Leafing through the Sundays at Villa Past Offences, our Devonshire country residence (temporary), I have picked up a number of classic crime TV hints and tips for the autumn and winter. Hover over your video’s record button for the following:
If Partners in Crime hasn’t put you off Agatha Christie television, look out for And Then There Were None, which features a ‘a stellar ensemble cast’ – Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor and that half-naked bloke Aidan Turner.
Providing some more seasonal employment for less-stellar actors, BBC1 will be showing a drama based on Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone. I can’t find much out about this, apart from the information that it will be a series of three one-hour episodes. There was talk when the programme was announced back in 2012 that Sergeant Cuff would be dragged into the 21st century a la Sherlock, but we’ll see.
Speaking of the Great Detective, the Christmas special of Sherlock is already-famously set back in the Victorian era. Here’s hoping for a wild goose-chase. If you get me.
BBC4 will be showing Beck in September, according to my informant at The Killing Times. The BBC says:
Based on the characters of the hugely popular Martin Beck detective series of novels by Swedish husband-and-wife writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Beck sees the much-loved detective brought to life on the small screen. Following the fortunes of enigmatic and extremely methodical detective Martin Beck and his partner, the irascible, impulsive Gunvald Larsson, Beck is arguably the originator of what has become known as Scandinavian crime: the good-cop, bad-cop partnership which went on to form the modern crime-fighting blueprint.
Also up, a five-part version of Len Deighton’s counter-factual police procedural SS-GB, written by Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Len Deighton’s SS-GB is a brilliant tale of espionage that dares to think the unthinkable, and we are very excited to be adapting it for television.
And finally (not classic crime, but probably interesting), a new Jekyll and Hyde by Charlie Higson.