Spanish crime drama The Pier in the pipeline

Spanish crime drama is really cooking at the moment, and another series is set to enter the world. Álvaro Morte will star in ‘polygamous mystery drama’ El Embarcadero (The Pier). The eight-part series tells the story of high-profile architect Álexandra (Verónica Sánchez) who, shattered by the suicide of her husband Oscar, discovers he had been leading…

Elite renewed for a second series by Netflix

The Spanish high-school- set Elite – which has just been and gone on Netflix – is getting a second bite of the cherry. The streaming giant has announced that the series will return next year for a series numero dos. Series one saw a clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing…

Netfix green-lights two foreign-language crime dramas

And Netflix keeps on keeping on. The world-dominating streaming service has green-lit Nowhere Man, its first Mandarin-language original. It tells the story of brotherhood, Taiwanese gangsters and jailbreak. It marks the first collaboration between Joseph Chang and Alyssa Chia as well as cast including Mavis Fan, Bo-Chieh Wang, Jeremy Liu, Zhou Ming-Fu and Greg Hsu. And…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E5&6/6)

In the week that saw Spanish actor Willy Toldeo arrested and detained for questioning after “ridiculing the Virgin Mary and God” on social media, you might be tempted to pontificate on the history of religion in society when mixed with the law – especially in the context of how the remainder of The Plague played…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E3&4/6)

Seville is shut down this week in historical crime drama The Plague when the illness forces the council to close its borders as La Peste rages through the city like a wildfire; amidst the dead and dying a serial killer is still on the loose and unlikely duo Mateo and Valerio must find the murderer…

REVIEW: The Plague (S1 E1&2/6)

Historical crime drama is something of a rare treat these days – we barely ever exit the Nineteenth Century normally for our more ‘classical’ TV series in the West – so it was with great interest I heard the BBC had picked up La Peste (The Plague), Telefonica’s smash-hit serial-killer drama set in Spain circa…

Spanish crime drama, Hierro, coming in 2019

Spanish drama – and especially crime drama – has been getting some traction in the UK in the past few years, and now a new series is coming our way in 2019. Global distributor, Banijay, has picked up the rights to Hierro, an eight-part series that takes place on a secluded island in the Canary…

BBC Four confirms transmission date for Spanish crime drama La Peste

And now for something completely different. We know that beneath the umbrella of crime drama, a whole host of different variants gather: there are procedurals, there are psychological thrillers, there are whydunits, there are spy thrillers, gangster stories… and historical thrillers. BBC Four, known for its Scandinavian crime dramas set in the present day, has…

Netflix greenlights Spanish heroin trafficking drama

Streaming behemoth Netflix has enjoyed huge success with its drug cartel drama, Narcos, and now we hear the service has jumped on for another drug-based drama… this time from Spain. Deadline reports that it has greenlit the eight-part series, Hache. The drama, which was created by Cuéntame and El Príncipe writer Verónica Fernández and is based on a…