The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 19th – Sunday 25th December) – The Killing Times


Well, we’re almost there. We will, of course, be rolling out our crime dramas of the year during Twixtmas, but until then – and in the lead-up to Christmas – there’s still plenty of stuff to watch and get stuck into on these cold late-December nights. Look out for Channel 4’s one-off about the Rebekah Vardy-Coleen Rooney libel case. Enjoy!

1 Slow Horses *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S2 E5/6

No synopsis available.
Friday 23rd December, Apple+ TV

2 Vienna Blood *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S3 E2/3

Max applies his neurological expertise to help a retired soldier who is convinced he is cursed and tortured by vengeful spirits. It looks like a tragic case of trauma-induced paranoia when the captain is found to have killed himself in a gruesome manner. But Max and Oskar are not convinced and the investigation into the veteran’s past takes Max and Oskar through Vienna’s most lavish homes and into its darkest opium dens.
Wednesday 21st December, 9pm, BBC Two

3 Black Sands *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
S1 E8/8

Anita and Gusti race against time, and as the events of the past two years start to become clearer, a final reckoning threatens to change everything.
Sunday 25th December, 10pm, Alibi

4 Strike: Troubled Blood *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES* *LAST IN SERIES*
S5 E4/4

The detectives track down Douthwaite by realising that he uses famous singers as his aliases. He and Robin head to the guesthouse in Skegness that he’s now running with his wife. He denies any involvement in Margot’s disappearance and seems genuinely scared to have his new identity discovered. Strike realises that Margot’s killer has been responsible for many other murders which have gone undetected over the years, and sets out to entrap them.
Monday 19th December, 9pm, BBC One

5 Three Pines *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
S1 E7&8/10

No synopsis available.
Friday 23rd December, Amazon Prime Video

6 Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama *NEW UK PREMIERE ONE-OFF*
S1 E1/1

Dramatic recreation of the sensational `Wagatha Christie” trial – one of the most extraordinary libel cases ever to be brought before the High Court as two `footballers’ wives” came to blows, with Rebekah Vardy trying to sue Coleen Rooney for defamation. The origins of the dispute lay in a 2019 tweet in which Rooney publicly accused Vardy of selling stories to the press about her. 
Wednesday 21st December, 9pm, Channel 4

7 Cracker *REPEAT*
S4 E1

Hard-drinking police psychologist Fitz visits Hong Kong for a lecture tour, but soon finds himself having to help police solve the bizarre murder of a high-flying businessman. His only demand is that his colleague Penhaligon is flown out to assist – but he gets a shock once the plane from Manchester eventually lands. 
Wednesday 21st December, 10pm, ITV3

8 Happy Valley *REPEAT*
S2 E5&6/6

Daniel suspects somebody at school might be responsible for Ryan’s new-found interest in Tommy, and tries to explain that he wasn’t really a dad to him. Despite Sean protesting his innocence, Jodie and John receive permission to charge him with all of the murders.
Saturday 24th December, 9pm, Drama

9 Sherlock *REPEAT*
The Abominable Bride

Thomas Ricoletti is somewhat surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown as only a few hours earlier she took her own life. The apparent ghost of Mrs Ricoletti now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes and Watson must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave. 
Monday 19th December, 8pm, Drama

10 Vera *REPEAT*
S5 E2/4

When the remains of a teenager are found half-buried in a wood, Vera finds herself investigating a 30-year-old mystery. Identified as Carrie Telling, a girl who disappeared during the 1984 miners’ strike, the team retrieves news footage from the protests that shows her taking pictures in the background. It appears she got caught up in the unrest that day, contradicting her father’s assertion that she went straight home. Photographs recovered from her camera yield further revelations for Vera. What did Carrie discover that ultimately led to her death?
Monday 19th December, 8pm, ITV3

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