Since the fantastic Trapped, Iceland has been well worth keeping an eye on when it comes to crime drama, especially crime drama that comes from the Nordic countries. It seems everyone wants to get into the act and now Iceland has joined Denmark, Sweden and Norway as producers of fine drama (Finland is also looking to join the party too, with the intriguing Bordertown). Sure enough, news reaches us that Icelandic production company Sagafilm is in the process of adapting the Stella Blómkvist novels for a new TV series, and have commandeered a writer who worked on Trapped. Read on for more.
Steven Knight struck gold when he came up with the idea to base a family gangster saga in his native Birmingham at the dawn of the 20th century. He used the real-life Peaky Blinders gangs as his inspiration, and assembled a cast that included Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Sam Neill and, latterly, Tom Hardy and Paddy Considine. Now it’s returning for a third series, and we managed to get hold of an interview with Steven, which you can read after the jump.
Tomorrow night sees the return of Peaky Blinders, that fire and brimstone tale of Brummie-gangsters trying to scrap their way out of the early 20th century ghetto. Cillian Murphy grabs all of the headlines as head of the family Thomas Shelby, and the Irishman is back as he drags Shelbys kicking and screaming into the world of semi-legitimacy. We managed to get hold of an interview with Cillian, which you can read after the jump.
On a day where I read that one Mirror journalist frothed that Line Of Duty was as good as the Godfather trilogy and was the best TV drama from the past decade (woah there Tonto), and that US viewers can, from today, watch the show via Hulu, there was also news coming out of the BBC itself – the show may switch channels onto the corporation’s flagship channel.
Oh, the irony! Jim Gordon’s in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, that of Riddler’s patsy, while we know he should be in jail for a murder he did commit, that of Theo Galavan. One way or another, he’s in for a rough ride in Blackgate Prison.
Hannibal is one of our favourite crime dramas. Its gloriously trippy, nightmarish retelling of the Hannibal Lecter story, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy (among others), has, during its three series, pushed the boundaries of taste and credulity for US network dramas. Its charmed life seemed to come to an end last year when its home network, NBC, pulled the plug on the show, leaving fans aghast. But, just when you thought that Lecter and co were dead…
Apologies for the lateness, but this is a Bank Holiday weekend and all. Now then, I’ve discussed my feeling on Peaky Blinders before – we’ve never reviewed or covered it much on here before because I’ve never felt it was a true crime story – but I am going to cover it this time. I think. Anyway, series three starts up this week, which will delight many, and the likes of Hinterland and Marcella and the sneakily excellent The Secret continues.