New Crime Drama — Happy Valley and Hinterland

Two new crime dramas begin next week on the BBC.

Happy Valley is a six-parter about the botched kidnapping of a young girl. You can watch a promo here and then tune in for the first episode on Tuesday, April 29th at 9.

Hinterland is set in Wales. DCI Tom Mathias, fresh from the Met in London, will investigate four separate crimes. The first concerns the dark past of a former children’s home. The show will air on Monday, April 28th at 9. Here’s a promo.

 

Interesting Fact: The filming of Hinterland appears to have been quite the undertaking – brutal weather aside; they had to film all the scenes with dialogue twice. Once in English and once in Welsh!

Reminder: Series 2 of The Bletchley Circle and Series 3 of Call the Midwife are currently airing on Sundays on PBS. You can catch up on the first few episodes of both online.

Vera’s Back!

Series four of ITV’s Vera returns with four new episodes starting Sunday, April 27th at 8. You can watch a promo here.

In the first episode, On Harbour Street, Vera and her team investigate a murder that takes place on a crowded train.

Looks like it will be another gorgeous, gloomy, deadly series!

More Lewis!

Well, the end of Lewis didn’t last long – thank goodness!  Production will begin in March to bring Lewis and Hathaway back for six new episodes.

There will be some changes for the two sleuths however.  Hathaway, after some time away from the force, returns with a promotion to Inspector.  Lewis, meanwhile, has retired but is brought back to work with his former partner.

Dr. Hobson and Chief Superintendent Innocent will also return.

Coming Soon (ish) to PBS

These shows have already aired (or are currently running) in the UK, but US fans won’t have to wait for too long —

Series 3 of Call The Midwife will debut on March 30th.

The second series of The Bletchley Circle will begin on Sunday, April 13th.

Last Tango in Halifax, series 2, will air starting June 29th.

Visit PBS for more information about these and other shows coming in 2014.

Inspector George Gently and DCI Banks are Back

Fans of 60s era Northumberland crime drama, George Gently, will be happy to know that both Inspector Gently and DS Bacchus survived the gunshot wounds they received at the end of the last series.  They may be slightly battered (especially Bacchus) but they’ll soon be back at work solving four new cases.

Episode one is set to air on Thursday, February 6th.

Also returning is moody Yorkshire crime drama DCI Banks.  The series, based on the novels of Peter Robinson, will consist of six new episodes (three two-part stories).   You can watch the trailer here and then tune in to ITV on Monday, February 3rd for the first episode.

In the US George Gently is available for streaming on Netflix and Acorn TV.  The first two series of DCI Banks were broadcast on PBS so there is hope that the third may find its way here as well.

 

Foyle Returns — Again!

Despite some rumors to the contrary, ITV has just announced that Foyle’s War will return for three new episodes.  Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks will reprise their roles, which will see Foyle and Sam caught up, once again, in the dangerous world of post-WWII espionage.

The new series is expected to air in early 2015.

True Detective – Something deep and dark

HBO’s new eight episode crime drama True Detective debuts on January 12th.  The show stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as former Louisiana homicide detectives who are called back when a present day case echoes a ritualized murder that they investigated in 1995.

If that premise isn’t enough to signal that this is no happily ever after, justice prevails sort of tale, then the trailer should do it.

Despite making use of a few well-worn tv premises, early reviews suggest that the quality of the acting, directing, and production, as well as the palpable Louisiana setting, make this iteration well worth watching.

The Bletchley Circle Returns

Series two of this code-breaking crime drama will return to ITV on January 6th.  The new series will consist of four episodes which will make up two, two-part stories.

The first story picks up a year after the events in series one.  Another former Bletchley Circle woman is on trial for murder and only her fellow decoders can save her from the noose.

In the second story one of the women gets inadvertently involved in shady dealings and is kidnapped.

Series two will air on PBS sometime during spring 2014.  I’ll send along exact dates once they are announced.

Last Tango In Halifax Series 2

Fans of this series starring Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid will be glad to know that series 2 is due to begin airing tomorrow (Tuesday, November 19th) at 9pm on BBC One.

The new series sees Alan recovered and he and Celia still determined to marry, but it still doesn’t look like it will be smooth sailing for the couple or for any of their family and friends.

You can watch a promo here.

Breaking News — Sherlock Season 3 Begins January 19th, 2014!

Fans rejoice.  The BBC may not have set a UK air date yet, but PBS has announced that the new, three episode, series of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will begin airing on January 19th at 10pm.