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Crime Scene

Crime Scene

Issue 7

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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in this issue

2 min
spook street

“THE MISFIT SPOOKS GRIP OUR ATTENTION THROUGHOUT THE OFFBEAT, INTRICATE PLOT” Slough House – as you might guess from the name – isn’t exactly the most prestigious arm of the British Secret Service. In fact it’s by way of MI5’s refuse tip – a shabby, crumbling building accessed via a putrid alleyway in east-central London, staffed by an ill-assorted bunch described as “the catastrophes of the intelligence world”. The team turn out to be a rich gallery of addicts, obsessives and psychological walking-woundeds, dumped in this scummy backwater of the Service for varied misconducts, or simply for having antagonised the wrong person. They’re headed up by the breathtakingly charmless Jackson Lamb (“I don’t think of you as a team, I think of you as collateral damage”), the foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, heavy-drinking lead character…

9 min
celtic noir

“The landscape has become a character in itself, really” If there was a BAFTA award for TV locations, Hinterland would win it every year. The BBC’s Welsh cop show – a Celtic Noir to rival Scandinavian crime – is back for a third series featuring scenery as dramatic as the sinister storylines. When Crime Scene visits the set in mid-Wales at the height of summer, it’s a bewitching, bilingual experience. “You’re taken to places where there are no people for miles and miles,” says Mali Harries, who plays DI Mared Rhys. “The landscape has become a character in itself, really – there are mountains, sand dunes and immense scenery around us. It has a feeling of the [American] Midwest. I think that’s partly why a lot of other countries have invested in…

3 min
international law

What’s it like being part of the Criminal Minds TV franchise? It’s crazy. I have made my entire career on procedurals, which is such a gift. So when you join something like Criminal Minds it’s a nice feeling. There’s this comfort level in the fact that it is a procedural, but also you go from country to country, so you’re learning about cultures and language and protocol. The show features global settings, but where’s it filmed? It’s all LA; isn’t that crazy? They do such an incredible job. I travelled a lot when I was younger and so I’m always amazed when I walk on set. I’m like, “that’s India, that’s Thailand, that’s Japan”. It’s so cool. People say to me aren’t you frustrated that you don’t get to go? No! I could…

1 min
two o’clock boy

Mark Hill has had previous careers as a journalist and as an award-winning producer for BBC Radio 2. Of course, none of this necessarily qualifies him to write the kind of storming debut that is now de rigueur for any fledgling crime writer wishing to make a mark, but that is exactly what he’s done in this ambitious novel. Two O’Clock Boy takes the clichés of the modern police procedural and forges them into something new and impressive. The protagonist is morally ambiguous copper DI Ray Drake – familiar, yes, but this is an interesting variation on the typical crime fiction character. Prior to the narrative, a children’s home, Longacre, was razed to the ground. In the present a sinister figure, the titular “Two O’Clock Boy”, appears to be in the…

1 min
the team: series 1

When crime no longer stops at international borders, police forces in different countries have to work together. That’s the premise behind Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrom’s The Team – which, while lacking the innocent exuberance of 1980s action series The A-Team, is a solid attempt to show how technology and human reason can ensure justice for victims of crime, regardless of geography and judicial borders. Lars Mikkelsen — chilling in Sherlock — here plays good-natured Harald Bjorn, an internationally acknowledged expert in organised crime who links up with Antwerp-based Alicia Verbeeck (Veerle Baetens) and Berlin-based Jackie Mueller (Jasmin Gerat) as they slowly build a case against Marius Loukauskis (Nicholas Ofczarek), a Lithuanian billionaire up to his eyes in human trafficking, forced labour and murder. The narrative pace across the eight episodes may…

1 min

If you ever thought the Sherlock Holmes stories might benefit from being steeped in gin, caked in grime and then left unwashed for weeks, socio-psychology lecturer Mick Finlay’s 1895-set detective debut is for you. While Holmes took society cases, Finlay’s William Arrowood is your private dick for dirty deeds done dirt cheap: when he isn’t boozing himself senseless, he takes on cases from those who can’t afford Holmes. We meet self-declared Holmes-hater Arrowood and his tough ’n’ ready John Watson-alike pal, narrator Norman Barnett, when a Frenchwoman tasks them with finding her missing brother. The mystery leads them to a grim South London boozer, the Barrel of Beef, and on to darker places, where Fenians, dodgy coppers, lethal gangsters, boiled-to-death corpses, bad memories and ruthless violence await them. Like the mustard-slathered beef…