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 in crime drama terms). Now, after four years after its debut in the UK, it’s back for a second run. And, while it has been away, it has obviously managed to get hold of quite a budget.
Oh how we enjoyed Spanish series I Know Who You Are (Sé quién eres). The twisty-turny series – which we dubbed Shakespeare on speed – was such fun, populated as it was by such a loathsome cast of characters (too loathsome for some) and possessed of such a fervent pace that it was tremendous fun to watch. In fact, we voted it number six in our favourite crime dramas of 2017 (read that here). Now news reaches us that a US network will rework it for an American audience.
BBC Four has had to alter its scheduling slightly in the wake of the break in Below The Surface, but one thing has been fairly sure for a few weeks now: Belgian series Salamander will follow the Danish hostage story. Now we have confirmation of when it will be transmitted.
Earlier this week, we previewed Rough Justice – a Belgian series that starts on More4 this Friday (9th March) – and now there’s news of another crime series from Belgium that has been snapped up by the Channel 4’s Walter Presents brand. It’s called 13 Commandments (13 Geboden) and we now know it’ll be on.
After the success of Professor T last year on Channel 4’s Walter Presents strand, the channel (or at least its affiliate, More4, goes back to Belgium again with Rough Justice (or Coppers as it was known in its own country). Set in Antwerp, Superintendent Liese Meerhout (Hilde De Baerdemaeker) leads her close-knit team in the homicide division to the bottom of the city’s darkest crimes. Now we know when it’s going to be broadcast.
German crime drama is an ever-growing genre at the moment and, thanks to the likes of Dark, Cenk Batu and Babylon Berlin, the quality has increased significantly over the recent years. Now news reaches us that a new German offering – Beat – has been snapped up by Amazon Prime Video, and will air on the streaming portal by the end of the year.
Whisper it, but Belgium has become a sneaky player in the crime drama landscape, thanks to a series of very solid shows. Salamander, Clan, Professor T, Code 37, Coppers and 13 Commandments have all been decent, and most have them aired on Channel 4’s foreign-language strand, Walter Presents. Now news reaches us that it has acquired another series from the country.