The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th January) – The Killing Times


We’re off to a flyer in 2023, with plenty of great new stuff to sink your teeth into. We have offerings from Australia (Mystery Road: Origin), Denmark (Copenhagen Cowboy), Brazil (Lady Voyeur) and, of course, the UK, where there’s a whole slew of favourites back. Enjoy!

1 Happy Valley *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S3 E2/6

No synopsis available.
Sunday 8th January, 9pm, BBC One

2 Mystery Road: Origin *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 E1&2/6

In 1999, taciturn constable Jay Swan’s homecoming is greeted by guns, friction with his father, and an impact with Mark.
Saturday 7th January, 9pm, BBC Four

3 Stonehouse *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 E1-3/3

The 1970 election proves to be a turning point for Labour MP John Stonehouse when his party loses power and he goes from flag-waver to scapegoat, and is left out in the cold by deposed prime minister Harold Wilson, Czech spymaster Alexander Marek and the media. Rumours of fraud are circulating too, as his suspect investments are scrutinised and he ends up hatching an outlandish plan to escape his troubles. 
Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th January, 9pm, ITV

4 Copenhagen Cowboy *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 1-6/6

A young heroine, Miu who travels through Copenhagen’s criminal netherworld.
From Thursday 5th January, Netflix

5 Silent Witness *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S26 E1&2/10

A man is thrown from a high-rise building, an incident that may be connected to a notorious organised crime syndicate. Aided by the National Crime Agency, Nikki and her team set about uncovering the truth. As they descend deeper into the murky depths of the investigation, Nikki soon finds herself caught in the organisation’s web, with deadly consequences.
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd January, 9pm, BBC One

6 The Light In The Hall *NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREMIERE*
S1 E1&2/6

Sharon Roberts has spent nearly two decades searching for her daughter Ela’s body. Shortly after she vanished, mild-mannered gardener Joe Thomas was arrested and charged with her murder. He confessed to the crime but refused to explain what he did with the body. Now Joe is being considered for parole, and if he is released, Sharon’s greatest fear may be realised – she will never get Ela’s body back and the past will torment her for the rest of her life.
Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th January, 9pm, Channel 4

7 Midsummer Murders *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S22 E5

The members of amateur operatic society the Midsomer Mummers are busy rehearsing for their charity concert when the body of an unknown man is found in their theatre. Barnaby and Winter’s investigation quickly becomes a race to discover who is desperate to be centre stage.
Sunday 8th January, 8pm, ITV

8 Death In Paradise *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S12 E1/8

A group of astronomers gathers on the cliffs of Saint Marie to watch Jupiter and Saturn align – a once-in-a-lifetime planetary event. However, one of its number – renowned professor Bertrand Sworder – meets an untimely death. The circumstances of his demise warrant the involvement of Neville and Naomi, who soon learn there was some professional hostility towards Sworder. Back at the station, Darlene announces that she has passed her exam and is ready to be a trainee officer.
Friday 6th January, 9pm, BBC One

9 Father Brown *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S10 E1/10

The clerical sleuth discovers that a murderer is using Kembleford’s new model village to plan their attacks. 
Friday 6th January, 1.45pm, BBC One

10 Lady Voyeur *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
S1 E1-10/10

Follows Miranda, an uncontrollable voyeur and extremely skilled hacker. One day, her fate changes when she meets the man of her dreams. But, will he be what she expected?
Netflix

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