Review: Save Me (S1 E1/6), Wednesday 28th February, Sky Atlantic

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Sky Atlantic is more known for its HBO and Showtime imports than its UK originals, although it has been increasing its in-house productions year on year. Most recently we’ve had The Tunnel (good), Riviera (meh) and Tin Star (average) in the crime drama genre, but now we get Save Me: a six-part…

First Look: Save Me, Sky Atlantic

Sky Atlantic’s six-part thriller, Save Me, starts next week (Wednesday 28th February), and there was a screening at London’s BAFTA building in Piccadilly last night. Written by and starring Lennie James – and also starring Stephen Graham and Suranne Jones, among others – it’s set in and around a south London housing estate, and features…

Review: Little Boy Blue (S1 E2/4), Monday 1st May, ITV

Last week¬†ITV’s new four-part adaptation of the tragic Rhys Jones story introduced us to both a family trying to come to terms with the overwhelming grief of losing an 11-year-old son to a seemingly random murder and a policeman in a temporary position tasked with bringing those who took the lad’s life to justice. We…

Review: Little Boy Blue (S1 E1/4), Monday 24th April, ITV

And so we come to our post-Broadchurch, Monday-night crime watch. Whereas the final, third series of Broadchurch managed to present a harrowing case of sexual assault with sensitivity and a great deal of procedural realism, almost to the point of documentary¬†style, it has nothing on an actual true story. And this is what Little Boy…

ITV confirms transmission date for Little Boy Blue

A few months ago we saw the BBC’s attempt to bring to life a harrowing true-life crime story – that of the Shannon Matthews disappearance – and now ITV is getting in on the act. True crime stories are always fraught with difficulty and come with potential controversy – how do you depict things that…

Channel 4 confirms transmission date for The Watchman

We’re getting a lot of transmission confirmations today, which is great because we know that in a few weeks normal service will be resumed and lots of new stuff will be starting. One such thing is Channel 4’s The Watchman, a one-off drama starring the always-brilliant Stephen Graham in the kind of role he does…

Review: The Secret Agent (S1 E2/3), Sunday 24th July, BBC1

I woke up this morning after last night’s second episode of The Secret Agent to news of more shootings and suicide bombs, in Florida and Germany respectively. It’s a hard, awful world we’re living in at the moment, and The Secret Agent, although set a hundred years ago, has themes and arguments that are extremely…

Review: The Secret Agent (S1 E1/3), Sunday 17th July, BBC1

As has been noted this new adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent is topical and almost prescient, telling as it does of a cell of anarchists headed by Soho smut peddler and double agent Adolph Verloc, tasked by his Russian embassy paymaster to take things onto a new level and provoke his cell into…

BBC confirms The Secret Agent transmission date

I’ve tried to stay away from spy dramas because, well, they’re not really crime dramas, per se. But the BBC’s adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel, The Secret Agent, does have a strong crime element in it, thanks to Stephen Graham’s Chief Inspector Heat of Scotland Yard. It’s a Victorian-set thriller, and what I’ve seen…