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.
Cardinal follows Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, who appeared in the US remake of The Killing) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) as they join forces to hunt down a killer in a small Northern Ontario town.
Adapted from author Giles Blunt’s award-winning Forty Words For Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries book series, Cardinal is written for television by Audrey Nealon and Russ Cochrane.
Demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn’t let go, John Cardinal is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of a missing teenager is discovered, proving his instincts correct. Back on the case, Cardinal’s search for the murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer.
Meanwhile, he must right past wrongs that threaten to derail the investigation and end his whole career – all whilst keeping a watchful eye on his new partner Lise. Does she have a secret agenda of her own?
Here’s a trailer:
A remote town, a bit of snow and an embittered, taciturn detective tormented by his past… it may not be set in any Nordic country, but it has all the characteristics of a Nordic Noir.
Cardinal joins Spanish crime drama, I Know Who You Are, for transmission later in the year. More news as I get it.