REVIEW: The Name Of The Rose (S1 E1/8)

Full disclosure: the film adaptation of Umberto Eco’s celebrated novel The Name Of The Rose stayed with me for a long time. Long before Game Of Thrones, it was a mysterious, atmospheric Medieval tale of a sleuthing monk and his young sidekick as they entered the walls of a Benedictine monastery in the mountainous north…

Netflix to adapt Harlan Coben novel as Polish series

Award-winning crime novelist Harlan Coben is hot property in TV at the moment. We’ve already had a few Netflix series, and now another of his novels is get the treatment from the streaming giant… but this time as a Polish original series. The Woods will be a six-part series that will be broadcast in 2020….

Adrian Dunbar drama Blood renewed for second series

Adrian Dunbar’s Ted Hastings is now globally known, but last year Dunbar – an actor who’s been aorund for decades and has always produced good work – starred in a lesser-known series, Blood. Created by Sophie Petzal, Blood explores family, memory, and the impact the past can have on the present. Written once again by Sophie…

BBC Two acquires Vienna Blood

BBC Two has dipped into the cauldron of European crime drama and has acquired an English-language series set in Austria. The three-part, feature-length, series, written by acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Deep State), is based on the best-selling Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis. Starring Matthew Beard, and Juergen Maurer, Vienna Blood is set in 1900s…

Netflix announces transmission date for Criminal

We’ve already brought you news about Netflix’s Criminal, an intriguing four-part series. It also garnered plenty of interest because of one David Tennant appearing in one of the episodes. Now we know when it’s going to be broadcast on the streaming giant. Set entirely within the confines of a police interview suite, Criminal (starring David…

Thou Shalt Not Kill starts this Friday on More4

Replacing Code 37: Sex Crimes is Italian series, Thou Shalt Not Kill. Somehow, it slipped under our radar, so let’s bring you up to speed. The 11-part series focuses on the affairs of determined police officer Valeria Ferro, who seems to possess a sixth sense when solving the puzzles behind crimes motivated by jealousy, vendettas…

Amsterdam Vice prequel series coming in 2020

A.C. Baantjer’s Baantjer detective series is beloved in its native Holland, and now we’re hearing news of a prequel series, to be called Amsterdam Vice. The original starred Piet Römer as Jurriaan ‘Jurre’ de Cock, a police detective, and Victor Reinier as Dick Vledder, his helper. According to Variety: Amsterdam Vice is set in the roaring ’80s, in…

Netflix confirms transmission date for series two of Suburra

Italy’s relationship with organised crime is a long and storied one, and when it comes to TV a few high-profile series have attempted to explore this uneasy accord. First we had the globally successful Gamorra, and then, shortly afterwards, came the less heralded but still gritty and watchable Suburra. It all starts in 2008, and…

First image from Sarah Phelps adaptation of Tana French novels, Dublin Murders

A while back, we wrote a story that Sarah Phelps – whose latest Agatha Christie adaptation, The ABC Murders, is out this Christmas – was working on adapting celebrated crime author Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels. Today the BBC released a first-look image and announced cast details. Dublin Murders is drawn from Tana French’s internationally…

Post-revolution Russian crime drama coming

We’ve had crime dramas from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Argentina, Belgium… the list goes on, showing that the genre is a truly global phenomenon. Now we hear of a new Russian historical crime drama called The Pretender that sounds the business. Worldscreen reports: The 12-part series, set after the Revolution of 1917, will air on Channel…