As we all know, anything Bridge-related automatically gets posted on this site, and the latest piece of news – well, it isn’t really news… it’s more of an insight into the writing processes of creator Hans Rosenfeldt – saw the show’s creator take time out from the fourth series of The Bridge and series two of ITV’s Marcella to appear on a Swedish chatshow to chat about his craft.
Readers may have been watching Walter Presents’ Norwegian series Frikjent (Acquitted) recently. One of the supporting cast in that show is Tobias Santlemann (who plays Erik Nilsen, brother of main character Aksel. He also appeared in ITV’s Marcella in this country, and The Last Kingdom), but now news reaches us that Norway’s main channel – TV2 – has hired the actor for the leading role in a brand-new crime drama, starting in the autumn.
BBC Four has been a bit quiet since Modus at the tail-end of 2016; and since the turn of the year all we’ve had are repeats of The Young Montalbano in our favourite Saturday-night crime slot. Hinterland is just around the corner, but in terms of what’s happening for the rest of the year it’s pretty hazy (although Spiral is lurking in the wings, and 2018 looks set to be the year when we see the final installment of The Bridge and series two of Trapped). But today the channel has issued forth a proclamation that it has acquired a brand-new crime drama called Cardinal, and it’s not from Europe. It’s from Canada.
I must confess to enjoying the odd alternative reality crime story or thriller (CJ Sansom’s Dominion is highly recommended) and bloody love Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther novels set in war-time Berlin. Len Deighton, on the other hand, is regarded by many as one of the top spy novelists of all time, and his stories – like The Ipcress File – went onto become huge film hits. Now another one of his novels, SS-GB, has been turned into a glossy BBC drama series, and we now know when it will be transmitted.