About bloody time, many of you will be saying. The third series of Fargo – one of my favourite crime dramas – is already half-way through its run in the US, but we have been starved of it here in the UK. Yes, it’s great news that Channel 4 will once again be broadcasting it on these shores but we’ve had a bit of a wait for it to be announced. Now the waiting is over…
So just to recap, series three is set in 2010 and follows a new ‘true crime’ story with a fresh set of characters and an weighty cast. Ewan McGregor plays two brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, who are at the centre of the story. Emmit is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, and a handsome, self-made property mogul and family man. He sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother Ray, on the other hand, is more of a cautionary tale. Balding and pot-bellied, Ray is a parole officer. He has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt and blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon plays Gloria Burgle, a local police chief and newly divorced mother, who is trying to understand the new world around her where individuals connect more intimately with their mobile phones than with the people directly in front of them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead portrays Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge and a plan to keep herself at least one move ahead of her opponents. Also joining the cast for the third instalment is David Thewlis as VM Varga.
So all is set for what might be another cracker.
Fargo: Wednesday 31st May, 10pm, Channel 4