REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E5&6/6)

So after just three short weeks we wrap up Black Fly Season, the second series of Canadian crime drama Cardinal. It does make me wonder if it had been extended out to an episode a week rather than the traditional BBC4 double-up if I would have had the patience to persist with what has been…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E3&4/6)

It was a slow start to Black Fly Season last week, the second series of well-regarded Canadian crime drama Cardinal. The tale of warring drug gangs with an amnesiac victim at the core of it didn’t initially ignite my interest as much as the first season’s story, but the show is always solid fun to…

REVIEW : Cardinal (S2 E1&2/6)

The Canadian crime drama returns to the much-coveted BBC4 weekend evening slot after a well-received first season last year. Subtitled Black Fly Season, the show reunites the sleuthing duo of Detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, last seen on UK screens in Modus as the POTUS First Gentleman) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) on another grisly…

BBC Four confirms Cardinal: Black Fly Season transmission date

Despite its flaws and Billy Campbell’s incessant half-whisper, Cardinal was very watchable when series one of the Canadian crime drama debuted on BBC Four last year. Now we have series two, subtitled Black Fly Season, which BBC Four has confirmed the transmission details. Series one saw Detective John Cardinal (Campbell) return to his hometown after 10…

Cardinal renewed for a fourth series

The Canadian series Cardinal proved to be a medium-sized hit when it aired on BBC Four last winter. It followed Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanassee) as they joined forces to hunt down a killer in a small Northern Ontario town. Adapted from author Giles Blunt’s award-winning Forty Words for Sorrow,…

UKTV announces Toronto-based Golden Age crime drama

UKTV – home of channels like Alibi and Drama – is a pretty good network if you’re struggling for a crime drama fix, and today it announced a brand-new, 11-part series that takes us back to the so-called Golden Age of crime fiction – the 1920s. Not only that, but Frankie Drake Mysteries introduces us…

Review: Cardinal (S1 E5&6/6), Saturday 17th June, BBC4

The Canadian tundra’s answers to Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have had a bit of a falling out over what to do with their torture victim Keith London (Robert Naylor). Psycho Eric (Brendan Fletcher) had been thrown off his game by hapless burglar Woody Baldwin crashing his party.However, the perennially late Woody was going to be…

Review: Cardinal (S1 E2,3&4/6), Saturday 3rd and 10th June, BBC4

With Our Deborah away, I thought I’d pick up the slack on Cardinal – BBC4’s new, six-part Canadian crime drama set among the frozen wastes of Ontario. Episode one, as Deborah noted, was workmanlike fare. Very watchable, workmanlike fare. We were introduced to our new tormented cop, John Cardinal (Billy Campbell), who was working the case…

Review: Cardinal (S1 E1/6), Saturday 3rd June, BBC4

So snowy, so icy, so barren, so Fargo – give or take 900 miles across the Laurentian Divide between the town in North Dakota and North Bay, Ontario, where Cardinal takes place. But in terms of dramatic intensity these two crime series are galaxies apart. 

BBC Four acquires Canadian crime drama, Cardinal

BBC Four has been a bit quiet since Modus at the tail-end of 2016; and since the turn of the year all we’ve had are repeats of The Young Montalbano in our favourite Saturday-night crime slot. Hinterland is just around the corner, but in terms of what’s happening for the rest of the year it’s…