Happy birthday, CrimeTimePreview

Happy birthday to us!

CrimeTimePreview.com is six years old. I launched the site on 8 August 2010.

After 650 posts, 2.5million page views and countless murders witnessed, the site is still standing and attracting attention. Thank you for sticking with us.

I launched CrimeTimePreview to combine three passions. I had been working on TV mags – Radio Times, TV Times, Cable Guide – and was a crime-fiction fan. Online publishing also intrigued me.

TV revolution

CrimeTimePreview editor Robin with start of The Killing Sofie Gråbøl

CrimeTimePreview editor Robin with star of The Killing Sofie Gråbøl

CrimeTimePreview has gone on to enjoy several successes. It was nominated for best Arts and Culture blog recently at the UK Blog Awards. Our mail subscribers list is growing and ad revenue is higher than ever in 2016.

By luck, it was a good time to launch a crime-TV website. It has coincided with the explosion in foreign-language series such as The Killing – which got thousands of hits and comments when I wrote about it (see the post here). At the same time there’s been the shift to on-demand services Netflix, Amazon Prime and the rest. And, of course, we’ve enjoyed the fantastic blossoming of mature, riveting dramas from subscription services like HBO (The Sopranos) and AMC (Breaking Bad).

Television drama has never been more varied and exciting. The quality and availability of shows from around the world is extraordinary. It’s been a treat to write for and share the enthusiasm of thousands of viewers who have found their way to these posts.

The first drama covered was a now forgotten ITV effort called Identity, posted on 8 August, 2010, starring Aidan Gillen and Keeley Hawes. Since then we’ve seen the demise of Spooks, Taggart and The Bill, the rise and fall of Law & Order: UK. But what about the unforgettable shows that have kept us entranced?

TV classics

Here is my personal selection of the best and worst crime dramas of the past six years, and how I covered them…

The Killing First series was a classic and Sofie Gråbøl was unforgettable

Br8-reasons-why-this-season-of-dexter-must-be-t-L-4L9tEXeaking Bad So bad it was great – and spin-off Better Call Saul is brilliant as well

Garrow’s Law Personal favourite: a fascinating journey into court justice of the past

Dexter Not remotely believable but witty and chillingly compelling

Scott & Bailey Fine characters and some unforgettable cases

Sherlock Brilliant recreation of a classic that fizzes and grips

The first series of Broadchurch It went off the rails in series 2, but 1 was excellent

5938817-low_res-happy-valleyHappy Valley Powerful stories, dynamite performances and wonderful characters

The Bridge Saga Noren was, and is, a true original

Trapped Ditto man-mountain Asgeir – and what a setting!

True Detective Series 1 was frightening and McConaughey and Harrelson superb

And the clunkers…

DCI Banks Dull adaptation of a good series of novels

Midsomer Murders OK, we’re not supposed to take it seriously, but it’s two-hours long!

Silent Witness As much fun as an evening in a morgue

The Chicago Code Jennifer Beals in a formula show that we’ve a million times

Hawaii Five-0 Why?

What have been your faves and flops? Comments welcome at the link above…


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