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…

RTÉ announces new crime drama Take Down for autumn season

Other than Jack Taylor, Love/Hate has been Ireland’s best crime drama to date, but now it seems a new series is on the way in the autumn, which could ramp things up a bit. The creative team behind Love/Hate, – Stuart Carolan (writer/executive producer), Suzanne McAuley (executive producer) and David Caffrey (director) are joined by best-selling novelist Jo Spain…

Polish crime drama Ultraviolet starts on Netflix

One thing we missed out from last week’s 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week was Netflix’s Polish series, Ultraviolet. We wrote about it back in May, but it has now started streaming on Netflix from today. Here’s the juice: The series is inspired by the book The Skeleton Crew written by Deborah Halber and infused…