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.
BBC4 has been a bit quiet on the crime front so far this year, with only repeats of The Young Montalbano occupying the Saturday-night slot so far. But from early March the channel goes back to doing what it does best on Saturday nights – Scandinavian crime drama. The first Scandi noir output for 2017 is series two of Danish yarn, Follow The Money, which proved to be a hit first time around.
Crime drama is everywhere at the moment, and broadcasters from all over the world have cottoned onto the fact that if you do one well it has global sellability. The BBC announced that BBC4 would be showing a Canadian crime drama on BBC4 later in the year – Cardinal – for the very first time in this country. Now Canada’s national broadcaster, CBC, has launched a new crime series to great fanfare. It stars Oscar-winner Anna Paquin and is called Bellevue.
OK, so this review is a week late and I apologise. I had watched the double-billed opening a week before it showed on Sky Atlantic, but then life sort of got in the way. I wanted to post it though, because this Australian series was intriguing and odd and infuriating and everything else in between. But before all that… I come from the Midlands in England, where near to my hometown there’s a town called Kettering. With apologies to all its inhabitants, it’s nothing too much to write home about. So when I saw that there was a series on Sky Atlantic called The Kettering Incident, I wondered whether it was going tell the story of the time I ran out of petrol near the town when I was driving on my way back from Peterborough. But, of course, The Kettering Incident has nothing to do with Kettering, Leicestershire and has everything to do with Kettering, Tasmania.
ITV is having a busy-old day today. Not only has it revealed the transmission date – or at least confirmed – for series three of Broadchurch, it has also issued forth news of the transmission date for Prime Suspect 1973, the eagerly-awaited prequel to the landmark series, Prime Suspect. As with all these things, it’s about brand retention and giving what the fans want, but if Prime Suspect 1973 is anything like Endeavour has been this series, we’re in for a treat.
We knew it was on the horizon, likely to be sometime in February, and now ITV has confirmed the transmission date of series three of Broadchurch, the crime drama that, back when it first started back in 2013, changed the nature of British crime drama. Inspired itself by the Scandinavian boom a few years earlier, Broadchurch took a leaf out of The Killing’s book and told the story behind the story, mixing gripping whodunit procedural with the heart-rending stories of the families of the missing and the deceased. So it’s with excitement and intrigue that we now mark our diaries for series three.
I’ve been following the development of American Crime Story 2, and the way Ryan Murphy and his team have been selecting their subjects to explore. Series two, we know, will be based around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the effect it had on New Orleans, and will appear some time early next year. And, in the week that Annette Bening was confirmed to appear alongside Sara Paulson as governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, Ryan Murphy gave an interview yesterday where he confirmed the subjects for series three and four.