As if we didn’t have enough crime drama to watch, the start of Channel 4’s on-demand service, Walter Presents, was a welcome addition to the canon, presenting us with golden nuggets of TV from around the world. I’ve already reviewed a couple of them (links at the bottom of the piece), but WP is bubbling away nicely in the background and is well worth a visit if you have time on your hands and want to watch something from abroad. Now the channel has three new crime drama in the pipeline that look very good indeed.
The TV series Dicte, based on best-selling Danish author ’s crime novels and set in Aarhus, introduces us to journalist Dicte Svendsen (Iben Hjejle). She is fighting injustice in the world as well as her own inner demons. She is impulsive, temperamental and the loving mother of Rose, her daughter, who is almost 18.
Tony’s Revenge (Le Beaux Mecs)
It all starts in 2010, when ring leader Tony Roucas, aka Mad Tony, who is serving a long-term prison sentence, and Kenz a young North African delinquent from an estate, escape from prison. In this 21st century overcrowded prison, they share the same tiny cell. They have absolutely nothing in common and have nothing to say to each other. Their escape reveals their differences even more, where the old methods of organised crime conflict with the new ones.
On the day of her first communion, seven-year-old Alicia Vega disappears without a trace. After two weeks of thorough search, the police are only sure about one thing: the person responsible for her disappearance was invited to the ceremony and, therefore, that person was a member of the girl’s family. Officers Víctor and Laura pretend to be a married couple and infiltrate the village to get close to the Vega family and to all the other suspected people of the crime. While they both stay in the shade, superintendent Casas officially runs the investigation and is also the only one aware of the real identity of our main characters. Laura and Víctor did not know each other before they were sent to the village and… their first impression is clear: they are like day and night. Laura is firm and organized and she always respects the rules. Víctor is impulsive, cheeky and willing to do whatever necessary to discover the truth. Two opposite personalities doomed to understand each other and to pretend to be a couple in love. Time works against them and finding the person responsible for the girl’s disappearance will be much more complicated than they expected, because the girl’s family has spin a web of secrets which is difficult to sort out to find the truth. This truth will have a great impact in the lives of the members of the Vega family, but also in the lives of the infiltrated officers. After Alicia Vega’s disappearance, life will never be the same for any of them. Watch the trailer here.
For our review of Walter Presents’ Match Day, go here
For our review of Walter Presents’ Pure Evil, go here