Crime

Jenna Coleman joins new BBC and Netflix crime drama The Serpent

Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber (Credit: BBC)

They join Tahar Rahim (The Looming Tower) who will play real life serial killer Charles Sobhraj, one of the most evasive criminals of the 20th century.

The series, written by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay, follows Sobhraj’s murderous spree, which was estimated to have taken place between 1975 and 1976 across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’.

He was the chief suspect in almost 20 unsolved murders of young Western travellers during this time and by 1976 was Interpol’s most wanted man, with arrest warrants on three different continents.

Reboot of Bergerac is in development

John Nettles

Set on the island of Jersey, the original series ran from 1981 to 1991 and followed unorthodox detective sergeant Jim Bergerac (John Nettles), a recovering alcoholic, as he solved crimes and later became a private investigator.

The series was so popular it ran for nine seasons and brought tourists to Jersey to visit the beautiful locations seen on the show, making local landmarks widely recognisable.

Bergerac is being revived by Artists Studio, Endemol Shine UK and Westward Studios.

Killian Scott and Sarah Greene lead new BBC drama Dublin Murders

Killian Scott and Sarah Greene (Credit: BBC)

Inspired by Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels, the series follows detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene).

It sees the pair attempt to solve the murders of a young ballerina and a vivacious free-spirited woman.

Set during the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom, the two murders, seemingly unrelated, are revealed to be connected through the cruel elements in both cases.

UKTV announces true crime series exploring notorious murder cases

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Detectives: My Killer Case explores some of Britain’s most notorious murder cases, following detectives as they recount their most haunting investigations.

The series reveals the stories of Britain’s most notorious female psychopath serial killers, as well as the case of the Suffolk Strangler.

Using police footage and expert evidence, the murder crime series offers an insight into how these infamous crimes were solved by the lead detectives.

Luke Pasqualino and Rupert Grint to star in Snatch on AMC

The ten part drama series is loosely based on the gritty 2000 film of the same name about a real life heist in London, which starred Brad Pitt and Vinnie Jones. 

Luke Pasqualino stars as sharp cockney Albert Hill, who is finding his feet in his family of criminals. He and a group of young hustlers are thrown into the world of organised crime after stumbling upon a truck full of stolen gold bullion. 

Rupert Grint plays Hill's partner-in-crime Charlie Cavendish, an intelligent and well-spoken gentleman who seems to bring chaos with him.  

UKTV announces new crime drama Frankie Drake Mysteries

Set in 1920s Toronto, the drama follows female-only private detective agency Drake Private Detectives which takes on cases the police do not want. 

Private Investigator Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith - The L Word), alongside her associate Trudy (Chantel Riley - Race), takes on cases from gospel church choirs to the elite private parties in Toronto.

British actor Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis) is set to star in the series as Drake’s confidante, Greg Miller.