New Crime Series 2017

Here is our annual preview of new crime series and thrillers coming up. Most will be on next year, but some will feature in the autumn of 2016, including…

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Notting Kill: notorious serial murderer John Christie (Tim Roth)

Rillington Place, BBC1, Tuesday, 29 November, 9pm

Tim Roth, Samantha Morton, Nico Mirallegro

The Beeb revisits one of the most chilling true crimes in British criminal history. The multiple murders of ex-copper John Christie in Notting Hill in the 1940s and 50s – and the hanging of innocent man Timothy Evans on Christie’s testimony – was a case that haunted the justice system and one that provokes controversy still. It will star Tim Roth as the creepy killer and Samantha Morton as his wife (and one of his victims, of which there were probably eight in all). Writers Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone say: ‘This is a story you just can’t look away from: an unlikely serial killer who orchestrated a devastating miscarriage of justice. It has drawn us in at every turn and has attracted an incredibly exciting level of talent who are as committed as we are to bringing it to life.’

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

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Wife: Ethel Christie (Samantha Morton)

Innocent, ITV

Hermione Norris, Lee Ingleby

Four-part drama telling the story of David Collier (Lee Ingleby) who is living a nightmare. Convicted of murdering his wife Tara, David has served seven years in prison. He’s lost everything he held dear: his wife, his two children and even the house he owned. He’s always protested his innocence and faces the rest of his life behind bars. Convinced of his guilt, Tara’s childless sister Alice (Hemione Norris) and her husband Rob (Adrian Rowlins) are now parents to David’s children. His situation couldn’t be more desperate. Then David’s case comes up on appeal…

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Fortitude - Series 02 First look images from series two of Sky Atlantic’s arctic thriller, Fortitude, from the set in Iceland. The Sky original drama, co-produced by Pivot, stars Dennis Quaid, Sofie Gråbøl and Richard Dormer.

Chilling out: Dennis Quaid in Fortitude 2

Fortitude 2, Sky Atlantic

Dennis Quaid, Sofie Gråbøl, Sienna Guillory, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Ken Stott

Hollywood star Dennis Quaid turns up in the ‘cosy, twisted world of’ Fortitude in the Arctic Circle for another tense mystery. There is little on the story right now, but the setting is spectacular and so is the cast.

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Fortitude - Series 02 First look images from series two of Sky Atlantic’s arctic thriller, Fortitude, from the set in Iceland. The Sky original drama, co-produced by Pivot, stars Dennis Quaid, Sofie Gråbøl and Richard Dormer.

Ice day for a murder – Fortitude 2‘s stunning setting

Kiss Me First, C4 and Netflix

Cast: details to be announced

An adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s best-selling young adult novel of the same name, telling the story of Leila, a lonely 17-year-old girl who is addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While in Agora, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbours a dark secret…

Anticipation factor ★★★★

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Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) and Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford)

Lethal Weapon, ITV

Clayne Crawford, Damon Wayans

Spin-off from the hit movie franchise, we join Riggs and Murtaugh as they confront the criminals of Los Angeles. Family man and by-the-book LAPD Detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans) is back to work after a near fatal heart attack – and his doctor has told him he needs to keep his stress levels under control. Easier said than done given that he’s been paired with ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Crawford), who has moved to California for a new start at the LAPD.

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Loch Ness

Siobhan Finneran, John Sessions

No, it’s not about the hunt for a mysterious dinosaur, but rather the efforts to catch a serial killer plaguing the beautiful, haunting shores of Scotland’s most iconic Loch. Happy Valley‘s Siobhan Finneran teams up with John Sessions for this six-parter featuring detective Annie Cathro as she tries to cope with her first murder case. Written by Stephen Brady (Fortitude, Vera, Silent Witness).

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Riviera, Sky Atlantic

Wish you were here? Julia Stiles in Riviera

Riviera, Sky Atlantic

Julia Stiles

This South of France-set thriller really does look like a gripper. It’s a 10-parter based on an idea by former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, directed by Neil Jordan and co-written by Booker Prize-winner John Banville. Georgina (Julia Stiles) is newly married to billionaire Constantine Clios, when he is killed in a yacht explosion. She is shocked to discover the fortune that maintained his immaculate, tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime – and murder. Julia Stiles, star of the Bourne movies, said: ‘What attracted me to Riviera is the setting, a romantic and glamorous world where not everything is as it seems, and the opportunity to explore a character who is also not as she appears. Georgina is the classic anti-hero, ultimately a good person, but compromised by the corruption around her.’

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

Maigret 2, ITV

Rowan Atkinson, Shaun Dingwall, Lucy Cohu

This really felt like a failed attempt to bring the much-loved Parisian detective to the small screen when the first instalment went out last Easter, but ITV looked at consolidated viewing figures of 7.2 million and hit the green light. There will be two new mysteries, Night at the Crossroads – which just started filming this week – and Maigret in Montmartre. Well, author Georges Simenon wrote 75 Maigret novels, so the channel has plenty of attempts to inject its adaptations with some passion and edge.

