Saturday, 27 August 2011

Appropriate Adult with Emily Watson and Dominic West ITV1 PREVIEW

Dominic West as Fred West. Pics: ITV
Rating ★★★★

ITV1 Sunday, 4 September, 9pm

Story: In 1994 Janet Leach, a mother of five from Gloucestershire, is at home making her children's tea when the phone rings. Janet is on a course that, when completed, will enable her to train as a social worker. She is also on the list of 'appropriate adults', volunteers whom the police ask to sit in on interviews with vulnerable people to assist and safeguard their rights. The phone call is request to assist on her first case, that of 52-year-old Frederick Walter Stephen West…

Controversy has preceded this two-part dramatisation about Fred West, the depraved serial killer who is still vivid in memory, his arrest having occurred less than 20 years ago. His surviving daughter, Anne Marie Davis, in particular has condemned ITV1's production.

Fred West hanged himself while on remand after being charged with 12 murders, his catalogue of crimes also including rape, abduction and child cruelty. Revisiting such events clearly reopens painful memories for all involved.

Executive producer Jeff Pope justifies making the two-part drama by asking, 'Are there subjects that should never be tackled? My argument is that there have been many documentaries, newspaper articles and books that discuss what happened at Cromwell Street, and this is just as valid. Of course drama – to see something as if you are actually watching it happen – is far more powerful, so, rightly, there is a spotlight on what we are doing. But we do not glorify Fred or Rosemary West. There is no depiction of any violence.' 

Emily Watson as Janet Leach
Pope is part of the award-winning team that has previously dramatised stories about the Yorkshire Ripper and Moors murders. Like those productions, Appropriate Adult does not depict the violence and horror of the crimes, but focuses on their repercussions.

Written by Neil McKay, it cleverly zooms in on the story of housewife Janet Leach, who was in line to train as a social worker and on the list of 'appropriate adults' to assist vulnerable adults and children in police custody. 

Emily Watson as Janet Leach
This is a brilliant way into the dauntingly awful events because Janet Leach is the viewers' representative on screen. Excellently portrayed by double-Oscar nominee Emily Watson, the camera often focuses on her uncomprehending expression as Fred West denies or reveals his crimes to police.

One minute she is peeling potatoes at home, the next she is sitting next to a man she has never heard of as he describes strangling and dismembering his daughter, and wondering whether he should put her in the Wendy House or the bin.

Fred West's disturbing manipulation
Dominic West is chilling as the affable monster Fred, a jovial bumpkin who says on being told police have found a thigh bone in his garden, 'Can't think how that got there.'

His self-serving manipulation knows no limits, as he appeals for sympathy as a loving patriarch, portrays himself as trying to help police and clear things up, and then to creepily try to manipulate the shocked Janet Leach.

As the appropriate adult, she has a bond of confidentiality with West, so while he hides some of his crimes from the police, he reveals them to Janet, unsettling her badly.

'Do I know you from somewhere?' he says to her at first, and a wave of dismay flashes across her face. Then later, 'I know you've not always been loved and respected,' and we get a flavour of the way he would worm his way into the confidence of his victims.

DC Hazel Savage (Sylvestra Le Touzel) with Leach and West
'I don't think I would like to play someone like West again' 
It's a stunning performance from Dominic West, here in a portrayal that could finally overwrite his reputation as McNulty in The Wire.

Filming it was difficult for the actor, who was thankful to be away from his wife and children during the shoot. He says, 'Had they been around when I was filming, I don't think I would have been so easily been able to act him. It was only possible in a finite, brief period away from home.

'It was extraordinarily different to anything I have done before and I don’t think I would like to play someone like him again.'

Friday, 26 August 2011

The A-Z of Crime ITV3

Julie McKenzie, ITV's current incarnation of Marple. Pics: ITV
Lee Child, Agatha Christie and Dan Brown are all in the frame for this fascinating and witty look at what makes crime telly so popular.

Crime and thriller dramas are clearly the most watched genre on TV, so it's no surprise ITV3's seasons covering cops and killers in the run-up to the CWA Daggers in recent years has become a fixture in the schedules.

