TV and Film

Though this blog was initially intended to only discuss mystery novels, I have found myself occasionally sharing thoughts on mystery television and films.

This page is intended to collect and organize that content to make it easier to find. In some cases I have created video content discussing a work.

Busted! (TV)
범인은 바로 너 (Korean)
Variety TV show with a mystery theme.
Read my review here (Seasons one and two)

A Canine Sherlock (Short)
This very early comic short parodies the great detective idea by having the case solved by his dog.
Holmes on Film: Sherlock Holmes Baffled & A Canine Sherlock

Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV)
British television series starring Boris Karloff based on short stories by John Dickson Carr.
Read the review here

Columbo (TV)
Long-running detective television show starring Peter Falk. The twist was that the viewer knew the killer from the start making this one of the best-known examples of the inverted mystery structure.
TV Movie – Prescription: Murder, TV Pilot – Ransom for a Dead Man
S01E01: Murder by the Book, S01E02: Death Lends a Hand, S01E03: Dead Weight, S01E04: Suitable for Framing, S01E05: Lady in Waiting, S01E06: Short Fuse, S01E07: Blueprint for Murder
S02E01 Étude in Black, S02E02: Greenhouse Jungle, S02E03: The Most Crucial Game, S02E04: Dagger of the Mind, S02E05: Requiem for a Falling Star, S02E06: A Stitch in Crime, S02E07: The Most Dangerous Match, S02E08: Double Shock
S03E01: Lovely but Lethal, S03E02: Any Old Port in a Storm, S03E03: Candidate for Crime, S03E04: Double Exposure, S03E05: Publish or Perish, S03E06: Mind Over Mayhem, S03E07: Swan Song, S03E08: A Friend in Deed
S04E01: An Exercise in Fatality, S04E02: Negative Reaction, S04E03: By Dawn’s Early Light

Confession of Murder (Movie)
내가 살인범이다 (Korean)
Thriller in which a man confesses to a series of murders after the statute of limitations expires in a best-selling book.
Read the review here

Death in Paradise (TV)
British mystery series set on a fictional Caribbean island with strong comedy elements and a focus on impossible crimes.
Series One
Series Two
Series Three
Series Four

Devil in a Blue Dress (Movie)
Film adaptation of the first Easy Rawlins novel by Walter Mosley.
Devil in a Blue Dress

The Great Mouse Detective (Movie)
Children’s animated film based on the Basil of Baker Street novels by Eve Titus.
Why I Love The Great Mouse Detective (Video)

Holmes & Watson (Movie)
Probably the second-funniest movie parody of Sherlock Holmes of 2018.
Holmes on Film: Holmes & Watson

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Movie)
The 1959 film adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes novel starring Peter Cushing.
Read the review here

How to Steal a Million (Movie)
Romantic heist film starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole.
Why I Love How to Steal a Million (Video)

The InBESTigators (TV)
A children’s TV show about a group of children who form a detective agency at school.
My thoughts

Jonathan Creek (TV)
A much-loved impossible crimes television series starring Alan Davies as an illusionist’s assistant.
S01E01: The Wrestler’s Tomb, S01E02: Jack in the Box, S01E03: The Reconstituted Corpse, S01E04: No Trace of Tracy, S01E05: The House of Monkeys
S02E01: Danse Macabre, S02E02: Time Waits for Norman, S02E03: The Scented Room, S02E04&05: The Problems at Gallows Gate, S02E06: Mother Redcap
1998 Christmas Special: Black Canary
S03E01: The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish, S03E02: The Eyes of Tiresias, S03E03: The Omega Man, S03E04: Ghost’s Forge, S03E05: Miracle in Crooked Lane, S03E06: The Three Gamblers
2001 Special: Satan’s Chimney
S04E01: The Coonskin Cap, S04E02: Angel Hair, S04E03: The Tailor’s Dummy, S04E04: The Seer of the Sands, S04E05: The Chequered Box, S04E06: Gorgons Wood
2009 Special: The Grinning Man
2010 Special: The Judas Tree
2013 Special: The Clue of the Savant’s Thumb
S05E01: The Letters of Septimus Noone, S05E02: The Sinner and the Sandman, S05E03: The Curse of the Bronze Lamp
2016 Special: Daemons’ Roost

Luther (TV)
A mystery series starring Idris Elba that is told using an inverted crime structure.
Series One

Murder by Decree (Movie)
Christopher Plummer and James Mason star as Holmes and Watson in this 1979 film in which the Great Detective tries to solve the Ripper murders.
Read the review here

Memories of Murder (Movie)
살인의 추억 (Korean)
Procedural film based on a then-unsolved series of murders committed in the late 1980s in rural Korea.
Why I Love… Memories of Murder (Video)

Murder on the Orient Express (Movie)
Adaptation of the classic Poirot adventure starring Kenneth Branagh and an all-star cast.
Reflections on viewing the film here

My Fellow Citizens! (TV)
국민 여러분! (Korean)
Heist television show with romantic comedy elements broadcast in 2019.
Read the review here

Niagara (Movie)
A 1953 Technicolor noir starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten.
Read the review here

Nightcap (Movie)
Merci Pour le Chocolat (French)
An adaptation of Charlotte Armstrong’s thriller The Chocolate Cobweb.
Read the review here

Sergeant Cribb (TV)
Adaptations of Peter Lovesey’s historical mystery stories set in Victorian England.
Wobble to Death

Sherlock Holmes 1965-1968 (TV)
Adaptations of the Conan Doyle stories starring Peter Cushing.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

Sherlock Holmes 1984-1994 (TV)
Faithful British television adaptations starring Jeremy Brett.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

Sherlock Holmes Baffled (Short)
This very short novelty trick film was the earliest known appearance of the character on film.
Holmes on Film: Sherlock Holmes Baffled & A Canine Sherlock

Sherlock Hound (TV)
Italian-Japanese animation with anthropomorphized dogs and science fantasy elements from the 1980s very loosely inspired by the Conan Doyle stories.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

The Third Man (Movie)
Film noir thriller starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles.
Why I love The Third Man (Video)