The Killing Times’ Top 15 Crime Dramas Of 2016: Part 3, 5-1

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 08/03/2016 - Programme Name: Happy Valley series 2 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 6) - Picture Shows: **EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01 HRS ON TUESDAY 8TH MARCH** Catherine (SARAH LANCASHIRE) - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Ben Blackall

(C) Red Productions – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Just reading through the first 10 picks in our annual Top 15 Crime Dramas of year, it really hits you just how high the standard has been this year. Already we’ve had some of the heavy hitters of British crime drama, which means – I hope – that our top five is something really special. What makes these final five so special? It’s a subjective business, of course, but for us the very best crime drama manages to infuse a compelling mystery and detection process with stories of the human condition, and we really think this final batch of brilliant series managed to strike that perfect balance between the two. Read on for the top five, but don’t worry – I’ll give you the chance to vote for your favourites tomorrow. Continue reading

Killer Women Dispatches #3: Is crime fiction misogynistic?


Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 22.39.21The next panel session for me was ‘Is Crime Fiction Misogynistic?’, which was hosted by journalist India Knight and featured Sam Baker (who co-created The Pool, an excellent online magazine for women), journalist Julie Bindel and Irish novelist John Connolly. Elsewhere, there was the ‘How To Solve A Murder’ session (excellent, by all accounts), but I wanted to attend this because it’s such an interesting subject that can and could be debated for hours.  Continue reading

The Killing Times’ Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama: SEMI-FINAL 2: Happy Valley (England) v The Killing (Denmark)


EURO2016It’s almost the end of the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, and it’s time, today, for the second semi-final, which sees England’s Happy Valley (who saw off Iceland’s Trapped in an epic quarter-final) take on Denmark’s The Killing. It’s too close to call, so get voting! Continue reading

The Killing Times’ Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama: QUARTER-FINAL 3: Trapped (Iceland) v Happy Valley (England)


EURO2016Today sees the third and penultimate quarter-final and it looks like it’ll be a cracker – Iceland’s Trapped take on England’s Happy Valley. Happy Valley is one of the seeded teams, but Trapped burst onto the scene earlier this year and qualified handsomely. It beat out The Fall in the group stages, and now takes on a show that won easily in its group. All to play for! Continue reading

The Killing Times’ Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama: Happy Valley (England) v Inspector Montalbano (Italy)


EURO2016We had another good game yesterday, featuring tournament favourites The Bridge taking on Wales’ Hinterland. In the end the underdogs were no match for the Swedish powerhouse, and The Bridge romped away in the end. Today we’re back in Group C, where seeded team Happy Valley are back in action. Continue reading

The Killing Times’ Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama: Happy Valley (England) v Love/Hate (Ireland)


EURO2016We’re two games into our Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, and it’s going with script so far. The two seeded team who have played – Spiral (FRA) and The Bridge (SWE) – have both won convincingly, but now it’s the turn of another seeded team, England’s Happy Valley. They’re paired with Ireland’s Love/Hate in today’s fixture. It could be tasty. Continue reading