This year the coverage kicks off with a  with a six-part series called The A-Z of Crime, starting on ITV3 on Thursday, 1 September, at 9pm.

Mark Billingham, Denise Mina and Ian Rankin
It has rounded up popular crime writers, policemen, actors and experts for questioning about how the tension, thrills and mystery are created and why they have such appeal.

So, starting with A for Action, Mark Billingham, creator of the Thorne mysteries on Sky1, says, 'Raymond Chandler famously said that if you were stuck for where to go in a book, you’d just have someone walk through the door with a gun.'

While Denise Mina, whose The Field of Blood hit BBC1 on Bank Holiday Monday, says, 'The perfect example is Dickens. If you think of physical reaction to something like A Tale of Two Cities, your heart is racing, you’re sweating and you can’t hear people speaking to you. That is perfect narrative propulsion.'

Ian Rankin
The inspiration for Anna Travis
Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus, chips in, '[In] the traditional English detective story, there’s not a huge amount of action, there’s intellectual debate and there’s sleuthing but [Agatha Christie] doesn’t need an explosion every five minutes. So I’m not sure crime fiction needs an explosion every five minutes.' 

Lynda La Plante reveals how she was inspired to create Anna Travis in ITV's Above Suspicion series, her popular successor to Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison. She occasionally gets invited to murder scenes by detective acquaintances (who clearly know how to show a woman a good time), and saw a young female detective throwing up at what was her first scene of death.

When she next met the young detective, the woman had changed physically, toughened up, and that alteration was what fascinated La Plante.

Lynda La Plante
Lee Child on creating Jack Reacher
Subjects covered in the opener include Alibi, Alcohol, Bending the Rules, Dan Brown and Agatha Christie, the world's ultimate crime author with four-billion sales. Julia McKenzie, the actress currently breathing life into Jane Marple on ITV1, has interesting insights into the character – 'Marple's only got one weapon – conversation. People think she's harmless, but she's not.'

Lee Child, the creator of the phenomenally successful Jack Reacher books and who crops up under C, relates his remarkable transformation from out-of-work TV exec to super-selling author. Losing his job meant 'becoming a novelist was forced onto me', he says. He also says he will always write Reacher and is not attracted to the idea of writing standalone stories.

The final D in the programme is for the Daggers, the Crime Writers Association's awards for the year's best novels, films and TV shows. This year's event is on Friday, 7 October, at the Grosvenor House hotel in London, and will be broadcast on ITV3 on the following Tuesday.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Inspector George Gently – Gently Upside Down PREVIEW

Rating ★★★

BBC1, starts Sunday, 4 September, 8.30pm


Story: The body of a missing schoolgirl is found in woods. As Gently and Bacchus investigate, they are drawn into the burgeoning world of pop and media celebrity

Crime fans on Twitter and elsewhere have still got ruffled feathers over the Beeb's decision to axe the stylish drama Zen after just one series. Why chop that and not Inspector George Gently, has been a recurring complaint.

The reasoning of BBC1 controller Danny Cohen that there were too many male-dominated cop shows is pretty daft. If anything, Gently's leads of Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby are more hairy than Zen's (Rufus Sewell and Caterina Murino).

What's more likely is that Gently is a settled brand, now in its fourth series, that's ticking over nicely with overseas sales and an audience of around 5.5 million, it ticks the nostalgia box and presumably it has been cheaper to film in the UK/Ireland than Italy.

Bacchus 'on a promise'
But while Gently is not bad, it's not that special either. It is one of many by-the-numbers procedurals that fill the schedules, right down to the gruff detective and his regulation sidekick saying lines such as, 'Where were you on the night of Friday the 29th?'

Pitch this well-worn template to any channel boss, throw in a nice regional setting (in this case, the North East) and a bit of nostalgia (Swinging Sixties), and it seems you can't fail to get your cop show commissioned.

The shame is that this plodding formula never allows the plods we see every week to come to life. Apart some a couple of throwaway exchanges at the beginning and end of Gently Upside Down about Bacchus being 'on a promise' after work, the detective and sidekick remain crime-solving automatons.

