Leif GW Persson’s Gone In Snow to start in Sweden next month

Ast the end of last year, we bought you news that Leif GW Persson’s The Dying Detective was to air on Swedish channel SVT. Now the celebrated crime novelist has a new project, but this time it’s based on an idea rather than a novel.

Gone In Snow (Det som göms i snö) is to transmit on the Kanal 5 channel in Sweden on 21st August.

Expressen reports:

Robert Gustafsson plays the role figure Peter Wendel. When the series begins, Wendel has just returned to the police after a long period of sick leave and will be the head of a new Kalla Fall group. 

Already there are difficulties. 

When Peter Wendel is to recruit colleagues, it’s hardly a supergroup he gets the chance to form. The force becomes a place for investigators that other departments do not want or do not know what to do with. (The actors who perform the roles in the Kalla fall [cold case] group are Robert Gustafsson, Louise Peterhoff, Christopher Wagelin and La Langhammer). 

At the same time, Peter Wendel must be wrestling with himself. The criminal case wakes demons alive which he thought he had handled; Peter has an Achilles heel in his background and has had mental health problems. In his upbringing, there is an event that ended in the fact that his brother died. 

When Wendel is then the newest in the series’s criminal case, a hostage is found that stretches into the corridors of power. Peter and his teenage daughter Vera are additionally and personally affected in the murder stories.

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Channel 4 unveils three new psychological dramas

When they do crime drama things, you can always rely on Channel 4 to do things a bit differently. Today, the channel has announced three new stand-alone dramas with a crimey edge, in a new strand called On The Edge. to be transmitted in one night. The night will showcase the work of three rising star writers and directors as part of the 4Stories initiative, the channel’s commitment to finding diverse debut drama talent.

Each drama was penned by a debut female writer and directed by directors from diverse backgrounds, who will get a national broadcast credit for the very first time.

Shining a light on stories not often told, the three bold, distinct but thematically linked films serve up a raw slice of real life in contemporary Britain.

The cast across the anthology includes BAFTA winner Chanel Cresswell (pictured, This is England), BAFTA winner Wunmi Mosaku (The End of the F***ing World), Alexandra Roach (No Offence), Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty) and Nadine Marshall (Save Me). Carryl Thomas, Cyril Nri and Richard Harrington complete the cast.

Here are the details on each one:

Through the Gates
Aimee (Ria Zmitrowicz) has spent most of her young, chaotic life in and out of prison. Tessa (Wunmi Mosaku) is the disillusioned parole officer in charge of Aimee’s welfare after her release, living her own life of organised chaos, under the watchful eye of boss, Mark (Craig Parkinson). Although from different worlds, both are trapped in cycles they can’t escape. Can they help each other find a way out?

A Mother’s Love
The lives of single mum Josephine (Nadine Marshall) and her 11-year-old son Ishmael (Keajohn Jennings Dillon) are shattered when he witnesses a gangland crime on their estate and is asked to testify against the killer. Under threat, they find sanctuary in the middle-class home of Josephine’s sister Claudia (Carryl Thomas) and her disapproving husband Patrick (Cyril Nri). When Josephine starts to have doubts about her son’s account, she is torn between wanting to believe him and the suspicions that circle him. Is he being unfairly judged?

That Girl
That Girl centres around the friendship between Ashley (Chanel Cresswell) and Becca (Alexandra Roach). Free-spirited Ashley refuses to grow up, enabled by sensible flatmate Becca. When she is forced to confront a reality she tried to bury in her past, Ashley’s life begins to unravel. Will their relationship be able to overcome this?

HBO’s Perry Mason reboot is go without Downey Jr in the lead

Why go there? That’s always our reaction whenever there’s news of a reboot of a classic show. We’re not going near the Magnum PI reboot, but we hear that Perry Mason – that redoubtable character created by Erle Stanley Gardner in the 1930s, which became a global hit from the 1950s onwards.

The HBO adaptation has been in the works for a couple of years, with Robert Downey Jr in the executive producer’s chair and also set to star. Now it seems things are pushing forward without him.

Deadline reports:

The Perry Mason HBO series project originally had True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto on board to write. Pizzolatto since has focused his attention on the third season of True Detective, and last summer, HBO tapped new writers, Ron Fitzgerald, who is under an overall deal at HBO, and his frequent collaborator, Rolin Jones.

I hear it became clear about six months ago that Downey Jr.’s feature commitments would make it difficult for him to act on the series, which remains in active development at HBO.

“We developed two really good scripts, and we are talking about, is any actor that would be great for the role,” HBO president of programming Casey Bloys told Deadline at TCA. “There is a lot of interest from actors, we are thinking about who that might be.”

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Cast announced for Megan Abbott’s Dare Me pilot

We’re keeping a close eye on USA Network’s adaptation of Megan Abbott’s superb novel, Dare Me. Abbott is one of our favourite crime writers, and Dare Me one of her best books.

The story dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends after a new coach arrives to bring their team to prominence.

Now the cast has been announced. Willa Fitzgerald (pictured), Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly take the lead roles.

Deadline reports:

Fitzgerald plays Colette French. Once a star cheerleader herself, she is now a rising-star high school cheerleading coach with a reputation for building winning squads. Young, beautiful and charismatic, she exudes a deep, enigmatic movie-star cool, but she can’t stop herself from taking risks, with the squad and in her personal life. Guardiola will play Addy Hanlon, a yearning, ambitious high school student who dreams of using cheer to secure a college scholarship and a ticket out of her Midwestern town. When Coach Colette French arrives, Addy is both inspired and tantalized, finding herself increasingly drawn into Colette’s complicated world.

Kelly will play Beth Cassidy, a perfect pixie cheerleader on the outside, but on the inside a rebel who knows no limits. Her best friend Addy is the only person she truly cares about, the only one she’s ever been able to trust. But the more Addy seems in thrall to Colette, the more determined Beth is to bring their coach down and win Addy back, at all costs.

Look out for this next year.