Ever since Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal was canned at the end of series three by home US network NBC, fans of the show were hoping that someone else would pick it up. The series, starring Hugh Dancy as FBI special investigator Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr Hannibal Lecter, had formed a rabid cult following during its three-series run, and any snippet of news has been devoured in the same way Lecter devoured his many victims. Now there’s another snippet… Continue reading
Hannibal is one of our favourite crime dramas. Its gloriously trippy, nightmarish retelling of the Hannibal Lecter story, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy (among others), has, during its three series, pushed the boundaries of taste and credulity for US network dramas. Its charmed life seemed to come to an end last year when its home network, NBC, pulled the plug on the show, leaving fans aghast. But, just when you thought that Lecter and co were dead… Continue reading
For many Hannibal fans, most familiar with the Red Dragon/Manhunter cycle, the story starts here, with the cannibalistic killer behind bars, and profiler Will Graham coming to him for help in the case of The Tooth Fairy, the serial killer who strikes at whole families when the moon is full. Hannibal, bored with his other visitors who he describes, ahem, as ‘pencil-lickers’, agrees to help Will discover how the Tooth Fairy chooses his victims. “We still help our families when we can” he says. From the safety of his rococo cell, Hannibal can’t possibly do any more harm – can he? Continue reading
If you only know Hannibal from the movies, not the books or this TV series, everything up to now has been a prequel; for you, the real story probably begins here. Because as scary as Hannibal is in the outside world, he’s almost scarier where he’s more familiarly seen, in a cage. Last week we saw the culmination of two-and-a-half seasons of groundwork, with Mason Verger dead, Hannibal captured, and Will Graham apparently free of Hannibal’s influence. But such is Will’s infatuation with Hannibal, that this situation cannot last. All it needs to draw the two together again is a catalyst, and this comes in the form of the Red Dragon.