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Crime Scene

Crime Scene

Issue 7
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Crime Scene is a 148-page quarterly magazine delving into the world of water-cooler crime drama on TV, film and in fiction. Covering the hottest crime drama, like Sherlock, True Detective, Fargo and The Bridge, and the latest novels from best-selling crime authors like Ian Rankin and James Ellroy. Crime Scene is packed with previews, interviews and features, on set-reports, reviews and series overviews. It brings the expertise, access and craft of Total Film and SFX to focus on the biggest and most popular genre of TV drama and of fiction: Crime.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.

All good things come to an end, as they say. Which is why Crime Scene is marking the conclusion of BROADCHURCH with our feature on the third and final series. As well as joining the cast by the seaside, we learned about the cloak-and-dagger measures employed to protect the show from plot leaks. But while some heroes reach the end of the road, others just keep on going. So this issue we salute enduring characters and their creators: REBUS and IAN RANKIN, HARRY BOSCH and MICHAEL CONNELLY, and DR. KAY SCARPETTA and PATRICIA CORNWELL. Plus, Jane Tennison’s back in the PRIME SUSPECT 1973 prequel, and we celebrate 30 years of MORSE on screen. But as we’re getting all emotional over the final case on Broadchurch, this month the team and I…

4 min.
locked up

“Of course, they are going back to the prison ” CREATED BY: ALEX PINA, IVAN ESCOBAR, ESTHER MARTINEZ LOBATO, DANIEL ECIJA STARRING: MAGGIE CIVANTOS, NAJWA NIMRI, BERTA VAZQUEZ, DANIEL ORTIZ (WALTER PRESENTS) 2016 Thirty minutes north of Madrid, in the small town of Colmenar Viejo, stands a large nondescript building. A former factory, it’s now home to Cruz del Sur, the fictional women’s prison at the heart of Locked Up, titled Vis A Vis (slang for “conjugal visits”) in Spain, where it’s been a runaway hit. British viewers are now about to get the chance to watch the 12-episode second season via Walter Presents, Channel 4’s foreign-language streaming service. It’s early April 2016 and the production has reached the penultimate day of the Series 2 shoot, which began six months earlier. Extras are mingling outside,…

4 min.
every episode ever

BUSY STREET, DAY One of the Criminal Operative Detectives for Gathering Evidence Retrospectively Squad (CODGERS) is crossing the road when a car screeches to a halt. SOMEONE ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR BACKSTORY: I know what happened to your dead wife/ with those backhanders you took/to that prisoner you killed (delete according to team member’s backstory this week). [CODGER looks appalled, car screeches away] CODGERS’ OFFICE, DAY Her Out Of Sexy Beast is pointing at a 1975 picture of a dead person on a whiteboard. The assembled CODGERS look tired – this is, after all, episode 12,946. HER OUT OF SEXY BEAST: This is Victim, who died in mysterious circumstances that are easily solved by modern forensics, but no one’s been bothered. All the victims we investigate were involved in an insular subculture – golfers, witches, war-gamers, etc. This…

2 min.
rogue male

‘‘It’s weird we have so few British films set in Britain that look and feel like contemporary Britain does,” sighs Riz Ahmed. “They all seem to be period dramas. Yet I don’t think our most exciting stories are way behind us in the distant past. I think our most exciting stories are happening right now.” It was one such story that drew the 34-year-old Four Lions star – hotter than hot at present thanks to his recent roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and HBO’s The Night Of – to City Of Tiny Lights, an adaptation of Patrick Neate’s 2005 novel about a British Asian private eye solving mysteries from his office above a west London cab firm. “I loved the idea of taking the gumshoe genre and bringing it…

3 min.
10 of the best

1. THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD BY JOHN LE CARRÉ John le Carré is a master storyteller, and this gripping novel of love and betrayal is a truly genre-defining Cold War thriller. So it comes as no surprise that the BBC are adapting the book following the huge success of The Night Manager last year. 2. CRISIS BY FRANK GARDNER Crisis is the bestselling debut by BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner. Featuring Luke Carlton, an ex-Special Boat Service commando, the book’s fly-on-the-wall insights, fast-paced writing and tense plot guarantee Gardner’s new novel a place in our list of thrillers. 3. CASINO ROYALE BY IAN FLEMING Fleming’s first James Bond novel (published in 1953) is packed with thrills and suspense, showcasing everything we know and love about the Bond stories – chilling, sadistic villains, sensuous, fiery…

2 min.
scandi sequel

“I could feel in a visceral way, this guy could actually kill me ” “I’m really excited, I think this second season is going to be really good,” says Melinda Kinnaman when Crime Scene catches up with her as she’s preparing to shoot Modus in Stockholm. It’s good news for fans of the first series, even if the festive crime spree on BBC Four was a chilling experience. It turns out Kinnaman (The Bridge), who plays criminal psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik, even scared herself watching it. “Even though I knew what was going to happen, I was crawling into the corner of the sofa,” she says. Recalling filming her scene with the murderer, she adds: “I could feel in a visceral way, this guy could actually kill me.” Some friends told…