One of the series we’re looking forward to is Danish production, Greyzone, starring Borgen’s Birgitte Hjort Sørensen. The 10-part series has been picked up by Channel 4/All4 (Walter Presents) and is going to air soon.
During a business trip abroad, the brilliant software engineer Victoria meets the attractive and intelligent reporter Iayd, a former university acquaintance. Victoria agrees to an interview with him at her home but what should have been a harmless conversation about her work, turns into a dangerous situation where Victoria and her son Oskar are taken hostage. Iyad exposes that he is part of a terror cell planning an attack somewhere in Scandinavia. Victoria works at SparrowSat, a Swedish company that develops drone technology and Iyad’s accomplices have singled out Victoria to gain access to vital components to facilitate the attack. When anti-terror police discover her desperate situation, instead of saving her they force her to become a double agent and gain insight into Iyad’s terror network. One step wrong could have life-threating consequences for both Victoria and her son Oskar, especially as she starts to strike a friendship with her captor.
Greyzone: Wednesday 13th February, 10.05pm, Channel 4 (and then all episodes on All4)
We’ve already brought you news of Finnish original crime drama, Cold Courage, which debuts on Nordic streaming service Viaplay this year.
Based in London, the production has added two high-profile British actors to its cast: John Simm and Caroline Goodall.
The series is based on the novels by Pekka Hiltunen (and adapted by Hinterland writer David Joss Buckley), and tells the story of two young Finnish women in London, who are drawn inexorably together via the Studio – a clandestine group dedicated to bringing justice to those beyond the law. But, as their battle against exploitation, violence and corporate greed intensifies, will the Studio’s ends continue to justify its means?
Could A Very English Scandal become the UK’s equivalent to American Crime Story? That seems to be the way things are going when it was revealed that the award-winning series – which saw Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw star in series one last year – is to return, dramatising another true-life story of scandal in modern British history.
Speaking to the Radio Times, producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said that the new, second series would feature the 1963 sex scandal involving Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll.
The Duchess of Argyll was the first woman to be publicly slut-shamed.
We’re going to focus on the very public divorce from her second husband. He went through her private desk and found a list of all the men she’d slept with, as well as three Polaroid photos of her wearing only her pearls and giving a blow job to a man whose head was out of the picture.
At the time, the news was in all the papers – people thought that it could have been a member of the royal family or the Government or a Hollywood actor. No one still knows who it was.
This is exciting news, not least because the amount of scandal committed by the British upper classes throughout the 20th century means that this concept could run and run.
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With those foreboding words uttered by Tchéky Karyo, Harry and Jack Williams’ Missing spin-off, Baptiste, kicks into action. We’ve had one trailer from the BBC, and now we have a much more detailed one – and it looks a million dollars.
Here it is:
We’re expecting this very soon, so stand by for transmission confirmation.
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