crime drama

Gritty Canadian drama Cardinal heads to BBC Four

Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, The Killing) is the eponymous star of the series, who joins forces with Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, Revenge) to hunt down a vicious serial killer in the icy wastes of a small Northern Ontario town.

Adapted from Giles Blunt’s award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first in the John Cardinal series, the six-part drama will air later this year.

Highland crime drama comes to BBC One

Credit: BBC

One of Us will explore morality and human nature, as the lines between right and wrong become blurred.

It is set in the wake of the murder of two childhood sweethearts  just after their honeymoon.

Their families, living in the remote Highland village of Braeston, are shell-shocked when the murderer arrives on their doorstep the night after the killing.

BBC commissions a second series of Happy Valley

Crime drama Happy Valley will be returning to screens later this year after being commissioned for a second series.

The Yorkshire-based six-part drama starring Sarah Lancashire focuses on a police sergeant searching for a kidnapped girl.

Happy Valley attracted an average of 7.2 million viewers during its first season, with its final episode in series one attracting 7.8 million.

Lancashire won the Female Actor award at the RTS Programme Awards in March this year.  

ITV’s big drama: Television speaks to drama boss Steve November

Steve November

On 18 September 2016, Steve November has a problem. At 9:00pm that night, the slot arrives in ITV’s schedule that would normally be filled by the season premiere of Downton Abbey.

As Director of Drama for the ITV network, November has to find a replacement – Downton is ending, with the last ever episode to air this coming Christmas Day. And, given Downton’s blockbuster ratings performance, it’s going to be a fiendishly difficult act to follow.