American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson was an excellent series, retelling the OJ story in fine fashion. Ryan Murphy’s anthology series based on true, high-profile crimes looked set to continue with Katrina, a look at the hurricane in New Orleans, the devastation it caused and the almost Wild West criminal environment it produced. However, the American Crime Story (ACS) franchise has hit a few problems, with Katrina being shelved and Versace promoted to next in line. Thankfully the BBC announced that it had picked it up for broadcast in the UK.
I’ll say it now – although one of his most iconic, The Birds isn’t one of favourite Alfred Hitchcock films. Released in 1963 and based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, it starred Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor and… well, I’m sure you know the story by now. News reaches us that the BBC is planning a remake, set in the UK.
There has been so much crime drama on recently I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, but in among all the stuff that’s been on it’s easy to spot the wheat from the chaff. There seems to have been more quantity than outstanding quality this year, and one of the series that has really impressed me (so far) has been Netflix’s Ozark. Now there’s news of a second series.
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…
If you’ve been reading my reviews of Spanish series I Know Who You Are, you’ll know I’ve been quite taken by it all. Of course it’s flawed and daft, and beggars belief sometimes, but I’ve enjoyed the pace, the brazen commitment to telling what is an ultra high-concept story, and the characters – no one is who they seem and everyone has stuff going on. Saying all that, there has been one thing that has been bothering me…
Hinterland/Y Gwyll has been a huge success for S4C and BBC Wales, and has also garnered a huge following overseas. It’s fairly unique in the fact that it’s filmed back-to-back in the Welsh language and then the English language, which has always seemed to me to be a tremendous undertaking. There’s no word on whether there will be a fourth series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll, but the BBC has announced that a new Welsh crime drama has begun filming, once again in both Welsh and English languages.
Stephen King, that hugely popular writer of the occult, supernatural and, more recently, hardboiled crime fiction will be coming to an American TV screen near you (if you live in the US) very soon, thanks to DirecTV satellite network, AT&T Audience. It looks like a cracker, and it’s set to premiere in the US next week.