Riviera, Julia Stiles, Sky Atlantic

Riviera Julia Stiles

High stakes – Julia Stiles as Georgina Clios

Super-intrigue among the super-rich on the Côte d’Azur

★★★ Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 15 June, 9pm

BEAUTIFUL CARS and yachts, lush scenery and a top-of-the-range cast make this thriller a feast for the eyes from the moment it gets going. Fortunately, the intrigue ensures there is more to it than surface gloss.

Julia Stiles, of Bourne fame, heads a cast that includes Adrian Lester, Iwan Rheon and Lena Olin. She plays Georgina Clios, an art curator who travelled the world buying masterpieces for billionaire Constantine (Anthony LaPaglia). He eventually decided to acquire her, too, and they married.

Riviera - Series 01 Sky Atlantic

Watchful – Adrian Lester as Robert Carver

Secrets and betrayals

When we meet them the marriage is a year old. This is a couple who can have a telephone conversation in which neither bats an eyelid over a snap decision on buying a painting for £30million.

However, an explosion on a super-yacht in Monte Carlo suddenly opens Georgina’s eyes to the fact that Constantine kept many secrets from her.

His ex-wife and the local detectives ask questions that alert her to his many secrets and betrayals. The first episode finishes on a neat cliffhanger that should make most thriller fans eager to see more.

Riviera - Series 01

Live fast, die rich – there is a lot at stake for the glitterati

Created by Neil Jordan

This is a terrifically lavish 10-parter from Sky Atlantic, created and co-written by Neil Jordan, who won a screenplay Oscar for The Crying Game. It is so intimidatingly a portrait of the super-rich, it makes The Night Manager, which it clearly is its companion piece, look cheap.

It even seems to have more yachts, super-yachts, bling cars, motorbikes and other hardware than a Bond film.

However, the theme of a woman delving into her her husband’s menacing secrets, is rich enough to make Riviera a high-class treat.

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

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Lethal Weapon: Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) and Martin Riggs [Clayne Crawford)

Between the autumn television slate and some promising titles around the corner in 2017, there’s a lot to be excited about for fans of crime and mystery television. Some of these shows are brand new and others are merely moving on to new seasons, but in considering both categories, here are five programmes that are already looking like a whole lot of fun. 

Lethal Weapon (Fox)

Lethal Weapon has to be one of the more exciting new crime shows in at least a few years. Announced earlier this year, it’s set to debut this autumn for American audiences on Fox and on ITV in Britain and will presumably be available for streaming soon thereafter. The show us based on the 1987 film of the same name, which has an iconic place among American crime thrillers. That film, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, ultimately spawned three sequels, each as exciting as the last. It also led to a 1992 NES video game, which you can actually still obtain from Game Fabrique, a site featuring several old titles available for download. That the game is still around is a testament to the fact that even the distinctly ’80s and ’90s feeling of these films hasn’t made them any less popular with action and crime fans. 

The new show looks to be a fairly straightforward reboot. Clayne Crawford (24, Rogue) has been cast as Martin Riggs (Gibson’s character), with Damon Wayans (Major Payne, My Wife and Kids) playing Roger Murtaugh (Glover’s role). It ought to be a standard buddy-cop action show with elements of drama and comedy, and the key will be for Crawford and Wayans to develop something that at least remotely resembles the chemistry of Gibson and Glover. Interestingly enough, Glover said he’s skeptical of the project, or at least that he’d prefer people still remember his four films fondly. But the name Lethal Weapon still carries a great deal of weight, which should make this show one of the more watched debuts of the coming season. 

MacGyver (CBS)

In another move to reboot an American crime classic, albeit one that’s generally taken with a grain of salt, MacGyver will also return to television screens in the near future. Set to debut in late September, this show concerns a secret agent who uses scientific knowledge and off-the-charts resourcefulness to get out of sticky situations and, in all likelihood, save the world. If you’re not as familiar with the original series, which ran from 1985 to 1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson in the titular role, you may well have come across the parody: Saturday Night Live and Will Forte’s “MacGruber. In this skit that ultimately became a film, the hero would frequently fall short of saving the world due to comical miscues. 

The new drama will presumably be a little bit grittier, though as stated MacGyver isn’t necessarily meant to be taken seriously. Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse) will star as a young Angus MacGyver, who essentially creates his own organisation within the United States government to fight crime with his own bizarre blend of skills. 

Sherlock (BBC One)

What Sherlock has done for Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective series is remarkable. Released just months after the blockbuster film Sherlock Holmes and before Elementary in the US, it managed to become most people’s picture of the definitive modern Holmes. It also brought popularity back to the character and concept. One can argue that Elementary sprouted from this show, and we’ve also seen a greater prevalence of Holmes material, such as video games, since the 2010 debut. Frogwares has a well-known console series going, but the characters from these stories have also popped up in high-volume online gaming arenas. The choices for slot machine games at Betfair include numerous connections to pop culture and fiction, and a delightful Sherlock Holmes title is now among them. The game uses character images, detective equipment, and the setting of 221B Baker Street to make for a more interesting casino experience, with reel spins turning up all kinds of elements related to the stories.

Despite all this influence, Sherlock is actually a pretty abbreviated show. Presented in a way that each series consists of only a handful of (long) episodes, it plays out almost like a collection of short films. There have only been three series to date, as well as one Christmas mini-episode and a 2016 special that existed outside of the timeline of the regular show. And for that reason, fans simply can’t wait for more material. Series four will debut in 2017, with more wonderful action expected from Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. 

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