Thursday is turning out to be a busy old day. Not only have I put up three reviews and a news story about a new French crime drama on Channel 4, the wires report that, after its season launch this morning, Sky1 is getting into the crime drama in a big way for autumn and winter 2015/16. The channel has announced three new intriguing crime dramas, each one very different and each one deserving of a closer look.
First we have Agatha Raisin. It proved to be a bit of a hit when I reviewed it at Christmas (go here to read it). The light and frothy confection, starring Ashley Jensen, went down a treat although back then for its one-off it was subtitled The Quiche Of The Death. It told the story of an annoying, high-flying behighheeled executive who leaves the city and settles down in the Cotswolds, only to get involved in a murder case.
Sky says this:
Ashley Jensen will return as Agatha Raisin, with eight new mysteries for the savvy sleuth – based on the bestselling novels of MC Beaton.
Not much to go on, but news is news. Next, we have prolific Harlan Coben and his hook-up with the channel. Sky says this:
Acclaimed international best-selling thriller writer Harlan Coben has created his first-ever original story for television with The Five. A taut mystery about the consequences of a terrible childhood incident for a group of friends, it boasts a brilliant cast of British talent, including Tom Cullen, O-T Fagbenle, Lee Ingleby and Sarah Solemani.
Back in January when the news broke, Deadline described it as this:
It follows a group of friends who are united by a terrible incident. Haunted by the disappearance of one of their younger brothers some years earlier, the group is forced to revisit the past when the missing boy’s DNA turns up at the scene of a murder.
Finally, and perhaps the most intriguing is the fatc that the channel has teamed up with legendary comic book boss, Stan Lee, for his first British TV series.
Starring in the drama are James Nesbitt, Eve Best, Sienna Guillory, Amara Karan, Darren Boyd, Omid Djalili, Jing Lusi and Kenneth Tsang.Lucky Man is the story of DI Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt), a cop from Central London’s notorious Murder Squad, who is given a charm that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck.Harry is down on his luck; his wife (Eve Best) and child have left him due to his gambling habit, his boss thinks he’s in league with the devil and he has a huge debt to an infamous underworld crime boss who is threatening his life.A chance meeting with a mysterious woman who gives him an ancient bracelet changes everything… It appears to give Harry control over luck itself, but at what cost? What is luck anyway, and is one man’s luck always another’s misfortune? DI Harry Clayton is about to find out…