As Harrow returns for series 3 on Alibi, here are the other crime dramas you should be investigating
By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer
Ioan Gruffudd (Hornblower) plays Dr Daniel Harrow, a forensic pathologist who is as gifted as he is unorthodox. He is unusually empathetic with the dead, but his genius has wreaked havoc on his family life, making him an unreliable husband (now ex-husband) and father.
In the third series of the Australian show, a young man claiming to be Harrow’s son winds up dead, but is he really who he claims to be? With business turning personal, Harrow attempts to shield those he loves from his work, while simultaneously burying himself in it.
Dr Daniel Harrow (Ioan Gruffudd) was taking a breather from a high-speed car chase to quickly check himself out in his wing mirror
The violent stabbing of a homeless man and the murder of a… vampire are just a few of the bizarre cases Harrow gets stuck into this series.
With us all loving a maverick rulebreaker when it comes to tackling crime, the telly gods have listened and seem to be serving up more crime dramas than we can possibly handle. If you haven’t watched the ones below, that’s a case that needs solving – urgently!
Find series 3 & 4 in Apps & Games > ITV Hub + Find series 1-3 in Apps & Games > Netflix
If you’re growing tired of stale detective show tropes, but still want to be hooked in by a slowly unravelling mystery, Unforgotten is for you. DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) have made it their business to find answers to the questions no one else is asking in cold cases, and hopefully provide some closure for the families seeking justice. If you haven’t caught up, we won’t spoil it, but series 4 recently ended explosively, with some BIG changes afoot for series 5.
Line Of Duty
Find series 1-6 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
As the show returns for series 6, leaving us just as puzzled as ever and shouting at our screens, “Where do I remember them from?”, there has never been a more necessary time for a re-watch. Whenever you weren’t paying attention in series 1… well, turns out crucial plotlines and characters are coming back home to roost in series 6. DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DSI Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) are interested in one thing and one thing only: CATCHING BENT COPPERS!
Find series 1 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
You’d be forgiven for thinking Compston has a British accent after hearing him in Line Of Duty, but he’s actually Scottish, and uses his real accent in Traces! He plays the love interest of Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor, Cheat), who takes on a job as a lab assistant at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science in Dundee. While taking a course, the “fictional” case illustrated strikes a very real chord with a death in Emma’s life. It’s like a crime story within a crime story, and the science is airtight, too.
The Truth Will Out
Find it in Apps & Games > All 4
From Walter Presents comes this Swedish psychological crime thriller (and the Swedes have got this genre in the bag), based on a true story. After a long period of sick leave, Detective Peter Wendel (Robert Gustafsson) heads up a cold case team with a group of misfits. When it’s uncovered that Sweden’s most notorious serial killer might not actually be the real killer, Wendel leaps at the chance to prove himself. Find out what makes up the DNA of a Scandi noir here.
McDonald & Dodds
Find series 1 & 2 in Apps & Games > ITV Hub
DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia, Cold Feet) and DS Dodds (Jason Watkins, Des) couldn’t be more different, but it’s precisely their individual quirks that make them a successful crime-fighting duo. As the pair solve cases in Bath, they’re joined by a raft of all-star guests in this series focused on a quirky partnership rather than grisly murders.
Find series 1 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
This Scottish drama only has four episodes, but each one hits like a cold splash of water to the face. Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) plays Anna Dean, a woman whose nine-year-old son was murdered 14 years ago. The murderer went to jail for his crime, but following his release, Anna believes he’s residing in her home town of Edinburgh. Bus driver Craig Myers (James Harkness, Macbeth) is violently attacked after an online post identifies him as the murderer, and Anna is the prime suspect.
Find series 1 in Apps & Games > Netflix
Swedish novelist Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander novels have received British and Swedish television adaptations, but Young Wallander is a prequel. Everyone loves an origin story, especially when it comes to troubled detectives. How exactly did they become so troubled? Swedish actor Adam Pålsson (Avenue 5) plays a wet-behind-the-ears Wallander as he graduates from police academy and dives into his first case.
Criminal: United Kingdom
Find series 1 & 2 in Apps & Games > Netflix
Taking notes from Line Of Duty’s interrogation scenes, the show takes place almost entirely inside a police interrogation room. The first series features Liar’s Katherine Kelly and Line Of Duty’s Lee Ingleby and Rochenda Sandall, as well as David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Youssef Kerkour. While three international versions are also available on Netflix (Criminal: France, Criminal: Spain and Criminal: Germany), there are only plans to continue the UK version for now.
When is Alibi’s Harrow on TV?
Harrow series 3 airs on Alibi/HD (CH 126/212) on Wednesdays at 9pm, with the first episode screening on April 14. It is also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Alibi.
The ten-part series will subsequently air every week until Wednesday 16 June.
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