REVIEW DNA (S1 E1&2/8)

And so we come to BBC Four’s latest import from Denmark, thus bolstering the channel’s stable of Nordic Noirs. From the mind of The Killing co-creator Torleif Hoppe, this eight-part series seeks to mesh procedural police work with questioning the role of forensics in a case – how can cases from different time periods be…

NORDIC NOIR First trailer released for Beck

With the first of four new Beck films on the horizon, the series’ Swedish broadcaster has released the first trailer. The serie starts on 6th November in Sweden, and sees Peter Haber reprise his role as Martin Beck, Kristofer Hivju continuing as Steinar Hovland and Jennie Silfverhjelm will play the role of Alexandra “Alex” Beijer. …

S4C reveals first trailer for Un Bore Mercher

It isn’t long now until the third and final series of Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith). The Welsh-language crime drama, starring Eve Myles as Faith Howells, begins on S4C on 1st November. And now we have a trailer. We also got a short teaser yesterday. Although we don’t have any log-lines, we can see that…

ITV commissions true-crime drama The Yorkshire Ripper

Following the ratings success and critical acclaim of Des and White House Farm, ITV has commissioned The Yorkshire Ripper (w/t).  The drama will depict one of the most notorious and shocking serial killer cases in the world – the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper. Between October 1975 and January 1981, police undertook the…

PD James’ Dalgliesh to return with Bertie Carvel

Bertie Carvel is to star as Adam Dalgliesh in a new adaptation of the late, great PD James’ fictional detective. Previously Martin Shaw played the character in the ITV series in the mid-2000s. Channel 5 and Acorn TV have ordered Dalgliesh, and it’s expected to air in 2021. The six-episode series starts in 1970s England and…

Jo Nesbø novel The Son to be adapted for televison

Acclaimed Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø is to get one of his books adapted for television. Deadline reports that The Son has picked up by HBO in the US and an adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve is in the works. The site says: “The story follows Sonny Lofthus, an escaped convict:…

BBC One to make Jimmy Savile drama

The BBC has commissioned the award-winning team – Neil McKay and executive producer Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Appropriate Adult) – to make The Reckoning (w/t), which will tell the story of the life of late BBC DJ and broadcaster – and predatory sex offender – Jimmy Savile. Savile rose from working-class origins to become one…

NORDIC NOIR Wisting renewed for second series

Norwegian series, Wisting, is to return for a second series. Based on Jørn Lier Horst’s best-selling novels, was shown on BBC Four in the UK. Sven Nordin will reprise his lead role and the second season, which is set to air in the Nordic region on Viaplay in spring 2021. The second season sees Larvik…

The Twelve (De Twaalf): Who’s who in the Belgian crime drama?

All4/Walter Presents’ next binge-worthy crime series is Belgian story, The Twelve (De Twaalf). And it’s a good one. Our review will follow tomorrow, but until then we’ve put together a who’s who guide – there are a lot of characters, a lot of intertwining stories and some real twists and turns. Set in the city…