor Willy Toldeo arrested and detained for questioning after “ridiculing the Virgin Mary and God” on social media, you might be tempted to pontificate on the history of religion in society when mixed with the law – especially in the context of how the remainder of The Plague played…

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

Seville is shut down this week in historical crime drama The Plague when the illness forces the council to close its borders as La Peste rages through the city like a wildfire; amidst the dead and dying a serial killer is still on the loose and unlikely duo Mateo and Valerio must find the murderer…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E1&2/6)

Historical crime drama is something of a rare treat these days – we barely ever exit the Nineteenth Century normally for our more ‘classical’ TV series in the West – so it was with great interest I heard the BBC had picked up La Peste (The Plague), Telefonica’s smash-hit serial-killer drama set in Spain circa…

Review: Beck (E1/5), Saturday 12th September, BBC1

We’re into the stygian evenings of September – a perfect backdrop to the penumbrous characters surrounding events in Swedish cop series Beck (adapted from the beloved novels of the legendary husband-and-wife team of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö). And as Jeremy Clarkson might say, Scandi dramas like first episode Buried Alive don’t come much darker than this.