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​Netflix’s Next Big Crime Thriller Criminal Hits Screens This Month

​Netflix’s Next Big Crime Thriller Criminal Hits Screens This Month

Criminal is released on Netflix on 20 September

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

Netflix has a 'revolutionary' new crime thriller up its sleeve, exploring how drama plays out within the intense setting of a police interview room - which acts as the only backdrop for the entire series.

In the trailer, which gives off a slight Mindhunter-meets-Black Mirror vibe, we meet some of the characters we'll encounter across the 12 episodes (including a heavily bearded, world-weary David Tennant).

Before you think you've seen it all before - the dimly lit interrogation set-up, the good cop, bad cop trope - with Criminal we're promised a refreshing twist on the usual format.

The 12-part series, which is released online this month, will be set exclusively within the setting of a police interview room, but will take us to four different European countries.

Telling 12 unique crime stories, the show will jump from the UK to Spain, France and Germany, with three episodes set in each.

"12 unique crime stories, 4 countries, one chance to uncover the truth," the programme's tagline reads.

New Netflix series Criminal is set entirely within the confines of a police interrogation room.

It comes from showrunners George Kay (Killing Eve, The Hour) and Jim Field Smith (Endeavour, The Wrong Mans) and stars David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Emma Suárez, among others.

The official synopsis offers: "Psychological games abound between detectives and suspects in a tense interrogation room, where the search for answers sometimes comes at a moral cost - Criminal is a police procedural with a unique premise: it takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite.

"This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama will focus on the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question."

Given that Netflix users are obssessed with all things crime - true or otherwise - it's hardly surprising that the hype is already building for Criminal ahead of its release later this month.

One person tweeted: "I'm so intrigued and curious about this series."

Someone else wrote: "Criminal (a new Netflix original series) looks really damn awesome, the concept of getting all these criminality stories from all these 4 countries and uniting it for one series is f***ing amazing and I love it."

Another said: "David Tennant and Hayley Atwell. I will only say that I'M IN, Netflix."

A fourth added: "Criminal on Netflix seems so good."

Criminal is released on Netflix on 20 September.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, crime, Netflix