Schoolgirl victim's affair
At least the 2007 pilot gave Gently some human interest, when he postponed his retirement to track down his wife's murderer in Northumberland (based on Alan Hunter's Inspector Gently novels).

Anyway, this first of two 90-minute films (the second is Goodbye China), sees Gently and his mop-top sidekick investigating the murder of a schoolgirl, Mary. It cleverly uses the explosion in youth and celebrity culture by having a couple of the victim's friends getting mixed up with the makers of a hit regional pop show. 

Newcomer Kate Bracken – a very good 'It Girl'
Detective and sidekick think Mary was having an affair with an older man, and proceed to suspect every older man who crosses their path – Mary's father, the music teacher, the deputy head, the fading, ageing TV presenter. The latter is played by Neil Morrissey, who does a nice turn as a dissolute, lecherous has-been.

The mystery's resolution is tinged with sadness, and the guest performances are good, particularly Sean Gilder as Mary's father, and newcomer Kate Bracken as her friend and potential Sixties It Girl, Hazel.

So, a decent episode. But it's still hard not to miss Zen.


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Page Eight with Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz BBC2 PREVIEW

Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy. Pics: BBC/Heyday Films/Runaway Fridge/Carnival/NBC Universal
Rating ★★★★
BBC2 Sunday, 28 August, 9pm

Story: Johnny Worricker, an MI5 intelligence specialist, discovers that his best friend and boss, Benedict Baron, has died. The fall-out is that a dossier Benedict has left behind contains damaging information that could de-stabilise the security service – and perhaps the country.

The Beeb is chuffed that playwright and Oscar nominee David Hare has written and directed his first film in 20 years for them, and the result is a beautifully performed spy thriller with dialogue that rips along.

The terrific cast – headlined by Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis – play characters with such sharp wits and hidden agendas about them that it's almost like an episode of Yes, Minister at times.

Rachel Weisz as the beautiful neighbour
Bill Nighy is the centre of the storm as Johnny Worricker, a senior MI5 veteran with an ex-wife, a distant daughter and an illicit affair on the go. His boss and friend, Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon), circulates a top secret dossier that contains damaging information about our American allies and illegal torture victims around the world.

When Benedict dies suddenly, Johnny is left to deal with the dangerous repercussions of Benedict's secretly sourced dossier. At the same time, Johnny is both intrigued by and suspicious of his beautiful next door neighbour, Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz). 'She was putting out the rubbish,' he says of their first meeting. 'Pretended it was a coincidence.'

Welcome to Johnny's world, where a chance encounter with a delightful woman must be deemed suspicious. Trust is a recurring theme here. 'Do you have any honest relationships?' says Johnny's daughter.

Michael Gambon – the smart, calculating MI5 boss
Amid the suspicions, there are many nice throwaway moments. 'Mum always knows where you,' Johnny's daughter says early on. 'Does she?' he replies. 'Paranormal is she?'

And Michael Gambon is a force of nature as the calculating, slightly cynical Benedict. 'Things got so bad last night, I watched The X Factor.'

Elsewhere, Saskia Reeves is terrifically prickly as the Home Secretary, and Judy Davis is baleful as Johnny's spiky MI5 colleague. It is after an ominous exchange with the latter that Johnny slips out of his job to dig for the truth about Benedict's dossier.

Overtones of Tony Blair
Events can only take a fateful twist when a smiling Ralph Fiennes turns up as the Prime Minister. When an actor who specialises in characters such as Voldemort, Amon Goeth, Francis Dolarhyde and Hades appears, it could be time to start hissing.

There are heavy overtones of Tony Blair here, the former PM getting another fictional battering after Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer. And when the double-talk gets treacherous – 'If it can't be corroborated, it can't be correct' – events turn murky and vindictive.

Page Eight is a world away from much of today's mainstream crime/thriller fare, such as the adrenaline rush of Spooks or frights of Luther. It is what David Hare calls a human drama, character strong, and he is apparently so intrigued by Johnny Worricker's predicament that he's working on two more films about him (the BBC originally wanted a series).

