The usual suspects… and new suspects
There are some popular shows coming back, and a few intriguing new crime series on the way. Here's a rundown…
Watch out for Braquo, which follows Spiral in bringing us another take on the violent cops of Paris. This time, the lives of a squad’s members are changed when their leader is falsely accused of corruption and commits suicide… Starts on FX UK on Sunday, 30 October, 10pm.
Eddy, Max, Roland Pics: FX
The BBC has commissioned a lot of brand-new stuff. There's Savage by Stephen Butchard, about a Liverpool beat cop who witnesses the murder of his closest friend.
May Day is a five-part BBC thriller, written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel), about a young girl whose disappearance spreads suspicion through a community.
The Fuse sees a politician wake up after an alcoholic night to realise he could be responsible for a murder. Daniel Demoys has gone from being an idealistic young man to a corrupt council official. Can he redeem himself? This BBC1 psychological thriller is slated for 2012.
Inside Men is a BBC four-parter about security depot employees who decide the rip the place off in a £15m heist. Starring Steven Mackintosh (Camelot, Luther), Ashley Walters (Outcasts), Warren Brown (Luther) and Kierston Wareing (The Shadow Line).
Death in Paradise stars Ben Miller and French star Sara Martins in an eight-part BBC production with France Televisions. It's about a quintessential English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie. While to anyone else the job is paradise, to Richard Poole (Miller) it's hell…
Top of the Lake is an atmospheric new multi-part drama series for BBC2 from Oscar-winning writer/director Jane Campion. A 12-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and won't say who the father is, insisting it was 'no one'. Then she disappears.
Sherlock – another three episodes are in the pipeline for airing in 2012, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes along with Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs and Rupert Graves. Showrunner Steven Moffat says, 'The three stories will be called A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of the Baskervilles and The Reichenbach Fall.'
Dirk Gently is another much-loved classic that will return after its modest try-out last December on BBC4. Three hour-long stories about Douglas Adams' holistic detective will also go out next year.
Meanwhile, ITV have recommissioned quite a few crime series after their initial success.
Whitechapel, with Rupert Penry-Jones, is filming now, 'bigger and bolder than before', according to its produces, David Boulter. Of the new season, Boulter also says, 'Gruesome present day investigations summon the ghosts of the past, screaming and restless.'
Above Suspicion will return for a fourth series, with Kelly Reilly and Miaran Hinds. 'Silent Scream' is being adapted by Lynda La Plante from her successful novel about detective Anna Travis.
Lewis – which regularly notches up more than seven-million viewers – has been recommissioned. The three new films are called 'Generation of Vipers', 'The Age of Follishness', and 'Death of the Author'.
Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn, will be back in four new cases set in Northumberland and Newcastle.
Scott & Bailey will go back into production in October, filming eight new stories with Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp.
Case Sensitive – DS Charlie Zailer (Olivia Williams) and DC Simon Waterhouse (Darren Boyd) will return in a new two-part story.
Endeavour – and ITV is also making this prequel to Morse, starring Shaun Evans as the young Morse during the 1960s.
Shaun Evans Pics: ITV
Kidnap and Ransom, with Trevor Eve as international hostage negotiator Dominic King, is coming back for a second outing. Filming (by Eve's production company, Projector Pictures) will begin in South Africa in September.
Sky Atlantic has a really intriguing new series in production called Hit and Miss. This is created by Paul Abbott (Exile, Shameless, State of Play, Touching Evil) and stars Chloe Sevigny in the lead as Mia, a contract killer with a secret – she's a transgender woman. Also starring Peter Wight, Jonas Armstrong and Vincent Regan. This six-parter will air in 2012.
Meanwhile, the second season of Boardwalk Empire will return on Saturday, 8 October, at 9pm.
Sky1 is also making another four episodes of Mad Dogs for 2012. Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren have all signed for the new series.