Interview: Toby Jones, The Witness For The Prosecution

As you’re all no doubt aware by now, Toby Jones is one of this country’s finest and most adaptable actors, but he’s at his best – I think – when he playing men who are conflicted somehow, perhaps slightly timid and unable to express emotions. There’s something about Jones’s furrowed browd and hangdog look. He…

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…

Interview: Toby Jones, The Secret Agent

Toby Jones is one of my favourite actors. He’s brilliant in everything he appears in (genuinely so), and he stars in the weekend’s The Secret Agent as Mr Verloc, in the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Victorian-set spy novel. Unknown to his loyal wife, Winnie (Vicky McClure), Verloc is also paid by the Russian…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 11th – Sunday 17th July)

Yes, he’s back. The taciturn Swedish detective, Martin Beck, is, um, back in, um, Beck. We really enjoyed this cobbled together series from various years when the batch aired last autumn, and now it’s back with more. And that’s not all – after a quiet few weeks, there’s new murderous black comedy on Walter Presents…

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…

Trailer: Wayward Pines, FOX

The current re-emergence of Twin Peaks into our consciousness highlights the fact that David Lynch’s surreal, scary procedural was as influential as they come. And while a few series have benefitted from Twin Peaks’ trailblazing, a new series – from M. Night Shyamalan – seems to get as wilfully close to Lynch’s masterpiece as possible.