TV crime drama

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TV Tonight: a detective moves to Dublin to investigate her own daughter’s death
Paula Malcomson leads brilliant six-parter Redemption. Plus, Comic Relief 2023. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hollie Richardson, Ellen E Jones, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison and Simon Wardell

17, Mar, 2023 @6:20 AM

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A Town Called Malice review – you don’t get more 1980s than this bloody crime drama
Zippy, brash and so 80s it’s exhausting, this murder-packed gangland show is sheer mindless entertainment

Lucy Mangan

16, Mar, 2023 @10:10 PM

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‘Right now, there is not a great deal of trust in the police’: why TV is filled with bent coppers
Crime dramas like Better, The Capture and Karen Pirie increasingly depict officers as corrupt. Given the scandals that have eroded confidence in British police, it’s no wonder

Louis Staples

16, Mar, 2023 @5:15 PM

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Farewell Endeavour – what a perfect finale to one of TV’s classic crime shows
This last episode of the Inspector Morse prequel had issues to wrap up – and did it with style. From brilliantly excruciating moments to its intriguing ending, it stayed true to itself

Mark Lawson

12, Mar, 2023 @10:00 PM

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Unforgotten series five episode one recap – Sinéad Keenan more than fills the biggest boots ever
After the last season left 9.5 million of us weeping, the beguiling cop drama is back with no Nicola Walker and a testy new boss. Will Sunny heal while the team crack the case of the corpse up the chimney?

Michael Hogan

27, Feb, 2023 @10:00 PM

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Unforgotten series five review – still cracking crime drama, even without Nicola Walker
The much-loved gaffer was killed off at the end of the last series, but Chris Lang’s show is as taut and tense and pleasurable as ever

Rebecca Nicholson

27, Feb, 2023 @10:00 PM

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Endeavour review – the Morse prequel’s final series scales heights the original never reached
An incriminating note written on sheet music, a flirtatious musician, a pint of bitter … this intricate, sure-footed crime show’s farewell is even more accomplished than its predecessor

Stuart Jeffries

26, Feb, 2023 @10:00 PM

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Luther: The Fallen Sun review – grisly violence takes starring role
Feature incarnation of the Idris Elba cop drama sees a ropey but savage snuff-porn plot get too much explicit attention

Peter Bradshaw

24, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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The week in TV: The Gold: Better; Inside Our Autistic Minds; The Piano
The BBC’s Brink’s-Mat robbery saga humanises the heist; compelling bent copper drama Better loses the plot; Chris Packham returns with a moving autism doc; and reality TV that plays you like a piano

Barbara Ellen

19, Feb, 2023 @9:30 AM

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Fact or fiction? The truth behind TV crime dramas
One ex-detective calls the BBC’s The Gold ‘a travesty’, but most screen versions of true crime play fast and loose with the facts

Duncan Campbell

18, Feb, 2023 @8:00 AM

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‘I’ve never forgotten it’: the very best (and very worst) TV endings of all time
From The Sopranos’ unbeatable conclusion to the nonsensical anticlimax of Game of Thrones, here are the most memorable TV finales of all time – for varying reasons …

Chitra Ramaswamy, Scott Bryan, Phil Harrison, Kate Abbott, Stuart Heritage, Alexi Duggins, Rebecca Nicholson, Mark Lawson, Michael Hogan, Micha Frazer-Carroll and Lucy Mangan

07, Feb, 2023 @3:23 PM

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Mr Inbetween is one of Australia’s best TV shows – so why isn’t it more popular?
This crime caper has it all: hapless crims, ocker gang bosses, a morally dubious (though lovable) hitman

Katie Cunningham

07, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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