Elementary’s back tonight for UK viewers: one of the best US network procedurals around just now, with a Cumberbatch-equalling performance from Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes. The show really hit the heights in the first half of the last season with the Kitty arc, and I’m not sure whether it’ll ever match that. Mind you, there’s an excellent reason to watch this time round as well, with the news that John Noble – a terrific actor – has been cast as Sherlock’s father. I won’t be reviewing this season, not to start with anyway, but I’ll definitely be watching (tonight, Sky Living, 9pm).
Saturday, meantime, sees the return of Scandi-drama The Bridge (Bron/Broen) for its third season. I thought season 2 was significantly better than the first, but in my view the success of both was attributable in large measure to Kim Bodnia’s performance as Martin, the cop everyman grounding Sofie Helin’s Saga in something approaching reality. Bodnia, though, won’t be appearing this season, and for me that’s potentially a problem. Whether it’s a fatal one we’ll find out soon. Weekly reviews again, even though the BBC is persevering with the asinine double-bills (Saturday 21 November, BBC4, 9pm).
And two streamers: Amazon Prime has The Man In The High Castle, an adaptation (and apparently a loose one) of Philip K Dick’s counterfactual novel set in an America under German and Japanese rule, they having won World War 2. And Netflix has Jessica Jones, yet another live-action adaptation of a comic. Both are available tomorrow.