Cast announced for Alibi’s Ragdoll

UK crime drama channel Alibi has joined forced with US cable service AMC for a new, six-part series. Based on the novel by Daniel Cole, the story revolves around the murder of six people whose bodies have been dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body. Deadline says: “Assigned to the shocking case…

ITV announces new crime drama from the creator of Shetland and Vera

Award-winning novelist Ann Cleeves’ new creation – Detective Matthew Venn – is coming to television. The creator of Shetland and Vera released the first novel in her new series – The Long Call – in 2019, and now it has been picked up by ITV for adaptation. The story centres around Detective Inspector Matthew Venn,…

ITV confirms transmission date for McDonald & Dodds

Another big crime show starting on ITV soon is brand-new cop show McDonald & Dodds. Previously called Invisible, it’s set in Bath, and we’re two feature-length films that pair the wildly ambitious DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia) with the shy, modest DS Dodds (Jason Watkins). While McDonald has transferred from the mean streets of South London…

Sky Atlantic orders adaptation of CJ Skuse’s Sweetpea

Sky Atlantic has ordered a new eight-part adaptation of CJ Skuse’s celebrated Sweetpea novel. It tells the story of Rhiannon, your average girl next door, who is living quietly with her boyfriend and little dog. By day her job as an office manager is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friends’…

Elizabeth Is Missing transmission date confirmed by writer

One of the shows we’re looking forward to very much is BBC One’s Elizabeth Is Missing. The good news is that it’s just around the corner. An intriguing-sounding mystery, it marks the return to television by legendary actress Glenda Jackson. The one-off drama combines a gripping mystery with a tender yet unflinching exploration of one…

REVIEW: A Confession (S1 E5/6)

It’s time for me to catch up with A Confession, ITV’s retelling of the story of DS Steve Fulcher, a murderer, Christopher Halliwell, and two of his victims – Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden – as well as seismic trauma suffered by the victims’ families. So far, we’ve seen Fulcher catch a killer by unconventional…

Alibi announces new series We Hunt Together

UKTV crime channel, Alibi, is now fully in on the business of producing original content. The home of Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Fisher has announced a new six-part series – We Hunt Together – written by Cheat’s Gaby Hull. The series begins with the collision of two people: Babeni (Baba), a former child soldier desperate…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E4/4)

In Degüello, it’s 1969, (still), and the face of Oxford is changing – Cllr. Clive Burkitt’s building schemes are raising (shoddy) tower blocks in Martyrs’ Field, and we’re in for a torrid tale of corruption in government, business and the police. Meanwhile, Bright’s wife is dying of cancer, Fred’s agonising over taking bungs from Box,…

ITV renews Endeavour for a seventh series

ITV has confirmed that hit detective drama Endeavour has been recommissioned for a seventh series.  The new set of films will see Evans reprise his role alongside celebrated star of stage and screen, Roger Allam as mentor DI Fred Thursday. It’s goodbye to Morse and Thursday for now, but not forever… #Endeavour will return to @ITV with a…

ITV names Cheat transmission dates

Like Liar before it, ITV loves a bit of psychological drama, especially an ‘event’ psychological drama stripped across a whole week. The channel’s latest – Cheat – is just around the corner, and will be stripped across several days. It stars Katherine Kelly and the award-winning Molly Windsor in a drama that focuses on the…

Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith to star in BBC factual crime drama

We’ve had a few crime dramas in recent years that have dramatised real-life events – think Appropriate Adult, The Moorside, Little Boy Blue and, most recently, Manhunt – and now we have another one, thanks to the team of Jeff Pope and Neil McKay. Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith are to star in The Barking Murders –…