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crime tv series with strong female lead?

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mummmsy Tue 30-Oct-12 22:14:10

done the wire, breaking bad, doing homeland, don't like dexter or lost

looking for a new 'just-one-more-episode' (pref crime) tv series, with a strong female character??

not asking much am i? grin

mummmsy Tue 30-Oct-12 22:14:32

oh, not fussed on the likes of Mad Men either...

scarevola Tue 30-Oct-12 22:16:49

Miss Marple, Prime Suspect, Hetty Wainthrope, Rosemary and Thyme?

And though not sole female lead, try the adaptations of the Harriet Vane ones of the DL Sayers Lord Peter mysteries.

MadCap Tue 30-Oct-12 22:17:36

Forbrydelson (sp?) if you can deal with subtitles. The third series starts soon on the BBC. It is brilliant and the lead Sara Lund is excellent. It has been redone by AMC in English, but I don't know if it is as good.

AWomanCalledHorse Tue 30-Oct-12 22:29:37

Fringe? It's a sci-fi thing & the female lead is really irritating but aside from that it's quite good (and it's got Lance Reddick in it, the Lt. in the Wire).

Veronica Mars not something I liked but so many people I know rant about how great it was.

Damages but if you don't like Glenn Close it won't be your thing.

Deadwood the woman who plays Calamity Jane is fab, plus Timothy Olyphant is fit, got lots of swearing, nakedness & violence.

germyrabbit Tue 30-Oct-12 22:30:15

juliet bravo

Pancakeflipper Tue 30-Oct-12 22:31:37

Wire in the Blood

TheDeathAndGories Tue 30-Oct-12 22:32:41

Bones is I would say
Equal anyway

GoOooooooooonatic Tue 30-Oct-12 22:33:03

Are you watching Hunted? It is vairy good, on BBC1 so you can iplayer it.

TheDeathAndGories Tue 30-Oct-12 22:33:10

Hmm sorry saw the one more episode thing

MacAndCheese Tue 30-Oct-12 22:33:14

Castle?

Body of Proof?

FloresCircumdati Tue 30-Oct-12 22:33:16

Bones
Silent Witness
Girl with the Dragon tattoo series of films (violent, but great story.)
Medium (a bit odd, but great if not taken too seriously)

Old ones:
Cagney & Lacey
Juliet Bravo (yawn)
Silent Witness with Amanda Burton

ProPerformer Tue 30-Oct-12 22:34:03

I Second Wire In The Blood! I first got it just because Simone Lahbib was in the later series but love every episode!!

Piffpaffpoff Tue 30-Oct-12 22:34:19

The Bridge

cocolepew Tue 30-Oct-12 22:34:50

Prime Suspect USA was excellent, I'm gutted it was cancelled.

coppertop Tue 30-Oct-12 22:37:33

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - a m/f partnership but the female character is the senior detective.

mummmsy Tue 30-Oct-12 22:38:20

oooohh some great suggestions!

AWomanCalledHorse Tue 30-Oct-12 22:39:36

Got another;
Southland it's brilliant (has been cancelled & recommissioned a billion times), Regina King is a fantastic actress & it's gripping/funny/upsetting/one of the best hidden gems on tv.

MrsRigby Tue 30-Oct-12 22:41:04

The Bridge - Swedish and Danish crime drama with English subtitles.

The best thing the BBC have had on TV in a long time. I really hope they get another series comissioned.

You have to watch it.

Shoshe Tue 30-Oct-12 22:47:51

Rissoli and Isles

mummmsy Tue 30-Oct-12 22:48:15

oh, now i don't know what to pick!

BittenInfectedCorpseDodger Tue 30-Oct-12 22:53:42

The Killing - the original Danish version. Absolutely brilliant.

Second The Bridge.

tribpot Tue 30-Oct-12 22:58:59

I second Rizzoli and Isles - two kick arse female leads, fantastic. Also Bones of course.

Loved the Bridge, provided you could cope with even more bleak Scando-drama than Wallander. I have to say, life in Southern Sweden really is nothing like these shows at all - thank god! Although the lack of decent chocolate used to be a major problem.

Castle - fantastic female lead and Nathan Fillion is not exactly hard to watch.

Unforgettable - cancelled after one series so may be fairly cheap to rent.

deadhedgehogpatronus Tue 30-Oct-12 23:01:48

Another rec for Wire in the Blood, especially the Simone Lahbib episodes wink for ProPerformer

Also Prime Suspect, Silent Witness (older ones best but Amanda Burton does do my head in a bit)

Also yes to Criminal Intent L&O, the female character is pretty ballsy.

What about The Closer? I haven't seen much of it myself but a few friends who usually have excellent taste have always highly recommended it, and it's a female lead.

Vera with Brenda Blethyn was good too, although I've only seen the first one.

Pancakeflipper Tue 30-Oct-12 23:04:20

I enjoyed Vera, slightly eccentric, intellectual female Inspector.

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