Netflix picks up Polish series, Ultraviolet

It seems that not a day goes by when global, series-devouring streaming network Netflix – now rivalling Disney as the biggest media company in the US – has acquired some sort of new series. Not only does it produce its own US series and documentaries, it has cast its net far and wide and signed…

Miss Fisher movie greenlit

Australian series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (shown on Alibi in the UK), is one of our favourite staples – it’s full of Golden Age style and substance, and, well, old-fashioned fun. And, in Essie Davis, the series has an engaging and brilliant star. There have been three, hugely watchable series on the small screen, but…

Netflix acquires French crime drama La Forêt

French crime drama is now a real force in the international canon, thanks to Spiral and Witnesses, and recently Netflix has been plundering the world, securing crime dramas from here, there and everywhere. And that includes France. We’ve already had La Mante and The Frozen Dead, and we have La Forêt (The Forest), a six-part series starring Samuel…

BBC confirms transmission date for Craith/Hidden

We reviewed Welsh-language series Craith earlier this year when it debuted on S4C but, like Hinterland/Y Gwyll and Un Bor Mercher/Keeping Faith before it, we knew that an-English language version would be appearing on both BBC One Wales and BBC Four soon after. (One of the more incredible things about these Welsh-language dramas is that…

BBC announces new ‘psycho thriller’ from Tom Rob Smith

Another big announcement from the BBC today. Anyone who’s been following crime drama for the past few years that Tom Rob Smith is an exciting, fresh and invigorating new voice, and he’s the man who wrote the brilliant The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The BBC has announced that he has penned a…

Sky Atlantic confirms Get Shorty transmission date

Here’s another one of those ‘why are they doing another version of that?’ series. The late, great crime writer, Elmore Leonard, was revered in many circles and one of his most popular novels was Get Shorty. It was made into a (successful) film in the mid-1990s (starring John Travolta), but now it’s back, this time…

Danish broadcaster DR announces two new crime dramas

As readers will know, we like to keep up with what’s happening with our Scandinavian and Nordic friends across the water, and yesterday Danish broadcaster DR announced two new crime dramas that will air this autumn and winter in its flagship Sunday-night, 8pm slot. First up is series two of Mord Uden Grænser (Murder Without…

Vera begins filming series nine; plotlines revealed

Quietly and assuredly, Vera has become one of the most watched crime dramas in the UK. Adapted from multi-award-winning author Ann Cleeves’ best-selling novels, Brenda Blethyn has become one of the staples of British television because of it. Now we hear that series nine is go, and, what’s more, some plotlines have been revealed. (So…

New Sherlock ‘adventure’ for 2018

Apparently it’s International Sherlock Holmes Day today, and the latest TV incarnation’s creators – Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss – have been up to mischief again. In a cryptic video, they said that something Sherlock-related is going to be happening this year, although Moffat was at pains to point out that it was “not a new…

The Bridge to get an Asian version

Is The Bridge the most franchised crime drama in television history? It has already inspired remakes in here in UK, France, US, Mexico, Germany, and Russia. And now there’s going to be an Asian version. According to TBI Vision: The adaptation will air on Viu in late 2018 and is set to become ESG’s first…