Blimey, what a week for crime drama here in the UK. We’ve had new series of The Interceptor (review here), Hannibal (review here) and Jordskott (review here), and that was just Wednesday. Yesterday was Stonemouth, and tonight… it’s almost easy to forget that over on digital channel FOX there’s the second series of Murder In The First. From the mind of the great Steven Bocho, homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) are back with a second complex case to solve. This time, the pair face a perplexing mystery that threatens to drag them deep into the murky world of San Francisco’s criminal underbelly. There’s a trailer after the jump.
Last year the Nordicana festival played host to stars from Borgen, The Killing and Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia from The Bridge, then just before the series two finale was due to be screened on BBC4. There were also screenings from Scandinavian films and TV shows. It was a Scandi lover’s wet dream and this year, after relocating to the enormous Troxy theatre in east London, the likes of Sofie Gråbøl, Moa Gammel from Jordskott and stars from 1864 gathered to take the plaudits from fans of Scandinavian drama. The Bridge’s Sofia Helin was also there, just after wrapping for series three of The Bridge. Guest blogger Richard Fernandez was on hand for The Killing Times.
Stonemouth isn’t your usual crime drama, in so far that there aren’t any police procedural elements to it. Instead, and like the 1996 series, The Crow Road, Stonemouth is about a young man returning to his hometown and solving a mystery. The Crow Road was not only one of my favourite books, but also a series that brought it to life extremely well, at a time of my life that almost mirrored the likeable protagonist, Prentice McHoan. I related a lot to it. That series had plenty of charm, so I was looking forward to this two-parter, not least because The Crow Road was written by the late, great Iain Banks and Stonemouth was his penultimate novel before he died in 2013.