drama

2802, 2017

Broadchurch returns and is saturated with issues of violent crime

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

From a criminological perspective, the first episode of the third series of ITV’s Broadchurch was absolutely saturated with contemporary issues, concerns and debates around violent crime.

Trish, the victim of a sexual assault, appears like a deer in the headlights as she […]

2811, 2016

BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

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by Morag Kennedy and Shona Robinson-Edwards, visiting lecturers in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The BBC One crime thriller The Missing has become more intriguing as the weeks go on.  Series two was set to be both intriguing and, at some points, unpredictable.  The disappearance and speculated return of Alice Webster has kept the audience […]

2109, 2016

Channel 4’s ‘National Treasure’ and the Silent Victims

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

New Channel 4 drama ‘National Treasure’ began last night, which follows the story of Paul Finchley, a much-loved and ageing comedian who finds his world shaken to its foundations after an accusation of rape that dates […]

1609, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

By |September 16th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

<by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As suggested last week, it was highly unlikely that Rob was going to be the killer, despite his apparent motivation to kill the “knife wielding drug addict” who murdered the young couple in the first episode, and the practical manner in which he assisted in […]

909, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

By |September 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

One of the more interesting themes from this week (Episode 3) was the juxtaposition between how the media reported and portrayed the young murdered couple to, as hinted at the end of the episode, the potentially darker reality behind why they were in fact killed. This brings […]

2408, 2016

New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

In recent years we’ve seen a few ‘whydunit’ dramas emerge, such as The Fall, when we know who the perpetrator is from the outset and spend the series trying to figure out what drives them to […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

710, 2015

Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

By |October 7th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

by Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

I have, for the past weeks, watched Dr Foster with varying emotional reactions ranging from disbelief and horror that so called ‘friends’ can betray someone without remorse (until they got found out) to screaming at the TV in anger and frustration that Dr […]

107, 2015

Booing and heckling at the Royal Opera House

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Danièle Sanderson, deputy head of Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University.

The opening night of William Tell at the Royal Opera House on Monday received boos and heckling after Italian director Damiano Michieletto staged a rape scene with nudity. How should playwrights address hard-hitting and sensitive issues without offending audiences? Birmingham School of Acting’s Danièle […]

1106, 2015

Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

By |June 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Last night I watched the first episode of Jordskott on ITV Encore with interest. The 10 part series is the latest incarnation of Nordic Noir, following the considerable success of its predecessors which include Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge. Lengthy serialised crime dramas have become […]