According to Ms Vasiliki Kravvariti, Psychology Lecturer at De Montfort University Leicester, our fascination with crime is related to our fear of crime. “Humans are naturally curious beings, and we’re particularly interested in lives completely removed from our own,” she revealed. “Crime dramas help us to understand the dark side of our nature from a safe distance. We tend to enjoy the mystery that drives an investigation and the feeling of justice being done.” Sound familiar? Mmm.
From The Confession and The Capture, to Criminal and Unbelievable, there’s no denying the most gripping shows on telly are of the true crime genre. And yet, when every episode draws to a close, we’re left sweating under the sheets and obsessively checking we locked the door in fear of fictional intruders. So why do we continuously sign up to sleepless nights?
She added: “We’ve evolved to pay attention to things that could harm us so that we can better avoid them. We want some insight into the psychology of an offender, partly so we can learn how to protect our families and ourselves.”
Women are predominantly driving the growth of crime dramas. “Statistically, women are much more likely to become a victim of a violent crime versus men,” said the psychology lecturer. By getting tips on how to increase their chances of survival, she believes women feel better equipped to handle any potentially dangerous situations. “By learning more about the different crimes, how they happened, and what allowed the crime to occur, people feel more secure and prepared for the future.”
It is also possible that the growth of women in leading roles is attracting more female viewers with more women than men signing up to Scotland Yard’s fast track scheme, despite only making up a third of normal applications.
Well, if that’s not an excuse to head home and ingest all six series of Line of Duty for the 100th time, we don’t know what is. Here’s our pick of al the best crime dramas on TV now. See ya on the flip side.