Cormoran Strike returns in Troubled Blood on BBC One

This year’s Christmas telly is starting to trickle through, and we have some crime drama in among all the festive hoopla. One such series returning this holiday season is Strike, from the pen of Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). Series five – subtitled Troubled Blood – is a four-part series and sees Tom Burke return…

REVIEW The Capture (S2 E2/6)

Although a new story, episode one of The Capture certainly picked up where the first series finished. It presented us with another hi-tech noir, this time featuring DI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) opting to work with the shadowy intelligence organisation she’s trying to bring down. Last night, we were introduced to security minister Isaac Turner…

REVIEW The Capture (S2 E1/6)

Twenty-nineteen’s The Capture was an intriguing and hugely watchable high-tech thriller, dealing as it did with deep fake technology and the potential it has to commit crimes, cover them up or, as series one did, finger someone for a crime they didn’t commit. At the end of that series, DI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) –…

The Capture season 2: BBC confirms transmission date

The Capture season 2 is on its way back, and now the BBC has confirmed its transmission date. The six-episode series sees DCI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) living a lonely, paranoid existence, struggling with thwarted ambitions while seconded to Counter Terrorism Command’s ‘mapping’ department. She’s officially joined the highly classified Correction team, but has yet…

Paapa Essiedu added to season two of The Capture

Surveillance thriller The Capture is coming back to BBC One for a new, second series. Once again starring Holliday Grainger, it welcomes a new co-star for series two. I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu will play Isaac Turner, a young rising star MP with ambitions for the very top. Indira Varma and Andy Nyman will…

REVIEW: Strike: Lethal White (S4 E4/4)

After holding out hope that this final part of the latest four-part Strike story would provide something approaching a satisfying ending, I was let down horribly. In the end, it came down to… I’m still not entirely sure, such was the furious onslaught of odd twists and turns. There were paintings, there were boys that…

REVIEW Strike: Lethal White (S4 E3/4)

I got really annoyed with myself at the end of this third episode of the fourth Strike story. Regular readers will know that I find Strike only mildly diverting, and the will-they-won’t-they relationship between Cormoran and Robin not only hard to swallow but also such a hackneyed, well-worn device. And yet… When the moment finally…

REVIEW Strike: Lethal White (S4 E2/4)

The second instalment of this undemanding adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series continued tonight. After a lukewarm start, we’re getting another episode straight off the bat (perhaps because it’s a Bank Holiday), and the good news is that the intrigue deepened. As I mentioned in yesterday’s review, there’s nothing especially wrong with Strike –…

REVIEW Strike: Lethal White (S4 E1/4)

This fourth instalment of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series (yes, it’s JK Rowling in disguise) is a welcome tonic, not least because we’re getting some actual new primetime drama on our main channels once again. And it’s also good news because, despite its flaws and cliches, you just can’t beat settling down on a Sunday…

Cormoran Strike: BBC One confirms new four-part drama

Robert Galbraith’ fourth book in, erm his, Cormoran Strike series is about to hit our screen. Lethal White has been on the BBC’s slate for a while now, and we’ve been waiting quietly and patiently for it be confirmed, but now it is! Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger return for the four-part mini series. The…

REVIEW: The Capture (S1 E6/6)

One of the things I’ve been thinking about while watching and reviewing The Capture – BBC One’s very good six-part conspiracy/tech thriller – is why it has terrified so many people, not least myself. We watch crime dramas all the time, and often they have monsters and serial killers and sadists and psychopaths in them….

BBC releases first image for surveillance thriller The Capture

We featured BBC surveillance drama The Capture in our humungous 2019 preview. It’s set to star Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner, and the BBC has just released the first image. The six-episode series is described as a surveillance thriller set in London. When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Turner) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned…