REVIEW: Twin (S1 E7&8/8)

Do you remember the days when every new nordic noir that popped up on our screens seemed to be pure television gold? I caught myself thinking back to that halcyon age this weekend when watching the conclusion of Twin, and how the perpetual demand for new content within this genre has – in some ways…

REVIEW : Twin (S1 E5&6/8)

Twin has developed across the past few weeks into a quietly sober family drama, with any aspects of crime largely left in the background. With the running time starting to build toward its inevitable conclusion, things naturally shifted up a few gears this week as we dug ever deeper into the brothers’ lives, with some…

REVIEW: Twin (S1 E3&4/8)

Twin left us a bit confused last week as to what tone it was trying to set in its tale of estranged brothers played by Kristofer Hivju, but with these two new episodes already bringing us to the half-way point of the season, it was clear that the show had settled into a more familiar…

REVIEW: Twin (S1 E1&2/8)

It’s been relatively slim pickings in the BBC4 Saturday Night Primetime slot this year for crime dramas so far, so the arrival of the much-publicised Twin comes as a welcome treat during these troubling times. The NRK series originally broadcast in its native Norway late last year, primarily leveraging its international promotion off the back…

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…