Channel 4 releases first-look image from Before We Die

Back in September 2020 we brought you news that Channel 4 was adapting an English-language version of Swedish series Before We Die. Now we have our first images from the show. The remake of the Swedish series it’s produced by from newly formed production company, Eagle Eye Drama, launched by the same team behind global…

Review: Paranoid (S1 E1/8), Thursday 23rd September, ITV

A lot has already been written about Paranoid, mostly negative, and I have to add my voice to that negativity. Not that I do that lightly, because getting something onto the screen is difficult, and it takes a herculean effort from a writer, a team of actors, and a team of technicians, who all work incredibly…

ITV confirms transmission date for Paranoid

We’re in the middle of the start of the autumn season of new crime dramas, and there’s loads to watch at the moment. One thing that was on the horizon was ITV’s Paranoid, an eight-part drama starring the likes of Lesley Sharpe, Robert Glenister and Indira Varma. It’ll be the channel’s big crime drama for…

Netflix becomes co-producer on ITV’s Paranoid

One of the potential highlights of the autumn is ITV’s Paranoid, which is being set up to be a kind of Broadchurch-style event series. It’s due to drop in the autumn and has a good cast and a great, crime novel-like hook, and now the show has also gained an impressive co-producer, which is going…

Filming starts on BBC’s Rochdale sexual abuse drama

The BBC never shies away from the dramatisation of a harrowing true story (mind you, ITV doesn’t either). We know that there’s a Shannon Matthews drama (starring Sheridan Smith) on the way, and now the network has announced that filming has started on a drama that also explores a particularly shocking and awful true-life set…

ITV announces new eight-part drama, Paranoid

ITV has announced that Indira Varma, Robert Glenister, Neil Stuke, Lesley Sharp and Kevin Doyle are to star in a new eight-part thriller called Paranoid, to be produced by Red Production Company. Basically anything from Red is worth a watch, I know that you know that. The series is written by acclaimed writer and producer Bill Gallagher whose…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E4/8), Wednesday 1st October, ITV

Rachel Bailey’s (Suranne Jones) man-famine is over. Following an unusually fallow period the most sexually voracious cop in Manchester is back in the saddle. And for a nice change it isn’t with a married man, so you’d think she’d want to shout her love from the rooftops. If fact, he’s a real catch; even DCI Gill…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E3/8), Wednesday 24th September, ITV

  As predicted here last week, the return of Prodigal Mom Sharon has reduced the life of Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) – which was starting to take an upward trajectory (at least career-wise) – to its default position of disarray in record time. Sharon, the magnificent shambles who somehow birthed our just-promoted Det Sgt, rolls in…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E2/8), Wednesday 17th September, ITV

It had to happen; Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones), deliriously happy after being promoted last week, began to unravel mentally in double-quick time in the second episode. The pressure of her sudden and ill-advised elevation to the rank of detective sergeant saw her jackbooting around the nick like a Top Shop-clad SS officer. Not the kind of…

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E1/8), Wednesday 10th September, ITV

Hurrah! The ladies who punch are back on our screens. And – double hurrah! – Scott (Lesley Sharp) and Bailey (Suranne Jones) are bezzie mates again after the protracted and frankly rather tiresome ‘handbags at 20 paces’ shenanigans of last season. And this really is good for the cause of women at work. Leave the maverick…

Interview: Lesley Sharp, Scott & Bailey

It’s only a day before the start of series four of Scott & Bailey. Yesterday we put up a chat with Suranne Jones, and today it’s the turn of her onscreen partner Lesley Sharp, who plays Janet Scott. Series four threatens to drive a wedge between the two women, so let’s see what Lesley has…

Five crime dramas you must watch in the next month

After a summer of turbulence and sport – a LOT of sport – we can finally hunker down in front of our Bakelites to get stuck into more new crime drama than you can shake a bloody knife at. There has been the odd spark during the summer (Banshee, Matrioshki, Perception, the return of Rizzoli…