Romanian cyber thriller, Hackerville, begins filming

Unfortunately, many people only think of Romania and Transylvania and think Dracula, but now there’s a new crime drama that looks to redress the balance. The Hollywood Reporter, well, reports that Hackerville, a six-part series from HBO Europe, has begun filming in that (in)famous region of the country, Transylvania. Hackerville was created by Ralph Martin and…

Production begins on series three of Babylon Berlin

Last year, Babylon Berlin sashayed onto our screens with quite the fanfare – the German series based on the novels by Volker Kutscher, which told the story of Detective Gereon Rath in a pre-World War II, Weimar Republic-era Berlin. It looked like a million dollars (because it really did cost many millions of dollars) and…

New French crime drama Les Ombres Rouge begins filming

French crime drama is, as we now know, worth keeping an eye on. Spiral, Witnesses and the recent acquisition by Netflix of La Forêt mean that the country really is doing good work in the genre. Now we hear (via The Medium Is Not Enough and Le Blog) that a new six-part crime series is on…

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…

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…

REVIEW: Salamander: Blood Diamonds (S2 E9&10/10)

This second series of Salamander (subtitled Blood Diamonds) has been an uneven ride, with so many strange inconsistencies, almost laugh-out-loud moments thanks to some unintentional comedy and a plot that at times has felt lazy and one that left you scratching your head. As Our Andy pointed out last week, series one of Salamander at…

REVIEW: Salamander: Blood Diamonds (S2 E7&8/10)

At the end of episode six of Salamander, Paul Gerardi found himself in a bit of a bind – the General Bombé film that the Minnebach banks wanted so body had been sneakily stolen from under his nose by young Jamie, while Jacky lanciers (who, it emerged, was Prime Minister de Coutere’s ha;f sister) had…

REVIEW: Salamander: Blood Diamonds (S2 E5&6/10)

The first four episodes of series two of Belgian crime drama, Salamander, rendered it more as Sillymander and the whole experience has been a frustrating one – so many narrative and plot devices from series one seem to have been repeated and the pace of it – for a high-octane procedural thriller – was snail-like….

Channel 4/All4 announces launch date for Belgian series Tabula Rasa

  We’ve spoken about the (welcome) increase in Belgian crime drama to our shores – what with the likes of Professor T, Salamander, 13 Commandments and Rough Justice – and now the Walter Presents brand has announced that ANOTHER new Belgian import will be hitting our screens very soon.

REVIEW: Salamander: Blood Diamonds (S2 E3&4/12)

Last week’s opening two episodes of series two of Belgian crime drama Salamander (subtitled Blood Diamonds) required patience and a good look back at series one – it had been gone for so long, it took time to familiarise yourself with existing characters and get to grips with the new story (and indeed characters). This new story, concerning…

Review: Salamander: Blood Diamonds (S2 E1&2/12), Saturday 14th April, BBC Four

Belgian crime drama has been enjoying its place in the sun recently, thanks to imports like Professor T, and the recent 13 Commandments and Rough Justice. Some media outlets lazily asked whether Belgian crime drama was the new Scandi Noir. The series that kicked down the door was Salamander, whose first series aired on BBC Four back in 2014 (a long time…