Christmas with Crime Files
Christmas is a time for family, food, festivities and of course catching up with TV, boxsets and books. This year, we've been spoilt for choice on crime dramas coming up on TV over Christmas. To help you out the Crime Files team have picked out what we're most looking forward to. Merry Christmas!
Posted on December 21, 2015 in Film/TV Adaptations
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
I can still remember reading And Then There Were None avidly the summer of the Barcelona Olympics – which was probably the height of my Agatha Christie fandom. And I can completely understand why it is one of the biggest crime novels of all time. And this is why I cannot wait to curl up on Boxing Day and watch the new adaptation. Not only does it have an all star cast – Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Sam Neill to name just a few – but from the trailers it looks to be beautifully shot and styled. I’m sure they’re going to perfectly capture the tension that the novel creates as the murders continue. If only I could remember whodunit – but maybe it’s a good thing I can’t…
Jo Liddiard, Headline
WATCH IT: BBC One 26th, 27, 28th December
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
Christmas is surely the time for a serious Netflix binge – it’s certainly high on my agenda for the holidays! There are so many great crime and thriller series on there that I’m spoilt for choice, but I’ve pretty much decided on a rewatch of the first season of How To Get Away With Murder, in anticipation of series 2 arriving next year. If you haven’t discovered this one yet, I highly recommend it: bitchy law students, Viola Davis as a professionally kick-ass but personally messed-up defence attorney, and a seriously twisty murder mystery. Go forth and binge…
Naomi Berwin, Hodder
WATCH IT: Netflix
HARRY PRICE: GHOST HUNTER
I love an ITV drama with a satisfying Sunday night feel to it and Harry Price: Ghost Hunter looks to be just that. It’s got a cracking cast, Rafe Spall stars as Harry Price and Cara Theobald (Downton Abbey) as Sarah Grey, and is based on the book The Ghost Hunters. It’s set in 1920s London at a time of rapidly emerging technology and follows Britain’s most famous real life ghost hunter and sceptic who investigated tales of the paranormal and supernatural. Harry Price has devoted his life to exposing the truth behind England’s many ‘false hauntings’, and never has he left a case unsolved, nor a fraud unexposed until Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England…
Ella Pocock, Quercus
WATCH IT: ITV1 27TH December, 9pm
Handlebar moustaches, top hats, steam trains – I could be describing a Friday night in Shoreditch, but I’m actually referring to the Victorian-era Christmas special of SHERLOCK!
On New Year’s Day, we see the return of Bimblyboop Crumpetpants and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson. The episode, called ‘The Abominable Bridge, is set in 1895 and centres around the ghost of a woman who has recently taken her own life. I watched the trailer and did a girly squeal. One of the show’s creators, Steven Moffat, has been quoted as saying ‘This is the Sherlock you know, but in the ‘correct’ era. It’s one of the best one off episodes we’ve ever done.’
I cannot wait. I will be sitting there on New Year’s Day, top hat and waistcoat on, pipe in hand, checking my pocket watch every five minutes until it’s 9pm!
Joe Yule, Headline
WATCH IT: BBC One 1 January