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Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 20 2017

Prime Suspect: Tennison Deserves Prequel Time

It’s been years since we last saw Superintendent Jane Tennison with all her ugly, angry demons on display in Prime Suspect. Helen Mirren left us with an indelible impression of the character...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 17 2017

Grantchester 3.04: Episode Review

“Temptation is the source of all suffering,” Sidney Chambers (James Norton) tells his parishioners in his Sunday sermon. Well, if that’s true, the hunky vicar must be suffering...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 10 2017

Grantchester 3.03: Episode Review

There’s not much in the sleepy village of Grantchester that’s likely to set one’s pulse racing. Hearing a spirited debate about whether to have bingo in the church hall? Watching...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 3 2017

Grantchester 3.02: Episode Review

Nothing says cozy English country village quite like a cricket match on a summer afternoon. Men in white flannels cavorting on the green pitch. Women arranging cakes and sandwiches at the buffet....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 26 2017

Grantchester 3.01: Episode Review

You might recall that the former archdeacon in Grantchester left under a cloud of “embarrassment” last season. That’s the politest way to describe what occurred. Suffice it to...
CrimeHQ
June 20 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Masterpiece Mystery Series

  Don't see your favorite Masterpiece Mystery series? Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 19 2017

Grantchester 3.00: Christmas Special Episode Review

Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy … Grantchester has returned. And this episode, which aired in the U.K. last December, opens with a rehearsal for a Christmas pageant. Thus, the aforementioned...
CrimeHQ
December 12 2016

Trailer: Sherlock Series 4

It’s here. Nearly two years after the end of Series 3 and almost a full year after the standalone “The Abominable Bride” episode, BBC has finally released a trailer for Series...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 22 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.03 Series Finale: “What Lies Tangled” Episode Review

Youthful professor Adam Capstone, being all perky first thing in the a.m., glances out his office window to see a young woman cast a dubious look in his direction. Paying her little mind, he goes...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 15 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.02: “Magnum Opus” Episode Review

If the Morse-Lewis-Endeavour universe has taught us anything, it’s that there’s a never-ending supply of Oxford-related philosophers and scholars whose work can inspire murder mysteries....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 8 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.01: “One for Sorrow” Episode Review

Archaeological excavations are underway at Oxford, and the student diggers have unearthed something they probably didn’t expect to find: a dead body wrapped in recycling bags.  It’s...
CrimeHQ
July 25 2016

New Series 4 Sherlock Trailer Suggests a Darker Direction

The San Diego Comic Con looks like it’s all coming up Cumberbatch. Along with the release of a new Dr. Strange trailer, fans of BBC’s Sherlock were treated to a teaser trailer for...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 11 2016

Endeavour 3.04: “Coda” Episode Review

At the gangster’s funeral, police officers and journalists are tucked none too discreetly behind trees and tombstones—but not Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans). He’s off taking his...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 4 2016

Endeavour 3.03: “Prey” Episode Review

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” wafts through our speakers as the montage begins. A blond woman; a hedge maze; a dark-haired woman pushing a baby carriage; an au pair who seems suspiciously...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 27 2016

Endeavour: 3.02 “Arcadia” Review

An artist named Simon Hallward is sleeping peacefully in his flat when the clock strikes 5 a.m. and the place goes up in flames. Accidental or deliberate? You can guess what our friend Endeavour...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 20 2016

Endeavour 3.01: “Ride” Episode Review

When we last saw our hero Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) in Series 2, Episode 4, “Neverland,” things did not end well. His boss and mentor, D.I. Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), was...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 16 2016

Will We Dig The Tunnel?

In addition to the return of Endeavour on Masterpiece Mystery this week, PBS will air The Tunnel, a French-English co-production from 2013. If the initial episodes are any indication, this police...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 23 2016

Wallander 4.03: “The Troubled Man” Episode Review

Early morning. Håkan von Enke (Terrence Hardiman) begins his day as he always does, winding the Mora clock in the front hall of his beautiful historic home. Taking the same walk. Thinking...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 16 2016

Wallander 4.02: “A Lesson in Love” Episode Review

It’s dark, it’s foggy, and our man is buttoned into a pea coat and looking unsettled. In other words, Kurt Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) is back in Sweden where he belongs, and everything’s...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 9 2016

Wallander 4.01: “The White Lioness” Episode Review

The final series of Wallander on Masterpiece Mystery has an uncharacteristic start. For one thing, our Swedish detective friend Kurt Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) is in South Africa for some sort...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 2 2016

Grantchester 2.06: Episode Review

It’s the last episode of Series 2, and we’re still dealing with the fallout from Gary Bell killing Abigail Redmond in Episode 1. Gary was executed for Abigail’s murder, and...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 25 2016

Grantchester 2.05: Episode Review

Amanda (Morven Christie) has thrown herself into Sidney’s campaign to have Gary Bell released from prison. She’s calling in favors from her rich, influential friends. She’s meeting...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 18 2016

Grantchester 2.04: Episode Review

We’re back to the Gary Bell story from Episode 1, in which Gary is on trial for murder and Sidney plans to testify in Gary’s defense. “Tell the truth,” Sidney advises him....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 11 2016

Grantchester 2.03: Episode Review

Things between Sidney Chambers (James Norton) and Margaret Ward (Seline Hizli) have progressed to the point where they’re kissing in front of the parishioners. Has the Hunky Vicar taken a...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 4 2016

Grantchester 2.02: Episode Review

If your TV series is set anywhere in the vicinity of Cambridge in the 1950s, the story will eventually turn to Soviet spies. Real-life agents Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who were recruited...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
March 29 2016

Grantchester 2.01: Episode Review

The first words are “What the Dickens?” uttered by the curmudgeonly housekeeper Mrs. Maguire. Seconds later, Sidney Chambers (James Norton) strips down to swimming trunks, lest we’d...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 21 2015

Arthur & George: Part 3

From the start of Arthur & George, we’ve been bouncing back and forth between fact and fiction. The characters in the story were real people. The premise and circumstances are real as...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 14 2015

Arthur & George: Part 2

When we last saw our hero Arthur Conan Doyle (Martin Clunes), he and his faithful friend Alfred “Woodie” Wood (Charles Edwards) were chasing a hooded figure through the trees near the...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 10 2015

Voilà: Rowan Atkinson as Jules Maigret

To play a convincing Sherlock Holmes you need to be long and lean. To play a convincing Poirot you need to be... well... David Suchet. To play Georges Simenon’s great detective Jules Maigret,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 7 2015

Arthur & George: Part 1

It’s one thing for a writer of detective fiction to dream up cases for his sleuth to solve. It’s quite another for that writer to be called upon to solve a case of his own. Now...