We may be facing another burst of arctic weather but this weekend we have on British television a veritable cornucopia of crime fiction programs to keep us warm.
On Saturday 18 December at 9.00pm on BBC4 we have another episode of Wallander starring Rolf Lassgard. This is the two parter Firewall which is concluded at 10.00pm Monday 20 December.
Preceding this Swedish Wallander at 9.00pm is a program about the success of Nordic Noir, narrated by Mariella Frostrup [the presenter of The Book Show on Sky Arts 1].
On Sunday 26 December at 9.00pm there is another Rolf Lassgard Wallander, One Step Behind.
On Monday 27 December at 9.30pm a program on Italian Noir, and a repeated episode [from two years ago] of Inspector Montalbano program that I can recommend for among other things a brilliant portrayal of Catarella.
All these programs are on BBC4.
But not to be outdone ITV1 at 9.00pm on Sunday 19 December have the program 'David Suchet [the definitive Hercule Poirot] on the Orient Express'. This is a trailer for their 9.00pm Christmas Day production of David Suchet as Poirot in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
A lot to enjoy, and if you do want to talk to your relatives over the holiday period you can always record these programs to watch later.