Review: Three Girls (S1 E3/3), Thursday 18th May, BBC1

I had to drive down to Bristol to CrimeFest on Thursday night, so I missed the final episode of Three Girls in real time. So, yes, this review is a bit late, but I felt I needed to post something about it because it affected me so much on an emotional level. I try and…

Review: Three Girls (S1 E2/3), Tuesday 17th May, BBC1

Last night, the first episode of the three-part Three Girls kicked us all in the solar plexus and made us hover on the verge of tears. It told the story of Holly and her young teenage friends who were lured into a hideous paedophile prostitution ring, populated by men in Rochdale. At the end of…

Review: Three Girls (S1 E1/3), Tuesday 16th May, BBC1

The BBC continuity person doled out lots of warnings – sexual violence, physical violence and all the rest – before this three-part drama (stripped over three nights) started. There was no doubt – if there ever was any doubt – that this was going to be a harrowing, difficult watch. It was the story –…

BBC confirms transmission date for Three Girls

This one’s going to be another tough one to watch, make no mistake. Over the past few months we’ve had two significant dramas that have brought the story of high-profile true stories to the screen (BBC’s The Moorside and ITV’s current Little Boy Blue), and now we have another: the BBC’s Three Girls, which tells…

Review: The Thrill Of Love, Saturday 5th November, BBC Radio 4

One show I forgot to mention in last week’s 10 Best Crime Dramas Of The Week was this radio play, The Thrill Of Love. We don’t cover nearly enough radio crime dramas here at The Killing Times, which is a shame because radio is perhaps my favourite medium. But… when I saw that this new,…

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…

Review: Craven Omnibus, BBC Radio 4 Extra

Maxine Peake is and has always been one of our most watchable actresses. She’s one of those rare talents where you just know that anything she appears in will be good, and usually really good. For six series of Craven she’s ably transferred her visual acting prowess to radio, and her portrayal of the driven DCI…