Writer-producer Jeff Pope has become the star of fact-based drama with shows such as Little Boy Blue and
The Moorside. Now he takes on the extraordinary true-crime tale of the gang of veteran robbers who raided London’s diamond district in April 2015. The heist has already been the subject of one indifferent movie, with another on the way, but Pope’s nearinfallibility in this genre – and stars including Timothy Spall and Kenneth Cranham – suggest this will be the ultimate version.
At this point, Black Mirror is a genre all of its own. There will be technology that goes wrong, there will be overwrought screaming, then there’ll be an unshiftable sense of sadness. The last series was a mixed bag, offering both instant classics such as San Junipero and slightly by-thenumbers fare such as Shut Up and Dance. The new run is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year, and, with an episode directed by Jodie Foster, its ambition remains unmatched.
Late autumn, Netflix