The BBC commissions four BIG crime dramas for second series

The BBC has recommissioned four of its biggest crime dramas from 2021 and early 2022 for second series. The Tourist, The Responder, Vigil and Time are all getting second runs. Vigil and Time – starring Suranne Jones and Sean Bean and Stephen Graham respectively – appeared first in early 2021 and went on to garner…

REVIEW The North Water (S1 E1/5)

Like many people, during lockdown 1.0 I lost all concentration. I lost my reading mojo, and I just switched to easy watches. Heavy crime drama wasn’t doing it for me. But then, somehow, I began to catch up in the autumn and winter and one of the series I really enjoyed was The Terror. The…

BBC Two confirms transmission date for The North Water

It’s a busy period at the moment as many of the main channels here in the UK are announcing premiere dates for some of the big autumn series. With this in mind, we now know when The North Water will start. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, the five-part series tells the story…

BBC Two releases new images for The North Water

We can’t wait for The North Water, the dark period drama starring Stephen Graham and Colin Farrell. The new photos feature Jack O’Connell as Patrick Sumner, Farrell as Henry Drax, and Graham as Captain Brownlee, alongside Tom Courtenay as Baxter, seen here in character for the first time. The North Water also stars Peter Mullan,…

REVIEW Time (S1 E3/3)

Jimmy McGovern’s Time has been a tough but compelling and extremely engrossing watch for two episodes, charting as it has two men’s stint inside an unforgiving prison: Mark Cobden, a prisoner who killed a man after driving home one night drunk, and Eric McNally, a prison guard forced into illegal activities to protect his son….

REVIEW Time (S1 E2/3)

There’s no doubt about it, Time is an outstanding drama in any genre. The way it plays with prison drama tropes to present a fully-rounded, 360º degree study of life in prison and what it does to people, as well as look closely at the consequences of crime, has been nothing short of a revelation….

Time starring Sean Bean: BBC One releases first-look image

The BBC has released a first-look image from new Jimmy McGovern prison drama, Time, starring Sean Bean. The three-part series also stars Stephen Graham and, it was announced today, Siobhan Finneran, Sue Johnston and Hannah Walters. Sean Bean takes on the role of Mark Hebden, a teacher, husband and father, who killed an innocent man…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E2/6)

Episode one of ITV’s latest true-crime adaptation certainly looked the part – its bleached-out colour palette gave it that nostalgia-tinted feel, while the cinematography inside the doomed Bamber house was brilliantly nightmarish. The story itself – that of the murders of Sheila Caffell, her two children and Nevill and June Bamber on a farm in…

REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E1/6)

ITV is making a habit of trotting out very well-made adaptations of true crime stories. Last year, we had Manhunt, starring Martin Clunes, and later in the year, we had the excellent A Confession, featuring Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton and Siobhan Finneran. Both were grimly fascinating stories well told. But as regular readers of this…

The Killing Times 2019 Awards: Best Supporting Actor In A Crime Drama

The nominees: Bradley Freegard reprised his role as Evan Howells in series two of Un Bore Mercher, portraying a man who had made some bad decisions that had ripped his family part; while Stephen Graham once again proved he’s one of the country’s top talents when he appeared in series five of Line Of Duty….

Line Of Duty V casting revealed by BBC

Last week we brought you the news that Stephen Graham was to join series five of Line Of Duty, Jed Mercurio’s hot cop thriller. Now we not only get confirmation from the BBC, but also more casting details. Graham will play John Corbett alongside Rochenda Sandall (Girlfriends, Broken) as Lisa McQueen – two pivotal figures…