There’s no question about it, Dexter was one of the best crime dramas of all time (at least the first three or four series), and Michael C Hall – already a favourite thanks to his performance in the sublime Six Feet Under – cemented his place as one of the world’s best actors. Now, preparing for the launch of Harlan Coben’s Safe on Netflix, he gave hope to millions of Dexter fans around the world.
Acclaimed screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst’s work is currently on our screens, having adapted two Mark Billingham novels for the BBC’s In The Dark series (see a review of episode one, here), and now he’s announced that he’s involved in a new project for Netflix, teaming up with another best-selling crime novelist, Harlan Coben, for a new crime drama series starring Dexter’s brilliant Michael C Hall.
The multi-million bestselling author, Harlan Coben, enjoyed his first foray into the world of TV with The Five – it was a glossy, fast-paced, twisty-turny whodunnity style thriller about a group of friends with hidden secrets whose worlds were shaken by the reemergence of a childhood friend long thought to be dead. It did well for Sky, and now the author has teamed up with the network again to make a follow-up series, albeit another stand-alone story.
Tomorrow night sees the first ever TV show from the mind of Harlan Coben – the award-winning, best-selling crime fiction legend. Coben collaborated with Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless) to tell the story of a group of friends whose lives are turned upside down when a tragic incident from their childhood suddenly comes back to haunt them. When a missing boy’s DNA turns up at a crime scene, 20 years after his mysterious disappearance, his older brother Mark (Tom Cullen) and childhood friends Danny (O-T Fagbenle), Pru (Sarah Solemani) and Slade (Lee Ingleby) are forced come to terms with the fact that Jesse could be back. They were the last people to see Jesse alive all those years ago and dark secrets from the past are about to be unearthed. I managed to get Harlan on the telephone today for a quick chat, and this is what he told me…
We’re back to full throttle this week, with no less than three new series starting up, which, allied to what’s already out there, gives us crime drama options every night of the week. Which is great for our appetite, but not so great for our social lives. Look out, then, for brand Scott & Bailey, The Tunnel and Harlan Coben’s The Five. Lots!
It really is all happening, Brian. There’s so much crime drama around lately – and some of it really good – that we’re going to have to figure out a way of leaving the house and consuming fresh oxygen. The latest is The Five, hit crime novelist Harlan Coben’s first ever TV drama, which is coming to Sky1 in April. There’s a trailer and the confirmed transmission date after the jump.
One of the series I’m looking forward to most in the upcoming autumn/winter is Sky’s The Five – international best seller Harlan Coben’s first foray into television. Coben, who knocks out novels like clockwork, is joining up with Shameless’s Danny Brocklehurst to produce this intriguing-sounding thriller. And now he’s confirmed the main players in the cast and there are some brilliant people involved. More details after the jump…