We Recommend: Above Suspicion - Silent Scream
We watch a lot of detective drama in my house, thanks to a father with a wasted analytical brain and a memory span that means he forgets the ending three days after he first watched it. I like to think that the amount of detective shows I watch means that I’m a bit of a connoisseur. I know when ones are quite a lot better than the rest, anyway.
Above Suspicion, an adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s novels, was one of the ones that stood out for being particularly good. I missed the first series but the second, The Red Dahlia, was utterly fantastic. Gripping, clever, funny, puzzling and downright gruesome, it was one of the best things I think I’ve ever seen on TV.
I eagerly anticipated the third series, Deadly Intent, and was let down. Above Suspicion has a lot going for it but relies on a lot of clichés (the main character is an inexperienced female DC who makes a lot of mistakes, such as sleeping with a journalist who later steals her notes for an article) and some slightly uncomfortable things that we’re supposed to accept as normal (the strange, almost father-daughter relationship between the main character and her DCI that occasionally turns into very icky sex) and without the strong plot of The Red Dahlia to carry it, it lost its way a little bit.
But The Red Dahlia was good enough that I am more than willing to give it another go and recommend that you check it out too. The fourth series, Silent Scream, is about a young film star who is brutally murdered and will consist of three episode, each lasting 60 minutes.
The two leads are fantastic, some of the best British actors we have today. DC Anna Travis is played by Kelly Reilly, who has most recently been acting opposite Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in the Sherlock Holmes films, with her DCI James Langton played by Ciarán Hinds of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (he was Abeforth) and Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy fame. It's also got Rose Tyler's dad from Doctor Who in it, which is always nice.
It starts tonight, on ITV at 9:00pm. You can see some interviews and learn a bit more about the show here.