Absentia (Channel TBA)

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Absentia (Channel TBA) – Premiere TBA

A thriller where six years after suspected serial killer Conrad Harlow was convicted for the abduction and murder of FBI agent Emily Byrne, a body is found with the hallmarks of the killings he was suspected of.

As the case is being looked into, Emilys husband Nick is called by Harlow where he reveals that Emily is still alive and that he has 60 minutes to save her. After her rescue, Harlow is released before he can go on a retrial for abduction, while Emily, having no real recollection of the past six years she’s been held captive for, struggles to help the FBI in identifying the captor that was with during that time.

Then during a filmed session with a psychiatrist, Nick notices that one of Emilys recollections links to a sex trafficking case she worked on, leading the case to take on a wee bit of a twist.

The show is definitely one of the better opening eps of the year, where it goes along at a decent pace and keeps the dark atmospheric going throughout. It’s well worth a watch.

7.5/10

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC)

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC) – Premieres 26th September 

A Law & Order take on American Crime Story this is a dramatised version of events of the Menendez Murders. Where after discovering their parents killed upon returning home, the two brothers Lyle and Erik behaviour begins to arouse suspicions with the police that they may have committed the crime.

As it goes through the first ep, the story drops in a few flashbacks to bring you up to speed about the family as well as introducing the characters that will involved later on, though while it does this it never really grabs your interest like you’re expecting it should do.

5.0/10

The Disappearance of Maura Murray (Oxygen)

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The Disappearance of Maura Murray (Oxygen) – Premieres 23rd September 

Following reporter Maggie Freleng this is a docu-series that looks into the disappearance of UMass student Maura Murray, who after clearing out her bank account drove to New Hampshire and after crashing her car wasn’t seen since.

As she tries to find out what happened, Maggie teams up with a private detective where they go over the events of the case hoping to find new leads. Together they interview family members, friends and folks who have been working on the case for years, to try and figure out exactly what went on.

While it follows the same format as The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, this doesn’t come across as interesting to watch.

5.1/10

Bad Blood (City)

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Bad Blood (City) – Premieres 21st September 

Mafia drama that’s based on the true story of Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto. Set in 2006, ten years after uniting the rival gangs in the area to create a drug distribution ring, the FBI are hunting down Vito for a murder he committed in 1981 while a rival group from New York are trying to break up Vitos syndicate.

As this is going on Vito puts into place the plan to legitimise his businesses and leave his son as the face to the soon-to-be legal empire. This goes awry when Vito is arrested, leaving a vacancy that his son places himself into leaving Vitos second-in-command a wee bit miffed.

As mob dramas go it sort of has a Sons of Anarchy feel to it all with the acting and dialogue, and while it goes along at a decent pace it doesn’t really do too much to make you want to keep watching.

4.4/10

American Vandal (Netflix)

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American Vandal (Netflix) – Premieres 15th September 

Mockumentary where after being found guilty by the school board of drawing knobs on 27 of the teachers cars, Dylan Maxwell is expelled but continues claim he’s innocent.

This leads student to Peter Maldonado and his friend Sam to create a documentary to look into the crime and find out if Dylan is innocent, and if he is, who was really behind the cock drawings.

As a parody of shows like Making A Murderer, it captures the presentation to a tee while still managing to drop some decent comedy bits without it ever dropping out of character. It’s a surprisingly good bit of TV.

6.5/10

The Confession Tapes (Netflix)

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The Confession Tapes (Netflix) – Premieres 8th September 

A docu-series that looks into various criminal cases where the convictions have been based on apparent forced confessions.

In the episode the show recaps the sequence of events that led to the crime, then with interviews with police officers, members of the defence and their family and friends goes through what happened during the time leading to the conviction.

Along with the interviews, the programme shows the actual police interview tapes as well as archive recording of those suspects involved. Where they recount how they ended up admitting guilt to crimes they said they were innocent to.

As a crime docu-series it’s a bit like a condensed version of shows like Making A Murderer, and worth a watch if you’re into that sort of thing.

6.3/10

The New Age of Terror (History)

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The New Age of Terror (History) – Premieres 20th August – Miniseries

Two part documentary that looks into how modern terrorism groups formed and evolved since the 9/11 attack. In it the show has interviews from former military types, historians and local experts as they explain how the War on Terrorism has effected the approaches of the various groups and in some ways escalated their rise.

As a documentary a lot of its subject matter it shows has already been covered and explained in similar documentaries, and recovering of this makes it a grind to get through.

3.7/10