Criminal is a new series on the way at Netflix that’s set to put a fascinating spin on the near-primordial format of the ‘police procedural’.

The show will take place exclusively within one room – a police interview suite – and will cover stories happening in four separate countries within its 12-episode first season. Netflix has pitched it as a “stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama” that will focus on “the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question.”

Criminal cast

A stellar cast has been revealed for the upcoming series:

There’s a job lot of first images from the series in our gallery above – just click on the main image up there to have a look. 

The stars for the UK episodes are David Tennant, Hayley Atwell, Youssef Kerkour, and Clare-Hope Ashitey. The French instalments will feature Nathalie Baye, Jérémie Renier, Sara Giraudeau. The German stars are Peter Kurth, Christian Berkel, Deniz Arora and Nina Hoss, while the Spanish episodes boast Carmen Machi, Inma Cuesta, Eduard Fernández, Emma Suárez and Álvaro Cervantes.

Criminal release date

Criminal will arrive on Netflix UK on Friday September 20th.

Criminal crew

The streaming giant has rounded up quite a team to pull this gamble off. The UK episodes boast the duo of George Kay (Killing Eve) and Jim Field Smith (Endeavour), whilst the French episodes will be written and directed by the likes of Frederic Mermoud (Spiral, The Returned), Antonin Martin-Hilbert (Nina) and Mathieu Missoffe (Profilage). Meanwhile, the German-set episodes will be directed by Downfall‘s Oliver Hirschbiegel. In the Spanish episodes, Mariano Barroso (El día de mañana, Éxtasis) will direct, with Alejandro Hernández and Manuel Martín Cuenca (El autor) penning the scripts.

Each country’s story will play out over three episodes.

Honestly, they had us at ‘an entire series set in one room.’ Though technically, it’ll be four rooms. You know what we mean.


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