Mr. Inbetween (2018-2021) Season 3
Ray Shoesmith is a father, ex-husband, boyfriend, brother and best friend, tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Especially when you’re also a criminal for hire.
My thoughts: Didn’t find it as strong as season 2, but loved it all the same. A great send-off.
Happy Valley (2014-2023) Season One
Yorkshire-based crime drama centering on the personal and professional life of Police Sergeant Catherine Cawood.
My thoughts: Great character work and an exceptional set-up, but I found the plotting too diffuse in the late-goings. Still, I look forward to checking out season 2.
The Night Manager (2017)
The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer’s inner circle.
My thoughts: Like a very dry parody of a spy thriller.
Annika (2021 – ) First season
Witty, enigmatic DI Annika Strandhed heads up the Marine Homicide Unit, tasked with solving murders in and around the Scottish waters.
My thoughts: Love Nicola Walker’s performance and her dialogue with the viewer, but the episodic investigations were disappointingly sleight. Still, there’s enough here to like so I will definitely be checking out the second season.
When a singer is found murdered, with her scent glands excised from her body, detectives probe a group of friends who attended boarding school with her.
My thoughts: Intriguing at first and then progressively sillier in its exploration of the subconscious influence of scent. Wildly implausible.