The Killing Times Top 20 Crime Dramas Of The Year: Part one, 20-16

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Everyone loves a list, right? It’s what we like to do at the end of the year – the internet equivalent of sitting in a pub and discussing our chosen subject; what was good, what was bad and what makes the cut. We here at The Killing Times are no different – we like to sit down at the end of the year (and we mean the end of the year) and countdown the best crime dramas we’ve seen in the past 12 months. And this year – to reflect the sheer quantity of series and one-offs this year – we’ve expanded our list to 20 selections, instead of the 15 we’ve stuck with in the past. So strap in, read on… and be prepared for a few shocks. Continue reading

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Elementary renewed for sixth series

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Half a decade ago, there was much hullaballoo when US network CBS announced that it was going to broadcast its own version of Sherlock Holmes, starring British actor Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. How dare they? screamed many Holmes die-hards, especially as the announcement was coming (very) soon after the successful Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss reboot for the BBC. While the BBC version became a global success and a bit of an enigma, catapulting Benedict Cumberbatch to superstardom, the US version also proved its worth. If the BBC’s Sherlock is all bangs and whistles and narrative pyrotechnics, the US version – Elementary – resembles a long-running and often deeply satisfying police procedural. And now it has been renewed for a sixth series. Continue reading

Review: Sherlock (S4 E1/3), Sunday 1st January, BBC1

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sherlock_4-1_29The long-awaited return of Sherlock bears the burden of being required to explain unresolved matters from previous episodes before it can get on with its own concerns. Rapidly dealt with is the little matter of Sherlock being a murderer; the government (that is to say, Mycroft) is so worried that Moriarty may not be dead, that footage is faked to absolve Sherlock of the killing of Charles Augustus Magnussen. So, not even a pardon needed. Result!

NB: Spoilers abound Continue reading

Interview: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock

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624As well know, Sherlock is now a global phenomenon and its star, Benedict Cumberbatch, has been propelled into the stratosphere because of it. It’s a wonder that any of the main players have any time to do Sherlock these days, but it’s great that they do – it’s one of those real event TV moments. Anyway, on the eve of the new series, we managed to get hold of an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, which you can read after the jump. Continue reading

BBC announces Sherlock series 4 transmission date and new trailer

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 13:00:00 on 31/08/2016 - Programme Name: Sherlock - TX: n/a - Episode: Sherlock - early release Sept (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Dr John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) - (C) Hartswood Films - Photographer: Todd Antony

 (C) Hartswood Films – Photographer: Todd Antony

The roads we walk have demons hidden.
And yours have been waiting for a very long time.

And lo, it came to pass, that the great Sherlock machine whirred into life yesterday. It’s been a fantastically busy week for me this past seven days, so I’m behind on my reviews (Ängelby, The Missing). I’m doing a bit of catching up this morning, so I thought I’d put this out there: the first Sherlock trailer from series four, and a transmission date. Continue reading