‘Christmas is a time for goodwill to all men, Prosecco, chocolate and, most importantly, unmissable Christmas TV…’
This is the pick of the criminal bunch for the holidays this year:
I’m not being overly dramatic when I say that I CAN’T WAIT for Season 5. I’m literally counting down the days until January 1st.
I’ve spent the past few weeks rewatching the first 4 seasons so that it’s all completely fresh in my mind
Unfortunately, in my quest for freshness, I forgot about the whole ‘Ripley murder’ thing and ended up in having to re-live the trauma. I miss you, Justin. *sobs*. Alice had better come back, or I’ll be so pissed.
When / From 1st Jan at 9pm on BBC1
The ABC Murders
There’s nothing better to brighten up a cold Boxing Day than a few murders. Particularity when these murders are from the mind of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie.
For 3 nights (yaaas!), Rupert Grint and the amazing Jon Malkovich will bless our screens to relay the grisly tale of a serial killer who’s travelling the UK by train and leaving dead people in his wake.
Fear not, my friends, for Poirot shall emerge victorious. Obviously.
When / 26th-28th Dec at 9pm on BBC1
The Dead Room
The legend that is Simon Callow stars in this festive ghost story, courtesy of Sherlock writer and star, Mark Gatiss.
Callow plays a DJ who finds that he might not be quite as alone as he thinks in his creepy AF radio studio. Well, it is called ‘The Dead Room’, so you can’t really expect anything else, can you?
When / 24th Dec at 10pm on BBC4
The Innocent Man
John Grisham’s only factual crime novel, ‘The Innocent Man: Murder and Justice in a Small Town’, about the murders of two people in Ada, Oklahoma in the 1980s, has been serialised just in time for Christmas.
The series is split into six episodes, but you can stream it all in one sitting, because that’s the joy of Netflix, my friends. The story will horrify you, so make sure you’ve got a large drink in hand when you’re watching.
When / Available now
You tells the creepy AF story of a highly intelligent bookstore manager who takes up a bit of cyberstalking. As you do.
The target of his affections is an aspiring writer and, as his obsessions turn sinister, he uses every means to learn as much about his ‘crush’ as possible. Unfortunately, as these things tend to go, he soon finds he’s unable to stop himself from taking out anyone who stands between him and his love. Lock down your Facebook, guys….
The series is in ten parts and has already been causing a fuss in the US. Penn Badgley manages to look creepy AF, and the trailers are very dark. Roll on Boxing Day.
When / December 26th, Netflix
What are you tuning into over the holidays this year?