Rellik: criminally brilliant

This is the crime drama of the year for me, and the BBC deserve considerable kudos for bringing a concept this challenging to our screens. It proves that intelligent and gripping thrillers aren’t the sole preserve of ScandiLand, and Rellik is every bit as good as the best Nordic noir. The six-part drama isn’t just…

Eyewitness: credible and convoluted Scandi crime

Cleverly constructed Nordic noir which in typical Scandinavian style combines a convoluted plot with credible but complicated characters, filmed with an eye for widescreen. The series follows a single investigation, triggered by the death of a police informant. Each of the six hour-long episodes peels back more layers of the story, expanding its focus from…

Live dangerously: meet the author!

Crime-thriller writer Frank Westworth regularly consorts with killers, the fictional characters who populate his noir novels. His idea of a quiet night in normally involves intrigue and espionage with undercover operatives, hard as nails hitmen and ice cold contract killers. On Thursday 30th March 2017, Frank will let these dangerous people loose – in the…

Murder: experimental investigations

This is a short series of three, experimental, separate and stand-alone crime dramas, made for TV and screened on BBC2, each an hour long. Each scenario is new and different, and they’re all very much based in ‘possible’ real life situations. The stories start with a dead body, and gradually the timeline of the crime…

Witnesses: a wolf in wolf’s clothing

International crime dramas are frequently compared to those stand-out Scandinavian series, The Killing and The Bridge. ‘Witnesses’ is one of the few which actually lives up to that comparison. It’s a stylish, slightly strange psycho-drama, full of mystery and intrigue. The tightly-woven plot threads confuse, confound and compel the viewer to devour the next episode.…