Big crimes, small screen; true crime television series and TV documentaries that recreate and reexamine some of the mystifying and grisliest cases in history.
We know you did it: The perks pf crime dramas
‘We know you did it’: The perks of crime dramas My idea of heaven on a weeknight is to sit down after dinner with a hot drink and watch a murder. Now this may sound odd. But crime dramas have been around for decades and have only proliferated in popularity, thanks to the likes of such gems as Luther and Line of Duty in the UK and long-running favourites such as Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU and CSI in America. In Australia, the crime drama obsession reached its real-world peak when the first season of Underbelly (detailing Carl William’s involvement in the underworld) was banned from screening in Victoria as the trial was still ongoing and potential jurors may have been be ‘unduly influenced’ by the show.
Peaky Blinders - A Fitting Finale
Setting The Scene For The Peaky Blinders Finale This is going to be similar to my piece on the final series of “Killing Eve” in that I will tell you virtually nothing of what happens to avoid spoilers, but try and give you reasons to actually watch this. A warning, if you have never seen “Peaky Blinders” there are six series for you to catch up on, and every one is worth investing your time in.
11 New Must-See True Crime Shows & Documentaries for 2022
Looking for a new true crime documentary or TV show to watch? We love our true crime shows with the same passion as men who scream at the television during football games but grow bored watching Snapped, The First 48, and Evil Lives Here over and over again. Luckily, true crime shows are pretty popular right now and new picks give you something exciting to watch that you haven't seen before. Check out this list of true crime documentaries and TV shows to watch in 2022.
Review of 'Slow Horses' 1.5
A most excellent episode 1.5 of Slow Horses on Apple TV+ this past Friday. Here's why: [Spoilers ahead... ] No explicit flatulence from Lamb in this hour, or even a mention of it from the lead Slow Horse. But he did manage to come through with a comment about being "bitten in the canal". I'd give him credit for that for this episode. He was in the right area -- he wasn't talking about his ear canal, right?
This Place Is Under New Management, By Order Of The Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama television series created by Steven Knight. The show is set in England, it follows the exploits of the Peaky Blinders crime gang in the direct aftermath of the First World War. The gang is loosely based on a real urban youth gang of the same name who were active in the city from the 1890s to the 1910s.
Review of 'Slow Horses' 1.4
Well, I was glad to see that Slow Horses continued its streak of flatulence by Lamb in episode 1.4, up the other day on Apple TV+, with Lamb advising that some lamb dish he ate earlier would be making a "reappearance". Ok, this was not flatulence per se, it was just an allusion to it, but it gets a boost as a mention with someone named Lamb talking about lamb.
Review of 'Slow Horses' 1.3
Bumbling played the major role in the third episode of Slow Horses on Apple TV+ -- only appropriate, given the sarcastic subtext and headline of the new series.
Review of 'Slow Horses' 1.1-2
Hey, I quickly caught the first two episodes of Slow Horses on Apple TV+, attracted to it by its name. I recall Arthur Shelby cautioning his brother Thomas about "fast women and slow horses" in Peaky Blinders a few years ago, and my old song-writing partner Ed Fox (he wrote the music to my Looking for Sunsets in the Early Morning, I wrote the lyrics) writing a song called "Fast Women and Slow Horses" in the early 1970s.
Review of 'Suspicion' (Season 1) Finale
Excellent finale of Suspicion on Apple TV+. Lots of answers to questions, with some big questions remaining. [Spoilers ahead ... ]
Review of 'Suspicion' 1.7
Another excellent episode -- 1.7 -- of Suspicion, which is still managing to keep us in the dark about who kidnapped Leo. That's an impressive accomplishment, after seven episodes.
Review of 'Suspicion' 1.6
An excellent episode of Suspicion began streaming yesterday on Apple TV+ -- 1.6 -- even if it didn't really move the whodunnit narrative very much forward -- that is, until the very end of the hour.
A combination of an absurdly good murder story, comedy and improvisation? Yes, please! I absolutely loved the new series on Netflix with Will Arnett as a senior homicide detective named Terry Seattle who is supposed to solve a murder in every episode with a new partner, a celebrity playing him- or herself. While the show actors have a blueprint for the story, character parameters, and pre-written lines, the celebrities have absolutely no idea of what is about to happen. As true partners to the detective, they interrogate and observe three murder suspects. The episode always starts out with some sort of a test for a new trainee in the form of questions, where Terry and his new partner are supposed to bond. They they go and investigate the murder. At the end of the episode, they are supposed to solve the case by naming the murderer, usually in a game-show revealing and suspenseful manner, and explain how they arrived at that conclusion. Then Chief Rhonda Jenkins-Seattle (who is also Detective Seattle's estranged wife) comes out and tells whether the celebrity guessed right or wrong, also in a comically suspenseful way with close-ups and dramatic pauses, and explains how the murder was really committed. Throughout the show, the detective and celebrity are fed certain clues that just like in a good murder mystery are supposed to lead the detectives to the right conclusion.