British author Fiona Cummins’ debut novel, Rattle, is attracting quite a buzz in the lead up to its 26th January publication date. The novel itself had already received rave reviews, but it’s the television adaptation that we’re going to be concentrating on here. We’re always on the look-out for novels that have been optioned as TV series, but also understand that the process can be a long and painful one – and, sometimes, things that get signed up for development never see the light of day. On the other hand, Rattle looks as though it’s some way down the line and things look promising – especially now Archery Pictures has now assigned a screenwriting to get to work on an adaptation.
Even though the last episode we saw – The Last Day – pointed to Martin Beck’s retirement, rumours began to circulate that that episode wouldn’t mean the end of the titular Swedish copper. That last series saw the introduction of a new sidekick for Beck, which many agreed helped to breath new life into the show, even after the death of his much-loved predecessor Gunvald Larsson. It was potentially a new and exciting chapter in this solid procedural show, but the fact still remained – Beck was retiring, wasn’t he?
So who is Eurus? We may think we know the answer, but as this week’s episode delved into Sherlock’s murky childhood and even murkier psychology, we suspected that the truth will be even stranger than we had been led to imagine.
NB: Spoilers inside
After last week’s excellent (and dark) start to the series, I had no idea where Endeavour was going to go next. And that’s one of the beauties of something like Endeavour – each story is different, and the tone can sometimes be different, too. As long as Morse and Thursday are, well, Morse and Thursday, it doesn’t really matter where it goes. And this week it really did go somewhere else.
It’s been a relentlessly wet and miserable day here in London town, so it only seemed right not to leave the house, make myself some nice food and settle down to watch lots of TV. Yesterday, I watched the first three episodes of Walter Presents’ new Norwegian import, Acquitted, and I enjoyed it. It was a multi-layered tale of a hotshot businessman, based in Malaysia, called back to his hometown of Lifjorden in Norway to save a company that was the lifeblood of the town. Nothing too dramatic about that, you might think, but there were big-old wrinkles to this story: Aksel Borgen was going back to a hometown he hadn’t visited for 20 years, since he was acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend, Karine. The CEO of the company he had been asked to save? His deceased girlfriend’s mother, who still thinks he’s guilty of the crime.
NB: This has spoilers in it, so if you haven’t seen it yet please don’t read
This 10-part Norwegian crime drama – currently playing out on Walter Presents – gives us an interesting proposition: a hotshot financial whizz returns to his hometown of Lifjorden in Norway to help out a bankrupt solar energy company. There’s one small catch: the man, called Aksel Borgen (Nicolai Cleve Broch), was acquitted of the murder of his then-girlfriend Karine 20 years ago, and left town, making a success of his life Kuala Lumpur, marrying and having a child. But here he is, back in Lifjorden for the first time since he spent a year in jail, and naturally, not everyone is pleased to see him back. Not everyone believes he was innocent.
NB: Because this is on a streaming service, not everyone will have seen this. Please be aware there are plenty of spoilers inside.
It’s very much as you were this week, with the exception of a brand-new series in the vacated Sherlock slot – a four-part adaptation of Louise Doughty’s psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard, starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin. It’s worth a watch. Elsewhere, if you’re a Silent Witness fan it’s worth noting that, because of the football, the second part of this week’s story is now on Wednesday night.