REVIEW The North Water (S1 E1/5)

Like many people, during lockdown 1.0 I lost all concentration. I lost my reading mojo, and I just switched to easy watches. Heavy crime drama wasn’t doing it for me. But then, somehow, I began to catch up in the autumn and winter and one of the series I really enjoyed was The Terror. The…

BBC Two releases new images for The North Water

We can’t wait for The North Water, the dark period drama starring Stephen Graham and Colin Farrell. The new photos feature Jack O’Connell as Patrick Sumner, Farrell as Henry Drax, and Graham as Captain Brownlee, alongside Tom Courtenay as Baxter, seen here in character for the first time. The North Water also stars Peter Mullan,…

Colin Farrell to star in BBC Two thriller

Golden Globe-winner Colin Farrell has boarded the BBC Two four-part thriller The North Water, being adapted and directed by multi-award-winning Andrew Haigh. Based on the critically acclaimed novel from Ian McGuire, this tale of murder, mystery and survival has topped critic’s lists around the world and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named…

Review: True Detective (S2 E8/8), Monday 10th August, Sky Atlantic

And so it all came to this. One of the most talked about, maligned, high-profile crime dramas of recent years headed into its finale with the critics erring on the side of negativity, and with its viewership thoroughly divided. Throughout its heavily layered, slowish pace and unrelenting gloominess, it lost people I knew who had…

Review: True Detective (S2 E7/8), Monday 3rd August, Sky Atlantic

There was a real sense of characters clearing the decks in this, the penultimate episode of the second series of True Detective, which, for narrative cohesion and pace, did the whole thing no end of good. Like the city of Los Angeles the story is set in, there are many layers to this story. Let’s face it…

Review: True Detective (S2 E6/8), Monday 27th July, Sky Atlantic

I’m happy to admit that I wasn’t looking forward to this episode. Knowing HBO’s penchant for gratuitous nudity, the prospect of Ani Bezzerides going undercover at an Eyes Wide Shut-style sex party made me uneasy. I was expecting wall-to-wall, highly stylised cavorting the likes of which would make Game Of Thrones blush. Throughout these past…

Review: True Detective (S2 E5/8), Monday 20th July, Sky Atlantic

Last week’s episode employed shock and awe tactics to jolt us out of any potential lull we were feeling during this second series of True Detective. The shoot-out was a finely choreographed mess, but a jolt it was nonetheless. Some would argue you shouldn’t need this kind of explosive scene to bring a series to…

Review: True Detective (S2 E4/8), Monday 12th July, Sky Atlantic

In episode four of the first series of True Detective there was an urgent escalation. Rust Cohle went undercover to a drug dealer’s house and, himself strung out on all kinds of narcotics, involved himself in a terrifying, single-track shoot-out that became the stuff of legend. It was singularly the most intense scene I’ve ever…

Review: True Detective (S2 E3/8), Monday 6th July, Sky Atlantic

The big question on everyone’s lips is (or at least was): did Ray Velcoro really die at the end of episode two? The very fact that we’re asking that question says a lot of about society and our inflated sense of self and even our attitudes to death (but that’s a separate discussion right there,…

Review: True Detective (S2 E2/8), Monday 29th June, Sky Atlantic

It’s almost a relief that last week’s first episode of the second series of True Detective has been and gone, because the fall-out from that episode was beginning to drive me mad. It was so eagerly awaited everyone, and I mean everyone, seemed to have an opinion on it (including, let’s be fair, me and…

Review: True Detective (S2 E1/8), Monday 22nd June, Sky Atlantic

It seems so long ago that Rust Cohle and Marty Hart stumbled wide-eyed into Carcosa to take down The Yellow King. By that stage True Detective had become a huge hit and had ignited theorists all over the internet to speculate daily on the nature of those totems, the location of Carcosa and the identity of…