The next stop for me at yesterday’s excellent Killer Women Crime Writing Festival was the panel session comprising some big names from the world of crime fiction and crime drama, which was obviously a good fit for this site. Entitled ‘Serial Thrillers’ it was hosted by Colette McBeth and asked questions about what it takes to adapt something for TV.
We love a bit of Shetland here at The Killing Times, that extremely watchable adaptation of Ann Cleeves’s bestselling novels starring Douglas Henshall. And, judging by the way our readers voted for it in the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, so do many of you out there, too. We weren’t quite sure whether the series would be commissioned for a third series, only because series two didn’t do as well as its first and we all know how impatient TV people are. But Ann herself tweeted something out this afternoon that gladdened our heart.
We’re onto the fourth and final quarter-final today, which sees Denmark’s The Killing (which breezed through the group stages) take on Scotland’s Shetland. Shetland edged out Wales’ Hinterland for a place in the quarters, and now it has to step up its game even further to try and dislodge one of the favourites. Can it cause on upset?
So we trundle on in the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, and yesterday Spiral eased through a tough group top of the table and unbeaten. Now we move onto Group B, where there’s a tasty fixture in the offing: Sweden’s The Bridge takes on Scotland’s Shetland. Could there be the tournament’s first big upset on the cards?
The Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama continues today with a return to Group B, to catch up with Scotland’s Shetland and Germany’s Cenk Batu. Shetland kicked off its campaign with an impressive victory over Hinterland in its opening game. Now it’s back in the spotlight for the Scottish representative, with a match-up it should, on paper, win relatively easily.
So far in the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, all the big favourites have scored resounding victories. Today we return to Group B (the home of Spiral and The Fall, no less) for a really tasty-looking fixture between Wales’ Hinterland and Scotland’s Shetland. Yes, it’s a battle between two Celtic countries and a battle that’s too close to call.
It’s a big week in crime drama, not only because the likes of quality fare like Happy Valley, Vera, Shetland and Trapped continue, but also because two new intriguing series start this week. The People v O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story is pure headline, event TV – one of those series with a top-line cast that you just know will be an addictive watch – while, on the flipside, BBC2’s One Child is lower key but equally as intriguing.