Marc Warren cast as Van Der Valk, ITV picks up series for UK

Classic detective show Van Der Valk is, as we know, getting a makeover. Back in the 70s, the show starred Barry Foster in the title role and followed a street smart and unapologetic Dutch detective navigates the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam, solving mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection. Now we…

Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley and Jack Huston join series four of Fargo

If we tell you we’re looking forward to the fourth series of Fargo, that would be an understatement. Noah Hawley’s terrific anthology series has been confirmed with Chris Rock as its lead. Now new actors have joined the cast. The Hollywood Reporter, well, reports that Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley and Jack Huston have joined up….

Alibi acquires Lucy Lawless Australian crime series

Australian crime drama is being shipped around the world, and two new series have landed in the UK, at Channel 5 and Alibi respectively. TV Wise reports that The Hunting and My Life Is Murder have been picked up by the channels. One of them stars much-loved actress Lucy Lawless. Four-part The Hunting, heading to…

Andrea Camilleri, 1925-2019

“Montalbano felt moved. This was real friendship, Sicilian friendship, the kind based on intuition, on what was left unsaid. With a true friend, one never needs to ask, because the other understands on his own accordingly.”

BBC One confirms Keeping Faith series two transmission date

Regular readers will know that S4C has already played series two of Un Bore Mercher. And, as regular readers of the Welsh-language crime drama, there’s always an English version that follows soon after. Now we know when Keeping Faith – as it’s known in the English language – will start its second series on BBC…

Tahar Rahim to play Charles Sobhraj in new BBC/Netflix series

Award-winning French actor Tahar Rahim (who was sensational in A Prophet) has signed onto play the infamous Charles Sobhraj in BBC One’s The Serpent, based on the astonishing true story of how one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th century was caught and brought to trial. Charles Sobhraj was the chief suspect in…

Amazon lands TV rights to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series

We brought you news last year that superstar crime author was shopping his insanely popular Jack Reacher character around in the world of TV. Now we’re hearing that Amazon has picked up the rights. Deadline reports that “In a competitive situation, Amazon has landed the rights to develop a script-to-series drama based on the Jack Reacher character from Lee Child’s…

ITV commissions new drama from Luther creator Neil Cross

Luther, it seems, is over (for now). But its creator, Neil Cross, has had a new drama commissioned by ITV. Because the Night is described as a “chilling and suspenseful four-part story of murder – and perhaps ghosts – which exposes the quiet terror of a man trying to escape his past”.  The series is inspired…

Harriet Tyce’s Blood Orange to be adapted for television

Another crime novel is to be adapted for televsion. Harriet Tyce’s debut, Blood Orange, has been picked up by the producers of Bodyguard, World Productions. Deadline reports that “It’s thought that the ITV-owned indie has set a writer and is adapting the book as a twelve-part series consisting of ten episodes.” Here’s the story: Alison…

ITV renews Grantchester for a fifth series

Grantchester, ITV’s cosy-crime period hit, is coming back for a fifth run. Based on the novels by James Runcie, it’s set in the 1950s and follows an unlikely crime-fighting duo – Reverend Will Davenport and gruff, down-to-earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating. Original series star James Norton exited the series as Sidney Chamber last series and…

Netflix confirms Mindhunter 2 transmission date

Mindhunter was our favourite crime series in 2017. We’ve known for a while that it was on its way back this year, and now we know when. Digital Spy reports that series producer David Fincher spilled the beans during a podcast. Netflix, on its official Twitter feed, then confirmed the information. NEWS: Mindhunter S2 is…