Review: Prime Suspect 1973 (S1 E2/6), Thursday 9th March, ITV


My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk. Oh no, my mistake – I’ve just dropped off in front of Prime Suspect 1973 again. 1973 – a year so dull that anodyne James Blunt wrote a song about it. Continue reading


ITV confirms transmission date for Prime Suspect 1973, releases trailer


prime_suspect_1973_01ITV is having a busy-old day today. Not only has it revealed the transmission date – or at least confirmed – for series three of Broadchurch, it has also issued forth news of the transmission date for Prime Suspect 1973, the eagerly-awaited prequel to the landmark series, Prime Suspect. As with all these things, it’s about brand retention and giving what the fans want, but if Prime Suspect 1973 is anything like Endeavour has been this series, we’re in for a treat.

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ITV casts the young Jane Tennison for Tennison


ITV_logo_2013.svgLast year I went to the Radio Times festival and enjoyed the panel session featuring Lynda La Plante, who told the audience that she would be taking an active role in the search for her young Jane Tennison, in her eagerly awaited prequel to Prime Suspect, Tennison. Now the search is over and ITV has announced who will be stepping into those legendary shoes, once frequented by Dame Helen Mirren. Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 18th – Sunday 24th April)

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(C) World Productions – Photographer: Steffan Hill

All eyes are, inevitably, on Line Of Duty this week (you can’t really take them off it, let’s face it) because there are more twists and turns than you can care to imagine. Elsewhere, the second series of Hinterland starts with the 2015 New Year’s Day special. We’ve already reviewed it, but enjoy it – it’s a cracker. Continue reading

Radio Times Festival Dispatches: Tennison


Radiotimesfestival_snip_21The inaugural Radio Times Festival is continuing along this afternoon and for crime drama fans (as well as crime fiction fans) one of the must-see panel sessions of the day was Lynda La Plante talking about her much anticipated prequel to her seminal Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison.  Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 31st August – Sunday 6th September)


Aden Young - in the SundanceTV original series "Rectify" - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden

I write this on a Bank Holiday Monday. A really wet and miserable Bank Holiday Monday at the end of an August that has been pretty rubbish weather-wise. This means only one thing – might as well sit in front of the telly and watch loads of crime drama, which, thankfully, shows no sign of abating. There’s a big new American series this week, as well as lots more goodies. Look out for this week’s radio highlights, too – there’s lots of Agatha Christie and a new three-part drama. Continue reading

Lynda La Plante: Jane Tennison to return


45827730This is big, big news, especially for lovers of both crime fiction and crime drama. The sort of news that stops you in your tracks; the sort of news that makes you spit out your tea onto the computer screen; the sort of news that makes you want to break out into some sort of Lambada-style dance without your trousers; the sort of news… well, you get the picture. So put down your cuppa, here’s the news: one of the most celebrated and beloved characters in British crime drama is on her way back – definitely in book form but, hold your breath, perhaps on the small screen, too. Continue reading