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This is the shiny new CrimeTimePreview. I hope you like it and welcome any comments you may have.
CrimeTimePreview launched five years ago on Blogger, and since then the site's had 2.6million page views and attracted around 22,000 people a month.
Crime dramas on TV have never been better and it's been great to share with followers news of series such as The Killing, True Detective, Happy Valley, Breaking Bad, Sherlock and plenty more.
As you can see below, I've been nominated in the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best Arts and Culture blog. So, it seemed a good moment to give CrimeTimePreview a makeover on Wordpress. In coming months, our coverage of new crime series and dramas from around the world should be vastly improved. Happy viewing!
For 2015, the BBC, ITV, C4 and BSkyB have commissioned a fantastic range of exciting new dramas with terrific actors – from thrillers such as The Trials of Jimmy Rose with Ray Winstone, to outlandish grippers like The Chronicles of Frankenstein with Sean Bean. In addition, some brilliant dramas will be back, such as Happy Valley, while old faves Vera and DCI Banks have also lined up new mysteries.
Let the crimewave begin…
The Frankenstein Chronicles, ITV
OK, I know Frankenstein is a horror yarn, but this six-parter gives it a new twist as a crime mystery. At its centre is Inspector John Marlott, played by Game of Thrones' Sean Bean, who goes on a terrifying journey in pursuit of… well, you can probably guess. Set in 1827 in London, it opens with Home Secretary Robert Peel recruiting Marlott. As he stands on the edge of the Thames contemplating the arrest of some opium smugglers, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse he is horrified to discover it’s not actually a child but rather a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form. Eeuggh! Filming begins in Northern Ireland in January. Anticipation factor: ★★★★½
So, after fading from the cultural landscape in recent years, the brilliant Len Deighton is back. The Brit, now 85, created Harry Palmer and wrote superb thrillers from the 1960s on. He is still writing some interesting books (most recently 2012's ebook James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search for His Father). Now, the BBC is set to drag the master back into the limelight with this five-part dramatisation of one of his most audacious yarns. It is set in the 1940s and imagines a post-war world in which the Nazis have won the Battle of Britain and London is under German occupation. Written by the writers of the recent Daniel Craig Bond movies, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. 2015 Anticipation factor: ★★★★½
This certainly looks like being one of the major new cop series of 2015. Filling the distinctive boots of the regular weekday cop serial once worn byThe Bill, this police show will go out every weekday evening at 8pm – BBC1's first new drama in this slot for more than eight years. Set in Brighton, it will focus on the relationships between uniforms and detectives, and how they all deal with an overstretched and under-resourced job. 2015 Anticipation factor: ★★★★½
Black Work, ITV
Sheridan Smith, Matthew McNulty, Douglas Henshall, Geraldine James, Phil Davis
Sheridan Smith plays policewoman Jo Gillespie, whose world is thrown into turmoil when husband Ryan (Kenny Doughty), an undercover policeman, is shot dead in mysterious circumstances. She sets out to discover who murdered him and has to confront difficult truths about her family life and her marriage to Ryan. 2015. Anticipation factor: ★★★★
The Last Panthers, Sky Atlantic
Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, John Hurt
Another major new drama from Sky Atlantic – and another cracking cast. It's written by award-winning Jack Thorne, of Skins, Glue andThis Is Englandrenown, and will be directed by Johan Renck of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead fame. Phew! It opens with a daring diamond heist before delving into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and ‘banksters’ now rules.2015. Anticipation factor:★★★★
The Secret Agent, BBC1
A three-part adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel by Bafta-winning writer Tony Marchant, the man behind the excellent Garrow's Law. London, 1886. Unbeknown to his loyal wife Winnie, Soho shopkeeper Verloc works as a secret agent for the Russian government. Angry that Britain harbours violent anarchists, the Russians coerce Verloc into planting a bomb that will provoke the authorities into cracking down on these extremists. 2015. Anticipation factor:★★★★
One of Us, BBC2
This four-part thriller is written by The Missing's Jack Williams and set in the Scottish Highlands.A horrific double murder rocks the lives of two families living side by side in rural Scotland. But instead of focusing on the investigation, One Of Us explores the fallout for the grieving relatives, and the dark consequences that threaten to shatter their lives…2015.Anticipation factor: ★★★½
Undercover (working title), BBC1
Political thriller about a woman who is about to become Britain's first black Director of Public Prosecutions. Just as she is about to enter the public spotlight, she discovers her husband has a secret side – is it an affair, or something more sinister? 2015. Anticipation factor:★★★½
Top of the Lake, BBC2
The first series, set in New Zealand and starring Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, did not create a huge stir when it went out in 2013, but there is no denying its quality or that it was an absorbing series and production. Well, Academy Award-winning director Jane Campion is returning – as writer – with a six-part follow-up, this time set in Sydney, Australia… Anticipation factor:★★★★
London Spy, BBC2
A five-part thriller created by novelist Tom Robb Smith, who wrote the superb hit novel Child 44 (which is being made into a movie for next year with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman). This is about an innocent and young romantic drawn into the dangerous world of espionage. Anticipation factor:★★★★
No Offence, C4
Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Elaine Cassidy, Will Mellor
Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It, Getting On), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady, Utopia) and Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise, Harper’s Island) star as the unorthodox crack team of cops at the heart of Paul Abbott’s new series – an outrageous police procedural series from the writer of Shameless and State of Play. Set in a crumbling police station on the wrong side of Manchester, it aims to shock, move and have audiences laughing. It's a seven-parter, with an additional extended opening episode. 2015. Anticipation factor: ★★★★
The Night Manager, BBC
This sounds like another big, prestigious drama for 2015. It's a six-part adaptation of a John Le Carré book, focusing on the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Anticipation factor: ★★★★
The Trials of Jimmy Rose, ITV
Ray Winstone, Amanda Redman
Winstone is Jimmy Rose, a notorious armed robber who has managed to make crime pay. However, the luxury home and belongings have come at a cost to his family life. Over the years he’s spent more time in prison than with the love of his life, Jackie, their two adult children, Jason and Julie and grandchildren Elliot, Ellie and India. Consequently, their happy distant memories of Jimmy have been shattered by years of abandonment. Emerging from his latest stretch inside, Jimmy does not get the hoped-for warm welcome home… 2015. Anticipation factor: ★★★★
Writer Russell Lewis has done such a good job of lovingly and intelligently building Endeavour Morse's back-story in this popular Inspector Morse prequel that it's hard to imagine it not being recommissioned. And with all the cliffhangers in the climax of the second series, to not have the series return would be a crime in itself. The new series will be set in 1967. 2015. Anticipation factor: ★★★½
The Forgotten, ITV
This six-parter focuses on a cold murder case of 39 years ago. With the discovery of a young man’s skeleton underneath the cellar at a property in Arlington Crescent, a new police investigation turns back the years. Anticipation factor:★★★½
You can't keep a good character down. Not only is Idris Elba talking up the prospects of a Luther movie series, but he is certainly returning to the Beeb for a 2 x 60-minute special. Of the genius detective with violent passions, his creator Neil Cross says: 'Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there's hardly been a minute when I didn't wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We're putting the band back together – Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.’ 2015. Anticipation factor: ★★★
Hi! My name is Robin Jarossi and I am the editor of CrimeTimePreview, celebrating TV crime dramas and thrillers. Make yourself at home – we have news of major new crime series from around the world, thought-provoking interviews with top crime authors, DVD reviews, features and gossip. I am also a journalist, based in London, working on magazines and iPad publications, a book reviewer and judge in the CWA's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award for the year's best thriller novel.