The Netflix crime dramas keep on coming. We’re looking forward to German series, Dark, on 1st December, and now the streaming behemoth has announced that a new Canadian crime drama will also premiere in December.
Nic Pizzolatto’s third instalment of True Detective may well hit our screens at the back end of next year. We already know what Oscar-winning actor, Mahershala Ali, in this new series, and now news reaches us that a British actress has been added to the cast. Read on for more.
Apologies for the delay in posting this (been busy innit), but Babylon Berlin deserves a review – its sensuous realisations of Weimer Republic-era Berlin are one thing, but there’s an interesting story bubbling away here, too. Detective Goreon Rath has been our main focus, as has his continuing investigation into a blackmail plot involving a high-ranking mayoral candidate from his hometown of Cologne, but there are other characters that have been worth keeping an eye on – the super-ambitious Lotte Ritter, who channels the period’s carefree, have-a-go attitude; and Alexei Kardakov, a Russian counter-revolutionary, who’s leading a plot to bring Trotsky back to Russia and overthrow Lenin (good luck with that one). So there’s plenty going on, and there’s still plenty to like.
One of the more unheralded British crime dramas is The Tunnel, the Anglo/French series made by Sky and Canal +. It was originally meant to be a British/French version of The Bridge, replacing the Øresund Bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden with the Channel Tunnel, and the socially-challenged Saga Norén with Clémence Poésy’s Elise Wassermann and Kim Bodnia’s rambunctiously flawed Martin Rohde with Stephen Dillane’s Karl Roebuck. After series one, it went off on its own tangent and let Poésy and Dillane really grow into their characters, and now it’s back for a third and final eight-part series. Read on for more.
With the eagerly-awaited Witnesses 2 starting on BBC Four this weekend, and series six of Spiral waiting in the wings, French crime drama is having a good time of things at the moment. And now we have another one, thanks to Channel 4 and its streaming affiliate, Walter Presents. Vanished By The Lake is coming to us next month.
BBC One’s hit daytime drama series Father Brown is set to return this December, for its sixth series, and opens with a Christmas Special before the series continues in January. Returning alongside Father Brown (Mark Williams) are his faithful parish secretary Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), wayward socialite Bunty Windermere (Emer Kenny) and long-suffering Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam).
We’re in for a treat next week when series two of French crime drama, Witnesses, starts next week on BBC Four. Marie Dompnier is joined by Audrey Fleurot. Elsewhere, there’s a new Mexican thriller on Walter Presents, and series four of New Zealand crime drama, The Brokenwood Mysteries, starts on Drama. Enjoy!