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…

Review: I Know Who You Are (S2 E3&4/6), Saturday 11th November, BBC Four

These two episodes took us over the half-way point in this insane Spanish series, and there was very definitely a sense that the Elías-Castro family was beginning to implode. In fact, these two episodes could and should have been subtitled ‘Reap What You Sow’, because things were starting to move and get sorted out, but…