Umberto Eco’s 1980 debut novel, The Name Of The Rose, went on to become a huge literary hit, and then a hit on the big screen in 1986 in a movie adaptation starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. With the annual MIPCOM media fest currently happening in Cannes and news dripping out every day, we’ve learned that a new television is in the works, starring John Turturro, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his brilliant work in The Night Of.
I spent pretty much the whole of Friday watching Netflix’s Mindhunter – the streaming service’s fantastic foray into the serial killer genre. This genre has been littered with doozies over the years – from Dexter to Hannibal – and it looks likely we’re going to get another series that explore further our grim fascination with these mass murderers.
Another big week in the crime drama universe. Mindhunter – Netflix’s next big crime series starts up on Friday, with all episodes available to stream. Elsewhere, Danish series Norskov starts on Channel 4 (then transfers over to All4/Walter Presents). With continuing episodes of Rellik, Liar and The Deuce et al, it’s another busy week. Enjoy!
Tana French has always been regarded as an excellent crime writer, winning awards hither and thither. The American-born, Irish author has written six novels based in Dublin, and featuring the fictional Dublin Murder Squad. Now we hear that the BBC has hired the brilliant Sarah Phelps to adapt them into a series for television.
Things roll along, as usual, this week, with new episodes of Black Lake, Rellik and Liar, among others, but the thing that’s piquing my interest is the start of David Simon’s new series on Sky Atlantic. Not necessarily an out-and-out crime drama, per se, but a series about crime and those who live within it. Simon worked with crime writer collaborators George Pelecanos and Megan Abbott, so expect stories from the tough New York streets of the early 1970s. Enjoy!
It’s pretty much as you were this week, with lots of continuing series – Rellik, Liar, Black Lake et al – that will rumble on for a few weeks yet. There is one new series – the first ever Chilean series to appear on British television. Fugitives will debut on Channel 4 but will then, I’m pretty sure, head on over to Walter Presents. Enjoy!
It seems that every subscription service, every streaming site and every TV network is picking up new content at the moment and it’s difficult to keep up with what’s going where and how you can watch these things. Netflix? Amazon? iPlayer? Now TV? Apple TV? The list goes on. Not content with being left on the sidelines, cable operator Virgin Media is now firmly in the game with its own on-demand service, having signed up Ash vs Evil Dead and Imposters. Now it has snapped up a US crime drama.