ITV3 celebrates its 10th birthday

Happy birthday, ITV3. The channel is 10 years old and is celebrating with a weekend of 10 favourite dramas starting on Saturday 1 November.

They should really have called it ‘ITV Crime’ because it has become the home of ITV’s most popular police dramas. Consequently, the birthday weekend will feature Marple, Endeavour, Inspector Morse, Lewis, A Touch of Frost, Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders.

The channel’s very first show on 1 November 2004 was also a crimer, Inspector Rebus, based on Ian Rankin’s novels and starring John Hannah.

Its most popular show to air during the first decade was an episode of Foyle’s WarThe Hide went out in March 2013 and was watched by 1.8m viewers.

Since 2008 ITV3 has also been the home of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, celebrating the very best of British and international crime thriller fiction and drama.

This year’s event takes place this Friday – CrimeTimePreview will be there covering and Tweeting about it – and it will air on ITV3 on 27th October. Hosted by Bradley Walsh, the awards are the culmination of the six-week Crime Thriller Club series on ITV3, a studio-based show focused on crime fiction and television with high-profile guests, quizzes, bluffer’s guides and peeks behind the scenes of popular dramas.

So, congratulations ITV3. Watching you has been bloody murder.

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The Crime Thriller Club, ITV3, with Bradley Walsh

Rating: ★★★★

ITV3: starts Monday, 15 September, 9pm

JUST WANTED TO GIVE  a shout for this returning crime magazine show, presented by Bradley Walsh. It’s a fun and interesting hour going behind the scenes of new series – tonight they’re taking a glimpse at The Interceptor, starring Trevor Eve and Jo Joyner – profiling top writers and talking to actors and crime authors.

It’s all part of the build-up to the CWA Crime Thriller Awards in October, one of the biggest gong shows of the year for crime fiction and screen dramas.

I watched them filming an instalment last week because I’d been invited to go on the show and take part in its short quiz section. Stephen Tompkinson was also in the studio talking about DCI Banks, and author Mark Billingham was discussing new books.

I called on the services of Ali Karim, Literary Editor of Shots Magazine, to be my team mate because

Ali Karim and myself in the Green Room

he’s so knowledgable about authors – he knows Lee Child, among many, many others, and has met Stephen King. He even got into the role by dressing as Heisenberg from Breaking Bad.

It was a laugh watching the show being made at Cactus Studios in Camberwell, London. Bradley Walsh is great fun as host, and is of course a good all-round choice for the show as he was the mainstay of ITV’s Law & Order: UK until recently.

Anyway, despite Ali’s expertise and my TV knowledge things didn’t go according to plan for us during the quiz. Our moment in the limelight comes later in the series, so in the meantime enjoy tonight’s review of Lucie Waterhouse’s Before We Met and the Club’s profile of the brilliant thriller writer Robert Harris.

Host Bradley Walsh with author Peter James and Peter Davison in an upcoming edition

Check out these links…

TV Daggers – who should win
Crime Thriller Awards 2014
Shots Magazine

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Crime Thriller Award nominees 2013

ACTORS AND TV folk are gathering at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday to give out gongs to the best crime dramas and movies of the year.

Broadchurch, the superb ITV series starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, dominates the nominations with six nods from the selection judges (of which CrimeTimePreview is a voting member). This is fair enough, as no UK drama generated as much buzz as Broadchurch in 2013.

Luther is not far behind with four nominations, while BBC2’s The Fall limps in with a disappointing two noms – TV Dagger and Best Actress for Gillian Anderson – which is a poor return for one of the best and most original series we’ve seen recently.

The Killing 3 with Sofie Grabol turn up for the last time as the groundbreaking Danish series reached a fittingly bold finale this year. That other major international hot show of the moment, Homeland, is also strongly represented with four nominations – International TV Dagger, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis and, of course, Claire Danes.

The event will be broadcast on ITV3 on Tuesday, 29 October, at 9pm.

What do you think of the nominees? There’s nothing for New Tricks or Midsomer or Ripper Street or Lewis? Comment below…

The TV Dagger

Luther • Top of the Lake • Broadchurch • The Fall • Bletchley Circle

The International TV Dagger

Homeland • Boardwalk Empire • The Killing 3 • Arne Dahl

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger

Paul McGann A Mother’s Son • Mandy Patinkin Homeland • Andrew Buchan Broadchurch • Warren Brown Luther • Roger Allam Endeavour

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger

Pauline Quirke Broadchurch • Amelia Bullmore Scott & Bailey • Holly Hunter Top of the Lake • Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch • Ruth Wilson Luther

The Best Actor Dagger

Damian Lewis Homeland • David Tennant Broadchurch • Idris Elba Luther • Jason Isaacs Case Histories • Paddy Considine The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane

The Best Actress Dagger

Sofie Grabol The Killing 3 • Olivia Colman Broadchurch • Claire Danes Homeland • Gillian Anderson The Fall • Lesley Sharp Scott & Bailey

The Film Dagger

Sky Fall • Jack Reacher • Killing Them Softly • Looper • Seven Psychopaths

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ITV blown away at Crime Thriller Awards

ITV have been well and truly tucked up, as they say in Martina Cole novels, by the BBC.

Of the 20 Dagger nominations for TV crime dramas at the Specsavers CWA Crime Thriller Awards tomorrow night, the Beeb has snatched 19 (nominations are listed below)! ITV have just the one, and it’s for the pifling nomination of Best Supporting Actor (Laurence Fox, Lewis).

The BBC takes the lot for the TV Dagger noms (Ashes to Ashes, Sherlock, Luther, Wallander), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Kenneth Branagh, Philip Glenister), Best Supporting Actress (Dervla Kirwan, Gina McKee, Saskia Reeves, Sophie Okonedo), and only Glenn Close for Damages spoils their clean sweep for Best Actress (Hermione Norris, Keeley Hawes, Maxine Peake and Sue Johnston).

And the show is being broadcast by ITV3 next Tuesday! Fortunately, all 12 nominees for the People’s Detective Dagger are ITV favourites, from Barnaby and Foyle to Morse and Rebus.

But for most of tomorrow night ITV executives will be staring daggers rather than receiving them during the BBC’s champagne popping at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. If looks could kill…

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