The sheer amount of crime dramas this year has, occasionally, been overwhelming (honestly, if you know anyone who wants to write reviews for the site, please get in touch – it’d be good to share the load), and it could be argued that there has been more quantity than quality. However, it’s been another fun ride, and the fun is set to continue into the autumn and winter, traditionally when the big guns are wheeled out. So, with that in mind, here’s our great, big, enormo autumn/winter preview. All transmission dates are very much TBC, and there will no doubt be a few more that sneak into the schedules after this has been published. Be warned: you may never leave your house again.
Filming has started on the fourth series of hugely solid, reliable and enjoyable BBC1 drama Shetland, which sees the return of Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar and Julie Graham alongside new faces for a six-part series filming on location in Shetland, Glasgow and Norway. Yes, you read that correctly: Norway.
The next stop for me at yesterday’s excellent Killer Women Crime Writing Festival was the panel session comprising some big names from the world of crime fiction and crime drama, which was obviously a good fit for this site. Entitled ‘Serial Thrillers’ it was hosted by Colette McBeth and asked questions about what it takes to adapt something for TV.
We love a bit of Shetland here at The Killing Times, that extremely watchable adaptation of Ann Cleeves’s bestselling novels starring Douglas Henshall. And, judging by the way our readers voted for it in the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, so do many of you out there, too. We weren’t quite sure whether the series would be commissioned for a third series, only because series two didn’t do as well as its first and we all know how impatient TV people are. But Ann herself tweeted something out this afternoon that gladdened our heart.
We’re onto the fourth and final quarter-final today, which sees Denmark’s The Killing (which breezed through the group stages) take on Scotland’s Shetland. Shetland edged out Wales’ Hinterland for a place in the quarters, and now it has to step up its game even further to try and dislodge one of the favourites. Can it cause on upset?
So we trundle on in the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, and yesterday Spiral eased through a tough group top of the table and unbeaten. Now we move onto Group B, where there’s a tasty fixture in the offing: Sweden’s The Bridge takes on Scotland’s Shetland. Could there be the tournament’s first big upset on the cards?
The Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama continues today with a return to Group B, to catch up with Scotland’s Shetland and Germany’s Cenk Batu. Shetland kicked off its campaign with an impressive victory over Hinterland in its opening game. Now it’s back in the spotlight for the Scottish representative, with a match-up it should, on paper, win relatively easily.