Good thrillers are coming to BBC1 in 2022

A gripping crime thriller on a cold night is as good as television, and BBC One is a master at delivering it – so what good crime thrillers are coming on the Beeb soon?

As much as we love football and tennis, which dominate television programs in the summer, many of us long for a top-class crime thriller that takes the place of Line of Duty, Baptiste or Luther.

Fear not, fans of crime fiction, BBC One lounging while we speak.

Here is ED! ‘S pick of great crime thrillers to hit BBC One in early 2022.

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Ridiculously handsome Jamie Dornan stars in The Tourist, a scary drama set in the Australian outback (Image: BBC One)

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The tourist

The tourist promises to throw us headlong into the Australian outback with Jamie Dornan – a YES from us!

The drama is about a British man known only as The Man, who is followed by a huge tank truck that tries to drive him off the road.

Tell him how he wakes up in the hospital without remembering who he is and a series of shadowy figures from his past who want to kill him.

But why? What did he do to get her attention? And what is he hiding?

The trick

The Trick is an upcoming BBC conspiracy thriller that tells the story of world famous Professor Philip Jones.

He is the director of climate research at the University of East Anglia, who was caught in the eye of an international media storm and a victim of cyber terrorism in 2009.

With time running out against an invisible enemy, The Trick examines the potentially devastating effects of climate change denial on humanity.

Jason Watkins, Victoria Hamilton, George MacKay and Jerome Flynn will all star in the BBC One thriller.

The seminal film will dramatize the true story of the 2009 “Climategate” affair.

This is to be broadcast in 2022.

Four lives, BBC One

Stephen Merchant transforms into the real-life serial killer Stephen Port in BBC One’s upcoming factual drama Four Lives.

The series tells the terrible case from the perspective of the families of the four victims of Stephen Port and their struggle for justice.

The police investigations were widely criticized at the time.

Sheridan Smith plays Sarah Sak, the mother of the 23-year-old victim Anthony Walgate.

Jaime Winstone also stars.

Stephen Port is a former chef who was born in Southend who raped and killed four men between 2014 and 2015.

He met his victims through dating and hook-up apps, and used drugs like GHB to calm them down.

We recently reported that Four Lives may be delayed.

COVID has postponed an investigation into the death of the four men.

The series can only be shown after the legal proceedings have been concluded.

Sheridan Smith in four lives
Sheridan Smith in Four Lives (Image: BBC One)

The English

Emily Blunt stars in the western-style revenge series The English.

She plays Cornelia Locke, who arrives in the new and wild landscape of the west to take revenge on the man she holds responsible for the death of her son.

That sounds like corker.

The filming of The English started in Spain.

Rafe Spall (The Salisbury Poisonings), Tom Hughes (Victoria) and Ciaran Hinds (The Woman in Black) are also associated with the project.

Screenwriter and director Hugo Blick describes the upcoming series as “an exciting, romantic, epic horse opera”.

Hugo previously wrote the Golden Globe-winning drama The Honorable Woman with Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role in 2014.

blue light

Blue Lights is an original police drama directed by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn, the writers of The Salisbury Poisonings.

It is the story of probationers working in what is now Belfast – a city where frontline cop work is uniquely stressful and dangerous.

As they learn the basics of their profession, our new officers face a constant threat.

In this often chaotic environment, our characters only have a few crucial months to make it as cops.

Blue Lights is inspired by police officers experience in Northern Ireland.

Authors Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn say, “Belfast is our hometown, and being able to write a show in the city that we know and love is one of the great privileges of our lives.

“It is a real pleasure to bring home a great BBC drama.”

The series is currently under development.


The fifth series of Strike is based on the book Troubled Blood, which was published in September 2020.

The crime drama follows the war veteran who became the private detective Cormoran Strike while he solves brutal murders with the help of his trusted assistant Robin Ellacott.

There are currently four series with Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott.

These include The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, and Lethal White.

The series is based on the books by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling).

Keep your fingers crossed that Strike: Troubled Blood is featured on TV every day.

Good thrillers BBC One
Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke in Strike (Image: BBC One)

Good thrillers BBC One: Better

Better is a gripping redemption story set in Leeds that “uses the cityscape and the surrounding countryside as the backdrop for an epic battle for the soul of a single woman.”

After a family tragedy was narrowly averted, a corrupt police detective experiences a painful moral awakening and decides to make amends for 20 years of wrongdoing …

But satisfying their newfound conscience will not be easy.

She slowly realizes that her salvation will only be complete if she defeats the powerful gangster she worked for all along, a man she helped rise to power and whom she loves like a brother .

The control room

The Control Room is a gripping new drama that tells the story of Gabe, a common man who works as an emergency operator for the Scottish Ambulance Service in Glasgow.

His world is turned upside down when he receives a desperate call for life and death from a woman who appears to know him.

With pressure to find out who she is, Gabe makes a decision that threatens to have devastating consequences.

Good thrillers BBC One
Maxine Peake will star in Rules of the Game on BBC One (Image Credit: Splash)

Good thrillers BBC One: Wolf

Wolf is based on Mo Hayder’s critically acclaimed Jack Caffery novels.

In a remote country house, a family falls victim to the cruel games of a terrifying psychopath.

Meanwhile, DI Jack Caffery is obsessively trying to find evidence to convict the neighbor he believes murdered his eight-year-old brother in the ’90s.

When these two narratives clash, it’s a race against time in this emotionally powerful, nerve-wracking, and deeply disturbing crime-thriller-horror mash-up.

Rules of the game

Rules of the Game is an exciting new four-part thriller about sexual politics in the modern workplace.

Maxine Peake plays Sam, a sober manager in a family business in the northwest.

When the new HR director Maya joins Fly, she tries to shake up old-fashioned lads’ culture and begins investigating historical cases of wrongdoing.

But Sam is reluctant to suggest any institutional bias against women – that was all in the past, and now that she is in charge, things are different.

However, when Sam comes to work one day to find a corpse in the office reception, she has to reckon not only with the gloomy behavior in the present, but also with murderous secrets from the past.

We will keep you updated on this BBC series in the coming months.

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