It really is all happening at the moment, Brian. The addition of Walter Presents to the outlets that carry crime drama has been a real boon, and the Channel 4-affiliated streaming service (soon to launch in the US) has brought us delights from countries like France, Holland, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil and Germany. In fact, German crime drama is a real burgeoning cauldron of good stuff at the moment, and the imports continue with a new crime drama set in Frankfurt, starting next week.
I’m not going to lie: the whole concept of data and identity theft scares the brown out of me. It’s just one of those things; the idea that someone nicks your identity and forges something new and out-of-control is genuinely ridiculous but terrifying. So it’s not without caution I recount this piece of news to you: Amazon Prime will be showing a new German series called You Are Wanted, which deals with this very same subject.
I always bang on about it, but this site likes to keep an eye out on the big new shows from Europe and beyond, if only because in this international, multi-platform world it’s likely that any hits from overseas will make it to the UK (and other territories) sooner or later. We’ve got our eyes on a drama from Italy. Set in Naples, The Bastards Of Pizzofalcone (I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone) has taken the country by storm and looks like the kind of series that would do well here, too.
Ever since he appeared as Troels Hartmann in the first, groundbreaking series of The Killing, Lars Mikkelsen has claimed a special place in the heart of crime drama fans. Now he’s popping up in The Team, a six-part, multilingual (English, French, Flemish, German, Danish, Swedish), pan-European crime drama featuring a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of cross-border European police officers – all experts in forensics, legal, and IT, plus profilers and psychologists. Blimey. Read on for more.
Regardless of the fact that Walter Presents is going great guns at the moment and there are other channels to watch foreign-language crime drama on, nothing quite beats the Saturday-9pm-slot on BBC Four. There’s still a lot to be said for tuning in once a week to follow a story (linear style, how old fashioned) and that slot has had some big successes over the years, ever since The Killing smashed the door down. At the moment, we have repeats of The Young Montalbano until something new starts, and now we know what one of those new things will be.
Admittedly, there’s not much of a story here, but I do like to keep up with what’s going on with our crime drama-making friends and Spiral (Engrenages) is one of the best out there and one of our readers’ favourite shows. Thanks to a tip off from our friends over at Scanoir.co.uk (here if you want to visit them), we now know that series six of the gritty Parisian noir has now wrapped up filming, which also means that its appearance grows ever shorter. Check the photos over the jump for evidence.
If you’ve been reading The Guardian, then Walter Presents’ French crime drama, The Passenger (Le Passager), sounds as though the best has been saved to the last knockings of the year. It’s set in Nice, has some ritualistic murders going on and sounds like a must-watch. I’ll be digging into it a bit later today (I have Christmas markets to go to, don’t you know), but until then, here’s what it’s all about…