Anticipation factor ★★★

In Plain Sight, ITV

Douglas Henshall, Martin Compston

True-crime three-parter recounting the rather scary Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel and the attempt to snare him during the 1950s. What was chilling about Manuel, who was actually born in New York to Scottish parents, was that he callously committed a range of horrible crimes, including property and sexual crimes, then he killed those whom he robbed or raped. His spree claimed eight lives in the close-knit communities of South Lanarkshire.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

Prime Suspect – 1973, ITV

Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong

A prequel to the hugely popular and influential ITV series Prime Suspect, this is adapted from a novel by the show’s creator Lynda La Plante. Stefanie Martini, who may be familiar from Doctor Thorne, will play the young Jane Tennison. The six-parter has completed filming in London, and will explore what made Tennison such a formidable and complex character.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

penned by acclaimed screenwriter Rowan Joffe. Tin Star follows Jim Worth (Tim Roth), an ex-pat British police officer who becomes obsessed with revenge when his small town in the Rockies is overrun by workers from a massive new oil refinery - and the wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime that follows them. Riding the crime wave is a mysterious gang of killers who murder a member of Jim’s family, in a botched assassination attempt on Jim’s own life. We follow Jim as he deals with his tremendous guilt and attempts to uncover who is responsible.

Dust-up in Canada – Tim Roth in Sky Atlantic’s revenge thriller Tin Star

Tin Star, Sky Atlantic

Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks

Tim Roth – again – teams up with Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks for this contemporary take on the Western genre, set in the Canadian Rockies. Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth, an ex-Metropolitan police detective who has moved with his family to the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. When his small town is overrun by migrant workers from a massive new oil refinery – the wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime that follows them threatens to sweep away everything in its wake.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks star in this Sky Atlantic revenge thriller penned by acclaimed screenwriter Rowan Joffe. Tin Star follows Jim Worth (Tim Roth), an ex-pat British police officer who becomes obsessed with revenge when his small town in the Rockies is overrun by workers from a massive new oil refinery - and the wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime that follows them. Riding the crime wave is a mysterious gang of killers who murder a member of Jim’s family, in a botched assassination attempt on Jim’s own life. We follow Jim as he deals with his tremendous guilt and attempts to uncover who is responsible.

Christina Hendricks in Tin Star

Unforgotten 2, ITV

Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Wendy Craig

Writer Chris Lang offers a second instalment of the detectives and the fallout from another cold murder case. This time the perfectly preserved remains of a middle-aged man are found in a sealed suitcase in the silt of the River Lea in northeast London…

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Safe House 2, ITV

Cast to be announced

Christopher Eccleston has left the set in somewhat unusual circumstances and the setting is being moved from the Lake District for this second outing. There is also a new lead cast and story (see this piece in Radio Times for more). The first series about a policeman running a safe house for vulnerable witnesses was atmospheric and sharply written.

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Fearless, ITV

Helen McCrory

A legal thriller starring Peaky Blinders‘ Helen McCrory. She plays Emma Blunt, a solicitor known for defending lost causes. She’s investigating the killing of a schoolgirl and trying to free the man she thinks was wrongly convicted of the girl’s murder. As she digs deeper into the case, she begins to sense powerful forces, in the police and the intelligence services, who want to stop her uncovering the truth.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

Grantchester 3, ITV

James Norton, Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones

Another six-part trip back to the 1950s crime-fighting duo. It will feature the first ever Christmas Special of Grantchester when we’ll see pregnant Amanda adjusting to life having left her husband, Guy (Tom Austen).  The love between Sidney and Amanda is palpable, but can a vicar in the 1950s really be romantically involved with a married, pregnant woman? Shocking!

Anticipation factor ★★★

Marcella 2, ITV

Anna Friel

Written by Nordic master Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge), the first series was a disorientating piece of storytelling, but ITV were delighted with the viewing figures so Hans and Anna Friel and the gang seem keen to do another. Rosenfeldt said, ‘I was delighted at the reaction to the first season and am thrilled to be revisiting Marcella for ITV. In the second season, the audience will get the opportunity to spend more time in her world, further exploring some of the characters and getting to know them better.