Can Johnny trust anyone, and can he act with integrity? Watching him try is engrossing and even fun at times – and the jazz soundtrack really swings. 

Cast: Ralph Fiennes Alec Beasley, Rachel Weisz Nancy, Felicity Jones Julianne Worricker, Bill Nighy Johnny Worricker, Michael Gambon Benedict Baron, Ewen Bremner Rollo Madeley, Judy Davis Tankard, Tom Hughes Ralph Wilson, Holly Aird Anna, Saskia Reeves Anthea Catcheside, Richard Lintern Max Vallance

Friday, 19 August 2011

Crime Thriller Awards 2011 Film & TV nominations

CrimeTimePreview, as a new member of the British Crime Writing Academy, was invited to vote in the film and TV Dagger categories of this year's Crime Thriller awards. Here are the shortlists, with the winners being announced at the Grosvenor in London on Friday, 7 October. The event will be broadcast on ITV3 on Tuesday, 11 October.

The Killing (Danish version) has done brilliantly with an amazing six nominations. I also hope The Shadow Line does well.

The Film Dagger:
• True Grit (Paramount Pictures)
• The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Momentum Pictures)
• Brighton Rock (Optimum Releasing)
• Source Code (Optimum Releasing)

The TV Dagger:
• Case Histories (Ruby Films, BBC One)
• Luther (BBC One)
• The Shadow Line (Company Pictures, BBC Two)
• Zen (Left Bank Pictures, BBC One)
• Vera (ITV Studios, ITV1)

The International TV Dagger:
• The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC4)
• Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sky Atlantic)
• Castle (ABC Studios, Alibi)
• Dexter (Showtime Networks, FX Channel)
• Spiral (Son Et Lumiere, BBC 4)

Best Actress Dagger:
• Sofie Gråbøl for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC4)
• Brenda Blethyn for Vera (ITV Studios, ITV1)
• Maxine Peake for Silk (BBC One)
• Olivia Williams for Case Sensitive (Hat Trick Productions, ITV1)
• Sue Johnston for Waking the Dead (BBC One)
• Kelly Reilly for Above Suspicion (La Plante Productions, ITV1)

Best Actor Dagger:
• Idris Elba for Luther (BBC One)
• Lars Mikkelsen for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC4)
• Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sky Atlantic)
• Jason Isaacs for Case Histories (Ruby Films, BBC One)
• Rufus Sewell for Zen (Left Bank Pictures, BBC One)

Best Supporting Actor Dagger:
• Rafe Spall for The Shadow Line (Company Pictures, BBC Two)
• Bjarne Henriksen for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC 4)
• Søren Malling for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC 4)
• John Lithgow for Dexter (Showtime Networks, FX Channel)
• Aidan Gillen for Thorne (Stagereel / Cité Amérique, Sky One)

Best Supporting Actress Dagger:
• Ann Eleonora Jørgensen for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC 4)
• Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sky Atlantic)
• Ruth Wilson for Luther (BBC One)
• Amanda Abbington for Case Histories (Ruby Films, BBC One)
• Tara Fitzgerald for Waking the Dead (BBC One)

The Field of Blood

Jayd Johnson as Paddy. Pic: BBC
Rating ★★★★½

BBC1, Bank Holiday Monday, 10.15pm (it's already been shown in Scotland)

Story: Early 1980s Glasgow. A young aspiring reporter becomes personally enmeshed in a horrific child murder when she tries to expose who the real killer is after her 10-year-old cousin is arrested for the crime…

It's a shame the Beeb has tucked away this well-made, captivating drama after 10pm. Perhaps because it is free of forensics gore and genius serial killers, it was not considered lurid enough for 9pm.

Instead, The Field of Blood, which is based on a popular Denise Mina novel, relies on beautifully drawn characters in a tense, believable story that evokes the recent past so well.

'You're just the fat tart who makes the coffee'
Paddy Meehan, played by the young Jayd Johnson, is a 'copyboy' and wannabe journalist on a Glasgow newspaper in the early Eighties. When the harrowing murder of a two-year-old boy makes the headlines, crime obsessive Paddy hopes to make a name for herself when she starts to question official theories about the killer.

