REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E8/8)

When the BBC announced that would be bringing the story of Charles Sobhraj to the small screen, I read up a little on his case. It’s a mind-boggling story, full of deceit, manipulation, glamour and terrifying violence. It’s also a story that evolved until the 2010s, so I knew that going into this final episode…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E7/8)

All roads lead to Paris. Charles Sobhraj and Marie-Andrée had left south-east Asia behind intent on starting a semi-legitimate business up in the French capital. Soon enough, the whole tone and feel of the series changed – instead of the grimy, alive streets of Bombay and Bangkok, it was slick suits and chic fashions. The…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E4/8)

We’ve reached the half-way stage of this excellent, intoxicating, terrifying crime drama, and it’s safe to say that just when you thought things couldn’t get any more tense, the levels got ratcheted up a level. Throughout the three previous episodes, The Serpent has presented us with dual timelines – ones that have respectively shown serial…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E2/8)

At the end of the first episode of BBC One’s glossy, cinematic and hyper-stylised retelling of the story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, I wondered if it could stretch the story out for eight episodes. I also wondered if the series was going to be more style over substance because that first episode was so…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E1/8)

A very happy New Year! If you read our gigantic 2021 preview (go here if you haven’t), you’ll know that 2021 starts in earnest with BBC One’s glossy-looking new, eight-part period crime drama, The Serpent. It’s been on the slate for a while now (a COVID casualty, perhaps), and boasts a very decent cast to…

BBC One confirms transmission date for The Serpent

BBC One has confirmed the transmission date for The Serpent. Tahar Rahim and Jenna Coleman star as murderer Charles Sobhraj and his partner Marie-Andrée Leclerc respectively, with Billy Howle and Ellie Bamber seen for the first time as Herman and Angela Knippenberg. Inspired by real events, The Serpent tells the remarkable story of how Sobhraj…

REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E4/4)

For the past three episodes, Helen FitzGerald’s The Cry has been adapted into a brilliant, taut, fascinating and emotional four-part thriller. Ostensibly the story of a missing (kidnapped? murdered?) baby, it has developed beautifully and naturally into almost something else entirely: an exploration of manipulation, deception and paranoia so riveting it was hard to concentrate…

REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E3/4)

So far, this four-part adaptation of Helen FitzGerald’s The Cry (listen to our podcast with Helen here) has been excellent: a psychological thriller of the highest order. What I mean by psychological thriller is that all those addictive twists and turns we so love in the genre are plentiful – no more so than THE…

REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E2/4)

Twists are a funny thing. They’re de rigueur in psychological thrillers on the page – so-called domestic noirs – where each one seems to try and out-twist the next. There was no doubt a major twist(s) was going to come in The Cry, the BBC One adaptation of Helen FitzGerald’s novel (more of her on The Killing Times…

REVIEW: The Cry (S1 E1/4)

I just knew this four-part adaptation of Australian author Helen FitzGerald’s The Cry would put us through the wringer, and for an hour it most assuredly did. Like all psychological thrillers, there was a constant feeling of unease, mostly due to the structure and the subject matter. It was filling the hole left by Bodyguard,…

BBC One confirms The Cry transmission date

This one has been waiting in the wings for a little while, and now we know when it’s going to air. Based on the novel by Helen FitzGerald, The Cry is a four-part drama that tells the story of Joanna (Jenna Coleman) and her husband Alistair (Ewen Leslie), who travel with their baby from Scotland to Australia…

BBC releases new autumn drama trailer

Now the World Cup is done and dusted, attention turns to regular scheduling and the upcoming autumn season of crime drama. Yesterday the BBC released its new autumn drama trailer, full of treats like Doctor Who, Les Misérables and Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard. But forget those: there are a few bona fide crime dramas in among them….