The TV Guide

It’s a crime to miss these shows


These letters are in response to an editorial by Julie Eley asking for readers’ favourite crime shows. After a random draw, K. McKenzie wins the six-month TV Guide subscripti­on.

In response to the editor’s letter regarding favourite crime shows, mine is Absentia seasons one to three that has screened on Sky but is also available on DVD. Starring Castle’s Stana Katic as an FBI agent who was missing for six years, presumed dead, only to resurface and have to face a very different life to the one she left behind. It boasts an internatio­nal cast and was filmed in Europe. You can watch it over and over and pick up new clues. Stana Katic is a powerhouse.

K McKenzie (Masterton)

My favourite crime drama series is Vera on the Vibe channel. Brenda Blethyn, who plays Vera, is brilliant, as DCI Vera Stanhope. I love her mannerisms, e.g. when looking for someone “Have you seen him, pet?” (“pet” is a typical North East England expression). I love her accent as a North East England detective, how she works with her great team on various cases, the lovely battered old hat she always wears, her father’s old Land Rover she drives, and how she climbs into it, seeing the beautiful rugged countrysid­e of Northumber­land, where the series is filmed, and numerous other things about the programme. I just love everything about this programme and have watched it for years.

Jean Richardson (Christchur­ch)

I agree with Julie Eley. I’m a huge fan of Line Of Duty. I was very surprised to see it on TVNZ 1 after watching it on Sky – but I’m not complainin­g. I don’t think it is quite as good as past seasons, but it’s still a lot better than the other crime shows out there.

P Phillips (Timaru)

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Brenda Blethyn as Vera

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