Screen Babble is your essential guide to everything on television, from the mainstream to the marginal. NationalWorld’s podcast producer Kelly Crichton, news and trends expert Steven Ross, and critic Alex Moreland discuss what is – and what isn’t – worth watching. This week, we’re also joined by Digital Journalist Heather Carrick, who joins us for a chat about Love Island.
As ever, we begin by discussing what we’ve been watching recently. Alex started Luther for the first time, before taking a detour to re-watch Sherlock in sync – how do the biggest BBC One crime dramas of the 2010s compare? Meanwhile, Steven has picked up Black Mirror again, particularly enjoying the Series 4 episodes Metalhead and Black Museum, and Kelly checked out The Gold and The BRITs.
Next, Alex takes a closer look at Better. The new BBC One crime drama stars Leila Farzad and Andrew Buchan as a corrupt police officer and a local drugs baron, now close friends after 20 years as accomplices – a friendship threatened when one has a sudden change of heart. Does the series have anything new to say about redemption? Can it hold a candle to Happy Valley? And is a good ending worth sitting through a dull opening?
After that, Steven takes us back to 2015, recommending David Fincher’s crime drama/psychological thriller Mindhunter. What sets Mindhunter apart from other true crime drama? Why wasn’t there ever a third series? And is it worth watching?
Finally, special guest Heather brings us up to speed on this year’s Love Island. How has Casa Amor changed the playing field? Which couples will stay together, and which are about to implode? And where is the ITV reality series going to go from here?
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Steven’s Weekend Watch Mini-Babble, previewing all the best TV to watch over the next few days.
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