REVIEW: The City & The City (S1 E4/4)

  We reach the conclusion of The City & The City, as Borlú desperately attempts to find the connection between the disappearance of his own wife and the murder of Mahalia. With his closest allies turning against him, can he uncover the truth in both cases and bring the guilty to justice before it’s too…

REVIEW: The City & The City (S1 E3/4)

  The City & The City hit some rough terrain last week after it’s initially smooth start, as the search for Mahalia’s killer moved to Ul Qoma and… well, very little happened. With Borlú’s time running out in the sister city, can he uncover the truth about Orciny and it’s role in what happened to…

Review : The City & The City (S1 E2/4), Friday 13th April, BBC Two

The City & The City returns for it’s second installment after a highly encouraging debut episode last week. David Morrissey held together the central role of Inspector Tyador Borlú well enough despite some familiar cliches (haunted past, scraggy beard, off-brand cigarettes, bit grumpy) coming along for the ride – but moreover, the character served us well…

Review : The City & The City (S1 E1/4), Friday 6th April, BBC 2

China Miéville’s much-lauded, award-winning novel The City & The City finally gets the BBC adaptation treatment, after lying around in development hell with the broadcaster since 2015. A heady combination of police procedural and ‘weird’ fiction, the story centers around two cities called Ul Qoma and Beszel that occupy the same geographical space – but…

Review: The Missing (S2 E8/8), Wednesday 30th November, BBC1

And so it came to this. The final instalment of a crazy, dual timeline-hopping story that has taken in Germany, Iraq and Switzerland as its three main locations. A story of family breakdowns, shocks, twists and a power drill. Yes, this second series of The Missing has had a bit of everything and is the…

Review: The Missing (S2 E7/8), Wednesday 23rd November, BBC1

So last week I posted a review where I stated everything seemed to point to the women who said she was Alice Webster being Alice Webster. Some readers pointed out that I got this wrong. But surely this is all part of the game – the Williams brothers pulling us this way and that, injecting subterfuge…

Review: The Missing (S2 E6/8), Wednesday 16th November, BBC1

Can we talk about the drill? I think we can. When army liaison officer Adam Gettrick was revealed to have been ‘Alice Webster”s captor and father to her child (or at least that’s what was inferred) and mercilessly and brutally killed German Polizei Jorn Lenhart with a cordless drill (I still can’t drive past a B&Q after…

Review: The Missing (S2 E5/8), Wednesday 9th November, BBC1

I’ve been enjoying this series of The Missing. I have, honestly. I know I’ve been gobbing on about lack of emotional connection with the characters (because of the dual timeline approach), but I have been enjoying it: it has been innovatively told, very well acted and full of edge-of-your-seat twists and turns. This episode – episode…

Review: The Missing (S2 E2/8), Wednesday 19th October, BBC1

So off we went on series two of The Missing last week – another emotional rollercoaster ride, this time featuring the Webster family, who were coming to terms with the reappearance of their lost daughter, Alice Webster. But that wasn’t all. That was in 2014, and now, in the present day, Julien Baptiste was in…

Review: The Missing (S2 E1/8), Wednesday 12th October, BBC1

The first series of The Missing was the series that put the Williams brothers – Harry and Jack – on the map. It was a harrowing story of two British parents stranded in France searching desperately for their little boy, Oliver, with the help of local policeman Julien Baptiste. The search drove the couple apart…