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Liar, ITV

Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd

Interesting team-up of stars for this six-part emotional thriller. Created and written by BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams, Liar tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Newell (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew Ellis (Ioan Gruffudd) forever.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

White Dragon, ITV

Cast to be announced

Conspiracy thriller from a new writing team, Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood. The mystery focuses on Professor Jonah Mulray, whose life is turned upside-down when his wife, Megan, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Although she lived and worked there half the year, Jonah’s never been. He lives a sheltered life, and his fear of flying has kept him in London. But now he has no choice but to cross the ocean to identify the body of the woman he loved. After arriving in Hong Kong, Jonah makes a shocking discovery…

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Next of Kin, ITV

Cast to be announced

Contemporary family thriller. Psychologist Mona Mirza lives a charmed life at the heart of a loving family in London. But she is left grief-stricken when her much-loved brother is brutally murdered while working for a medical charity overseas. As the death brings buried family secrets to light, Mona is drawn deep into a tangle of betrayal, conspiracy and murder.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

Father Brown Christmas Special, BBC1

Mark Williams

More vintage whodunits from the cosy crime era. Father Brown investigates when the son of a Duke is abducted from Lady Felicia’s Yuletide ball. Canon Fox (Roger May) pays a visit to inform Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) that the Duke of Frome, John Langton (Ray Coulthard) will be attending Christmas Mass at St Mary’s. Later at the Yuletide ball, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) is informed that the infant is missing. With a ladder against the nursery window, the Inspector surmises that the baby has been kidnapped: all they can do now is wait. Can Brown find the child in time for Christmas?

Anticipation factor ★★★

The Coroner, BBC1 daytime

Claire Goose, Matt Bardock
Returning for a second series, Coroner Jane Kennedy, played by Claire Goose, investigates sudden or unexplained deaths in the English costal community of Lighthaven, South Devon. Jane continues to work with her former flame Detective Sergeant Davey Higgins (Matt Bardock) and is forced to deal with their past when the family member of an old school friend is found dead in a suspicious car accident.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

The Doctor Blake Mysteries, BBC1 daytime

Craig McLachlan

The fourth series of the crime drama about the Australian Second World War veteran Dr Lucien Blake (McLachlan), who solves crimes from his local medical practice. In this series Blake returns to Ballarat to once again solve a series of strange and baffling murders, only to find that change is afoot, nothing is sacred, and no one is safe…

Anticipation factor ★★★

Bodyguard, BBC1

Stars TBA

Not to be confused with 2011’s now forgotten comedy featuring David Jason as a royal bodyguard, this new drama is a contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. It follows a team of RaSP officers whose duties involve protecting royals, politicians and diplomats. It’s billed as a gripping journey into the corridors of power as seen through the eyes of the bodyguards.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1

James Nesbitt

This is another 10-part instalment of the series based on an idea by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee. James Nesbitt will be back as Detective Inspector Clayton as he tries again to control his compulsions and his power over luck. Series 1 was Sky1’s highest-rated original drama series ever, delivering an average cumulative audience of 1.9 million. The show was also the most watched Sky1 programme week after week on online streaming service NOW TV.

Anticipation factor ★★★★

Line of Duty, BBC1

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton will guest star in the latest round of Jed Mercurio’s terrific police-corruption drama. It has a big job on its hands to maintain the standard of the last season. Filming started in Belfast back in September.

Anticipation factor ★★★★★

Broadchurch 3, ITV

David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson, Mark Bazeley, Lenny Henry, Roy Hudd

A blockbuster cast for the initially well-received whodunit, which reached a huge audience of nine million, before the second series diminished the captivating first series by reversing much of what had happened in it. Can writer Chris Chibnall’s Dorset-based drama recapture our devotion? Well, detectives Miller and Hardy will be facing a new case, sparked by a sexual assault, so the story will be fresh and the cast, of course, very watchable…

Anticipation factor ★★★★


  1. imsiegfried says:

    Not sure where to put this so here it is: Must see Bloodline on Netflix. Crime thriller drama about a family murder mystery that takes place in the present on the coast of Florida. Gorgeous scenery, excellent character depth, the pace starts out slow as is is all movement in tropical summer heat so do not despair if you’re not drawn in by the end of episode one. By the end of 2 episodes you’ll be hooked if you’ve going to be hooked. And if you’re be prepared to want to binge it. Two season.

    Rectify is a mystery about a young man who is released from death row after almost 2 decades and how it affects him and his family. His sister spent almost 20 years to get him released and lost a lot in the process. His mother feels guilty about not being there for her other kids, and her husband who is not the young man’s father rescued her from a deep depression when she needed someone the most. Where do they go from here?

    Even though this sounds depressing to watch it is anything but that. This is a character study more than a mystery with superb photography. It’s also one of the most heartfelt, deeply moving, and intimate shows I’ve ever watched. 3 seasons all on Netflix, iTunes, and maybe Amazon. Check Sundance TV online to see exactly where else it is besides what I’ve listed here.

    Last but not definitely not least is, “Trapped” a crime thriller that takes place in Iceland. This is a mystery about how a young woman died some years past in a small town surrounded by mountains where there are still some deep resentments for what happened there. It’s also about a murderer who’s on the loose in the same town during a blizzard where everyone’s trapped.

    How many more people will be killed before the blizzard lets up? The lead detective is extremely charasmatic and his two side-kicks more than hold their own. The weather and town are also characters that stand out against the lead detective who’s struggling with a divorce and losing his kids to his x-wife who has a new lover in town.

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