For the next month this space will feature The Best of the BBC as selected by Terry at the Rondo Community Outreach Library. Enjoy!
The body of an 11 year-old is found on the beach of the picturesque coastal town of Broadchurch. A new Detective Inspector (Alec Hardy) is on the case, bringing along his own insecurities and doubts. Several town folk are investigated and suspected as their deep, bleak secrets are revealed. Can Detective Inspector Hardy solve the case before town is torn apart?
Set in New York City in the 1860's, a young and determined Irish police detective (Kevin Corcoran) struggles to maintain law and order of an unruly, perilous immigrant neighborhood. He is also faced with struggling to tame the wartime metropolis while wrestling with personal demons, including the betrayal of his wife and his daughter's murder.
A riveting new twist on the "Ripper" murders which takes place on the East End (Whitechapel) of London, six months after the gruesome killings. Tormented by the failure to catch Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid now heads up the notorious H Division, which must keep order, solving crimes to keep hysteria extinguished.
A psychological thriller that takes place in northern Ireland with a string of Belfast murders the police just can't solve. Metropolitan Police is contacted for help, which arrives Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson, whose character is an expert in serial killings. The criminal (serial killer) is played superbly by British actor Jamie Dornan who works as a bereavement counsellor and has a wife and two children that are oblivious to his activities.
Produced by BBC for Starz, this miniseries is based on the novels of Philippa Gregory (The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter). Set in the year 1464, war is mounting over who is the rightful King of England. Three powerful women (Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville) are at each other's throats competing for the crown. Themes of love and lust, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder spill out as these relentless women will stop at nothing to claim what is theirs.
A pregnant 12 year-old girl who is reluctant to reveal who the father is goes missing in the woods of New Zealand. Detective Robin Griffin is on the case, returning to her hometown and uncovering shocking secrets while coming to grips with her own violent and painful past.
The miniseries was filmed in the mountains of southern New Zealand, and the vertiginous landscape provides some visual drama despite the arbitrary shocks and glum of the story.