Jayd Johnson, whose main claim to fame are some appearances in the Scottish soap River City, puts in a fine performance in the central role here. She slipped out of an acting course in New York to do the part. Paddy is unprepossessing and 'fat' (though hardly so by contemporary standards), with an unambitious fiancé and a Catholic family that would be pleased if she dropped the career dreams and just settled down.

But Paddy is tenacious and bright, which is just as well because she needs a lot of guts to carve a niche in the female-lite newsrooms of the time. 'You're just the fat tart who makes the coffee,' sneers David Morrissey's editor, Murray Devlin. Which may be slightly exaggerated, but certainly the crude jokes and attitudes are not.

Ostracised by her mother and family
The murder case becomes personal for Paddy when she realises it is her quiet 10-year-old cousin that has been arrested for the crime. Unable to betray her family by writing an inside story for her paper, she confides in one of the few established women there, glamorous reporter Heather.

Who, of course, double-crosses Paddy and shames her family by writing a report. Brutally ostracised by her mother and family, Paddy sets out to prove her cousin's innocence by uncovering some disturbing coincidences about the child's murder.

Monkey Boots and smoke-filled offices
The Field of Blood is an intriguing two-part mystery and drama, which wears the period detail well but lightly, from Paddy's Monkey Boots to the smoke-filled offices and 1980s music (Elvis Costello, Talking Heads). Like Mad Men, it offers a sobering glimpse of the recent past, when newspapers were still important and grotesque attitudes to women hardly raised an eyebrow.

However, even the hard-bitten, nicotine-stained newsmen are in for a shock following events at the end of episode one.

Jayd Johnson Paddy Meehan, David Morrissey Murray Devlin, Peter Capaldi Dr Pete, Jonas Armstrong Terry Hewitt, Bronagh Gallagher Trisha Meehan, Matt Costello Con Meehan, Robert Dickson Calum Ogilvey, Alana Hood Heather Allen, Ford Kiernan George McVie

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

New Crime Series 2011/2012

Shaun Evans in Endeavour. Pic ITV
Fictional series and thrillers are scarce during the holiday silly season. But broadcasters have plenty in production and are hoarding shows for September and on through autumn.

There are some hugely popular shows coming back, and a few intriguing new crime dramas on the way. Here's a rundown…

The BBC is throwing most of the brand-new stuff out there. There's Savage by Stephen Butchard, about a Liverpool beat cop who witnesses the murder of his closest friend and is torn between his sense of duty and a compulsion for revenge.

May Day is a five-part BBC thriller, written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel), about a young girl whose disappearance spreads suspicion through a community.

The Fuse sees a politician wake up after an alcoholic night to realise he could be responsible for a murder. Daniel Demoys has gone from being an idealistic young man to a corrupt council official. Can Daniel redeem himself? This BBC1 psychological thriller is slated for 2012.

Inside Men is a BBC four-parter about security depot employees who decide the rip the place off in a £15m heist. Starring Steven Mackintosh (Camelot, Luther), Ashley Walters (Outcasts), Warren Brown (Luther) and Kierston Wareing (The Shadow Line).

Death in Paradise. Pic: BBC
Death in Paradise stars Ben Miller and French star Sara Martins in an eight-part BBC production with France Televisions. It's about a quintessential English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie. While to anyone else the job is paradise, to Richard Poole (Miller) it's hell. The actors says, 'Death in Paradise is my dream job – a fascinating character, great scripts, superb cast and shooting in the Caribbean with French catering.'

Undisclosed is a four-part BBC1 thriller starring Philip Glenister (Mad Dogs, Life on Mars) as a small-time solicitor, Harry Venn, who is forced to delve into his murky past involving the death of his brother 12 years ago. This complex thriller, written by Ronan Bennett, also stars David Suchet.

