Review: In The Dark (S1 E3/4), Tuesday 25th July, BBC1

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You get the sense that the BBC is testing the water a bit with In The Dark, the four-part series that adapts two of Mark Billingham’s crime novels. MyAnna Buring was excellent as DI Helen Weeks in the first two-part story, and I do wonder if Weeks could form the basis for a new longish-running series featuring a new female protagonist. It’s an option for sure, and in the first two episodes, Weeks (and Buring) revealed herself to be a flawed, no-nonsense detective with likeable traits.

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Danny Brocklehurst and MyAnna Buring guest on A Stab In The Dark

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UKTV’s crime podcast A Stab In The Dark rolls on this week with two guests at the heart of British crime drama at the moment. Danny Brocklehurst and MyAnna Buring are currently featured in the adaptation of Mark Billingham’s Time Of Death and In The Dark novels for the BBC. More details after the jump! Continue reading

Review: In The Dark (S1 E1/4), Tuesday 11th July, BBC1

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Here we go, then. Another new crime drama series on the BBC, but this one looks to have some pedigree about it, both in front of and behind the camera. We have an original (award-winning) crime writer, Mark Billingham, an award-winning screenwriter, Danny Brocklehurst, doing the adapting, and MyAnna Buring doing the acting. What could go wrong?

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Interview: MyAnna Buring, In The Dark

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This coming Tuesday night, BBC One broadcasts the first episode of In The Dark, Danny Brocklehurst’s four-part adaptation of Mark Billingham’s two Helen Weeks stand-alone books (Time Of Death and In The Dark). It’s good stuff, with Ripper Street’s MyAnna Buring taking the lead role (her first lead role maybe in a TV series? I’ll have to check) as the driven detective. We managed to get hold of an interview with the Swedish-born actress, which you can read after the jumperoo. Continue reading

Mark Billingham’s In The Dark transmission date confirmed by the BBC

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Mark Billingam’s 14 Tom Thorne novels have helped to establish him as one of Britain’s most popular and best-selling writers. Sky’s adaptations of Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were a success, but we heard some time ago that two of his stand-alone novels (although they have connections to the Thorne novels) – In The Dark and Rush Of Blood – were to be broadcast by the BBC. Now we know when In The Dark will be appearing. Continue reading

Review: Prey (S2 E1/3), Wednesday 9th December, ITV

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Chris Brunt’s first run of Prey was just fantastic. It was a three-part rollercoaster ride that featured chases, narrow escapes, suspense and plenty of tension. With crime drama nowadays striving so hard to be a multi-layered exploration of life that often includes politics, gender and psychosexual issues, mental illness and all sorts of things, there’s always room for something different. Not that Prey isn’t multi-layered (it is), but it unashamedly cuts out anything that would muddy its waters and concentrates on providing thrills aplenty. The good news is that series two delivers on those levels quite spectacularly. Continue reading