Adam Hamdy looks at some upcoming TV highlights
Adam Hamdy, author of PENDULUM - soon to be a major TV series for NBC Universal, screenwriter and filmmaker looks at some upcoming TV highlights...
Posted on March 9, 2017 in Film/TV Adaptations, Guest Author
Tags: Adam Hamdy, Author Content, Bosch, Freefall, Line of Duty, Making a Murderer, Mayans MC, Sons of Anarchy, TV, Twin Peaks, pendulum
Only three months in to 2017 and already bad-news fatigue is setting in. For those seeking a break from the relentless horror show of missiles tests in North Korea, famine in Yemen and paranoia in the White House, the good news is that 2017 promises plenty of opportunities to binge on some edge-of-your-seat crime drama.
Having gripped audiences on BBC Two, the fourth in the hugely successful Line of Duty series will step up to BBC One later this year. The third series of the drama, which focused on a controversial police anti-corruption unit, was the highest-rating BBC Two drama series since the current measuring system began, with the thrilling series finale delivering a consolidated 5.6 million viewers. While plot details for series four are under wraps, it has been revealed that Bafta-winner Thandie Newton will star, playing DCI Roz Huntley, the unit’s ‘most devious opponent yet’.
J.K. Rowling fans are keenly awaiting the BBC screen debut of Cormoran Strike, based on her series of Sunday Times bestselling crime novels written as Robert Galbraith. The Strike series – The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil – will be produced as three separate event dramas. Strike, a war veteran and SIB investigator turned private detective, will be played by Tom Burke, best known to audiences as Fedor Dolokhov in the BBC’s epic War and Peace.
Expect more idiosyncratic sleuthing with the news that Amazon is bringing back Bosch for a third season. Based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling Harry Bosch novels about a tough jazz-loving LAPD cop, the first two series proved a firm favourite with viewers, delivering an early win for Amazon’s strategy to develop original content. The new ten-episode season will draw on Connelly’s The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night novels, with the outstanding Titus Welliver playing the eponymous Bosch.
It’s not just crime novels that inspire small-screen crime in 2017. Two years ago, Netflix viewers were hooked by a ten-part documentary exploring a real-life case and possible miscarriage of justice. Making a Murderer revisited the conviction of Wisconsin man Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were found guilty of murder despite a trial that left many unanswered questions and cast doubt on their guilt. Two years on, the film-makers have returned to Wisconsin to explore the latest developments and the emotional toll of the pair’s time in prison.
And while it’s not yet at series stage, fans of FX’s breakout hit, Sons of Anarchy, are getting very excited that the channel has now ordered a pilot for spin-off project, Mayans MC. Sons of Anarchy co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James co-wrote the pilot script, which is set in a post-Jax Teller world and focuses on the Mayan MC charter, which featured in the original motorcycle club drama series.
Finally, a quarter of a century after its last episode aired, cult hit Twin Peaks is set to return to our screens. Often ranked as one of the greatest TV shows ever made, the David Lynch and Mark Frost creation had a surreal, unsettling tone, making it not just a critical and commercial success in 1990 but also an enduring cultural phenomenon. Now Sky Atlantic has revived the show, with a new series due to air in May with Frost and Lynch still in charge. Decades after the investigation into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer, the FBI receives a dossier on the killing, re-opening the case. Familiar faces from the original are set to return, including Special Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan. ‘Highly anticipated’ doesn’t do it justice.
Adam Hamdy is an author, screenwriteer and filmmaker who has worked with producers and studios on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to his own original work, Adam has adapted a number of comic books and novels for the screen, including a forthcoming film version of David Mitchell’s novel, Number9Dream.