The Night Of, a curiously named eight-part series based on the BBC’s Criminal Justice series, is getting good reviews over in the US. It’s being broadcast on HBO – so there’s a stamp of quality, right there – and it’s coming over to the UK in September, via Sky Atlantic. Let’s take a look…
I know I’ve already posted something about Stranger Things today, but it’s being talked about and there are a lot of fans out there, so here’s another post. Netflix sent out an email telling journos about a new online featurette, focusing on Winona Ryder’s character Joyce Byers, mother of the missing boy in Hawkins Indiana in 1983. In this little film, Ryder (in her first ever TV role) describes what it was like to return to the 80’s – the era her career began – and portray a time where life was seemingly less complicated… until a boy vanishes into thin air. Take a watch after the jump.
Paul Abbott’s award-winning cop show, No Offence, is about to start filming its second series, and the show has hired a director who has gained critical acclaim for a show that has also appeared on Channel 4. The fifth episode of the seven-part series two is to be directed by Deutschland 83’s Samira Radsi – her first British drama project.
Hands up who are currently engrossed in Netflix’s latest must-watch series, Stranger Things? Yes, me too. I’m two episodes in and I’m enjoying it greatly. One of the reasons I’m enjoying is because, as a child of the 1980s, it feels like a pitch-perfect mash-up of everything I loved about mainstream movies back then, right down to the explicit references from the likes of ET, The Goonies, 80s-era Stephen King and John Carpenter, all the way to its fabulous artwork, titles and soundtrack. It’s the most talked-about show on TV at the moment (bar Channel 4’s naked dating show Naked Attraction, which is a crime for different reasons), and even though it has a big supernatural element, it is a crime drama – it comes complete with a weather-beaten, tormented cop, a missing child and a group of pesky, investigating children. And now we have news about series two.
Regular readers of this site will probably know by now that I’m excited by the return of Twin Peaks next year. It has had a rocky road to completion but with everything in place the only thing we’re waiting for now is information on when it’ll be played out, and in how many series it will be split up into. Over the weekend the Comic-Con in San Diego took place, where the great and the good of the movie, gaming and TV industry got together to show off their wares, and while David Lynch and other Twin Peaks acolytes weren’t in attendance, one of the stars was, and he let slip some crucial information.
I woke up this morning after last night’s second episode of The Secret Agent to news of more shootings and suicide bombs, in Florida and Germany respectively. It’s a hard, awful world we’re living in at the moment, and The Secret Agent, although set a hundred years ago, has themes and arguments that are extremely topical. Joseph Conrad probably didn’t foresee a world where a novel he wrote would have huge relevance 109 years later.
It’s very much as you were in crime drama land this week, with lots of continuing series. New US procedural, Rosewood, starts on Alibi, though, so at least that’s something new. And there’s also a rare chance to see the very first episode of doughty Jessica Fletcher classic, Murder, She Wrote.