REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E5&6/6)

Cardinal has always been a bit of an outlier in the crime drama world; it’s a show that has shifted through a number of different styles but never seemed to really feel comfortable in any one of them. A touch of Nordic Noir there, some high concept villains there; a dash of police procedural and…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E3&4/6)

We’ve already reached the half-way point in this final season of Cardinal without even really trying and boy, it hasn’t hung about. These two episodes packed more action into their running time then the last two seasons combined, and whether this increase in tempo is preferential toward the show’s overall style remains to be seen….

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E1&2/6)

Cardinal returns for it’s fourth and final series this week, with a few immediate differences – a new home (BBC Two), a new slot (midweek prime-time) and (it feels) a new sense of narrative purpose after a somewhat meandering, directionless third season. This time around, the story is based on originating author Giles Blunt’s sixth…

Cardinal: BBC Two confirms series four transmission date

We’ve heard whispers in the wind for a while now that the fourth and final series of Canadian crime drama, Cardinal, might well be moving channels and that it was imminent. Now we know both of these things are true. Cardinal – starring Billy Campbell, Karine Vanass – is set in the town of Algonquin…

Cardinal releases first trailer from final series

It’s a little way off from British shores, but Canadian crime series, Cardinal, is gearing up for its final series in its native country. Series one followed Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanassee) as they join forces to hunt down a killer in a small Northern Ontario town. Adapted from author…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E3&4/6)

We’re already halfway through the new season of Cardinal and things are just starting to heat up, with the dynamics of family life once again at the forefront of these episodes. One family that seems to be forged from fractured lives is that of Sharlene ‘Mama’ Winston and her brood of runaways. But Mama’s not…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E1&2/6)

We welcome back Cardinal to the BBC’s Saturday night crime slot for its much-anticipated third season, having concluded its original Canadian run in March. The series follows on directly from the shocking conclusion of the second season, this time merging elements from author Giles Blunt’s novels By The Time You Read This and Crime Machine….

BBC Four announces transmission date for series three of Cardinal

Arguably Canada’s most successful crime series, Cardinal, is on its way back to BBC Four. Starring Billy Campbell as John Cardinal, series two left us with Cardinal discovering the suicide of his wife, Catherine (Deborah Hay). It’s autumn in this year’s six-episode third series that returns to Algonquin Bay as Cardinal and his partner, Lise…

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…