Top of the Lake is an atmospheric new multi-part drama series for BBC2 from Oscar-winning writer/director Jane Campion (The Piano, Sweetie, Portrait of a Lady, In the Cut, Bright Star).
Featuring remote, mountainous New Zealand, it's a haunting story about a search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find. A 12-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and won't say who the father is, insisting it was 'no one'. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin, the investigating detective, will find this is the case that tests her to her limits…

Sherlock – another three episodes are in the pipeline for airing in 2012, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes along with Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs and Rupert Graves. Showrunner Steven Moffat says, 'The three stories will be called A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of the Baskervilles and The Reichenbach Fall.'

Dirk Gently. Pic: BBC
Dirk Gently is another much-loved classic that will return after its modest try-out last December on BBC4. Three hour-long stories about Douglas Adams' holistic detective will also go out next year.

Meanwhile, ITV have recommissioned a huge number of crime series after their initial success.

Whitechapel, with Rupert Penry-Jones, is filming now, 'bigger and bolder than before', according to its produces, David Boulter. Having tackled Jack the Ripper and the Krays, the series has pulled in more than eight-million viewers in the past. Of the new season, Boulter says, 'Gruesome present day investigations summon the ghosts of the past, screaming and restless.'

Friday, 12 August 2011

Spooks (MI-5) – 10 reasons why we will miss it


Harry and Ruth. Pics: BBC
The Spooks of MI-5 may have survived assassination by the Taliban, Chinese agents and evil Russians, but the conniving mandarins of the BBC are much more ruthless and resourceful.

They've announced that series 10, starting next month, will be the last. Ben Stephenson, BBC drama controller, said (possibly while stroking a white cat), that Spooks had been a hit groundbreaking series that had helped to redefine BBC drama.

'I would like to thank all those involved in the making of the show over the last decade both on and off screen,' Stephenson said, 'and hope fans will tune in this September to see what promises to be a fittingly high-octane, thrilling finale.'

This will focus on  Section D chief Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) confronting a secret from his past that could wreck him and the woman he loves, Ruth (Nicola Walker). New faces will include Lara Pulver (True Blood, Robin Hood) as new team leader Erin Watts following Lucas North's devastating betrayal in series nine, along with Alice Krige (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Deadwood) and Jonathan Hyde (Titanic, Jumanji).

Before the final round of explosions and betrayals, here are 10 reasons why SpooksMI-5 to our American and French allies – will be sorely missed…

Lucas and Harry in series nine
1 Cracking stories
Lucas's betrayal at the end of the last series, or the discovery that Connie was the traitor in series seven had enough gasp! factor to win the series audiences of more than six million in the UK and make it a worldwide hit in 50 countries.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Lynda La Plante on Above Suspicion


Lynda La Plante discusses the creation of Anna Travis, her heroine from the ITV series Above Suspicion, and how the series has evolved, including Travis's emotional entanglement with her boss, James Langton.

The fourth Above Suspicion series, a three-parter called 'Silent Scream', is coming to ITV in coming months.

Neil Cross discusses his new Luther spin-off novel, The Calling

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Prime Suspect US version – preview

Here's a glimpse of the new US version of Lynda La Plante's Prime Suspect, with Maria Bello in the role made famous by Helen Mirren…

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Endeavour – Morse prequel coming to ITV

Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse. Pics: ITV
ITV is filming a one-off Inspector Morse prequel called Endeavour, starring Shaun Evans as the character made famous by John Thaw.

It is being shot in Oxford this year and will be shown in 2012. Evans, who has appeared in The Take and Come Rain Come Shine, will play author Colin Dexter's police detective as a younger man, giving lovers of the original series fresh insight into the ale- and opera-loving sleuth's past.

The original – John Thaw
Set in 1965, the story will follow the hunt for a missing schoolgirl which draws Endeavour Morse to the place that will shape his career – Oxford. Here the young detective finds himself sidelined and discredited during the investigation, and begins his own quest for justice.

Evans says, 'Morse as a young man is a wonderful character that I'm very excited to be playing. My hope is that we can compliment what's come before, by telling a great story, and telling it well.'

Endeavour will mark the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of Inspector Morse, which transmitted in 1987. Thirty- three Inspector Morse films were made over the next 13 years. The sequel, Lewis, is currently a hit series on ITV and popular abroad.

A CrimeTimePreview update of new series being made is coming soon…