There is a dearth of film selections in theatres, so I have turned to Netflix to satisfy my craving for crime, scintillating serial killers and tenacious detectives on Netflix; you have asked, and since management aims to please, here are a few of my favorite television dramas:
WITHOUT EXCEPTION, FOYLE’S WAR, WRITTEN BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ, STANDS ISOLATED, AS THE FINEST SERIES I HAVE EVER VIEWED!
BROADCHURCH: BRITISH. Detectives, Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller (phenomenal duo, David Tennant and Olivia Coleman) investigate the murder of a nine-year-old boy. Intense drama, brilliant writing have pushed the compelling town of “Broadchurch” into its third and final season.
CASE: ICELAND. An obvious suicide leads to the sordid underbelly in Reykjavik’s teenage culture; thrilling discoveries will captivate and imprison your attention for its entirety .
THE FALL: Takes place in Northern Ireland, starring inimitable Gillian Anderson as a seasoned, emotionless detective tracking a merciless serial killer (Jamie Dornan of “50 Shades of Gray”, gives a remarkable depiction of a loving family man who enjoys stalking and inexorable killing of high-powered, young women); never a tension-free moment. Wanted this to have remained unsolved, uncaught for a second season.
THE FOLLOWING: U.S. Kevin Bacon and James Pruefoy are overwhelming wonderful as F.B.I. agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon) and literary killer Joe Carroll (Pruefoy); their brilliantly honed skills gift viewers two of the most complex and fascinating protagonists in TV’s cat and mouse pairings. A powerful supporting cast, prescient writing and direction soak each episode with spine-tingling electricity.
MARCELLA: BRITISH. Anna Friel is mesmerizing as a retired detective, returning to work after her husband takes an unwanted exit; tightly wrought with an infusion of murder, greed, heady family dynamics, and dangerous memory lapses. The pulsating intelligence of this series will hook you from the onset.
WALLENDER: SWEDISH/BRITISH. Seeing the British version with Kenneth Branagh was vastly entertaining; he is a flawed, dazzling detective with uncanny deductive powers, haunted by a family history of Alzheimer’s.
Samples of titillation to keep you and your couch engagingly entwined.