First trailer for We Own This City released by HBO

As huge fans of The Wire – and creators David Simon and George Pelacanos – one of the series we can’t wait to see this year is We Own This City, a new story set in Baltimore. It will be shown on HBO in the US and, presumably, Sky Atlantic here in the UK. The…

Michael K Williams, 1966-2021

“It’s weird, sometimes I still see myself as just starting out. I tend to forget how much I’ve been doing, but in the beginning it is about the hustle, being out there and doing the work. Nothing is going to come to you, you have to get out there and do the work, and I’ve…

AA Dhand’s Streets Of Darkness optioned for TV

I’m a bit late on this one but when I was reading The Guardian yesterday, I came across an article that compared a new novel – AA Dhand’s Streets Of Darkness – to, among other things, to Luther and The Wire. When someone does that you have to sit up and take notice, and that’s…

The 10 Most Influential Locations In Crime Drama

Watching both True Detective and Jordskott has really brought it home to me – or at least reminded me – how much importance and influence a location or setting can have on a drama. I thought it might be fun to do a list-tastic feature to try and doff my cap to some of the most…

James Ellroy rails against The Wire (among other things)

James Ellroy is one of my favourite writers. His dense, tense and terse prose often mixes his fictional characters with real-life characters from modern American history. His LA Quartet and Underground USA Trilogy are superb, modern takes on the hard-boiled theme and wracked with paranoia and fear. They’re hard work at times but there’s no…