Welsh-language channel, we already know, is the home of Hinterland (or Y Gwyll as its called in its original tongue). We also know that the channel has a working relationship with the BBC (Hinterland appears on both BBC Wales and BBC4 in different forms), and now the two channels have announced that they’re partnering on a new series, billed as a ‘domestic noir’.
Over three series, James Runcie’s Grantchester has become a bit of hole-filler – in recent years the cosy crime sub-genre has somewhat disappeared (although you could argue that Midsomer Murders and Death In Paradise are updated versions, and then there’s Endeavour… actually, scrap what I said about cosy crime) and Grantchester has filled things in nicely. It helps having some good acting talent to bring the seemingly innocuous tale of a vicar (James Norton) and a blunt copper (robson Green) doing the rounds in 1950s bucolic Cambridgeshire to life. Anyway, it’s back and series three is just around the corner.
A few months ago we saw the BBC’s attempt to bring to life a harrowing true-life crime story – that of the Shannon Matthews disappearance – and now ITV is getting in on the act. True crime stories are always fraught with difficulty and come with potential controversy – how do you depict things that are still so raw for a lot of people? The last time ITV did a true crime story (Jimmy Nesbitt’s excellent The Secret and Martin Compston’s In Plain Sight) the former was actually discussed in British Parliament because of an outcry from one of the victim’s family. The Moorside attracted a lot of attention, and I’m expecting ITV’s latest true crime adaptation, Little Boy Blue, to also provoke intense discussion. But at least we now know when it’s on…
Anything David Morrissey stars in is worth a watch – he’s one of Britain’s best, don’t you know – and exciting news reached me yesterday in regards to his next project. Morrissey has signed onto play Inspector Tyador Borlú in the BBC Two adaptation of China Miéville’s mind-bending novel The City And The City. Furthermore, Morrissey will reunite with Tony Grisoni who has adapted the infamous novel into a four-part series, and who he last worked with on the sometimes incredible Red Riding series for Channel 4 a decade or so ago. More news after the jump.