Netflix’s Criminal is a police procedural drama with a twist – the action takes place exclusively within the confines of an interrogation room. This requires you to put on your best Miss Marple game face to observe the suspects closely as though you were one of the detectives leading the interview.
The first series was split into three episodes set in four separate territories – the UK, France, Germany and Spain – with the crème de la crème of actors from each country leading the drama.
In August, Netflix announced the crime drama is back for a second season, and you haven’t got long to wait as it drops on the streaming platform later this month. Here’s everything you need to know about season two of Criminal…
What do we know about Criminal S2?
Season 1 of the show was considered completely original within the genre because it invited viewers to interpret a suspect’s behaviour ascertain their guilt or innocence, right down to the way they are shifting in their chair, fiddling with pens, or even suddenly putting their jumper on (see episode 1 with David Tennant).
All of it bears significance and has a deeper meaning, and judging by preview images released by Netflix today it looks as though season 2 will be the same, with the same intense focus on the interrogators and the interview room.
Show-runners Jim Field Smith and George Kay have previously spoken about the format of the show, explaining that it’s designed to make you question your own prejudices. According to Kay, the suspect’s outward appearance; their accent, the way they speak, their posture, or even their immaculate steam-ironed shirt are “inviting your prejudice”.
So will these factors sway your verdict? David Tennant’s Doctor Fallon is accused of murdering his 14-year-old stepdaughter, but because he’s so clipped and polished, he couldn’t possibly be guilty of such a heinous crime. Could he?
“It’s incredibly freeing because there’s no car chase, or crime scene,” Kay explained. “It’s actually about everything else. How someone reacts when someone puts a photo down in front of them, or when the air conditioning in the room goes off. It becomes about the environment and the human interaction between the cops and deceives.
“Normally what we’ve done in a crime drama would be one scene in a crime drama, but we’ve spun it into the whole show. The twists have to come from something other than finding a piece of evidence, it has to come from human behaviour. The rise of an eyebrow, the change in breathing. These things that seem so small, suddenly become vast in the show.”
Who has been cast in Criminal S2?
Season 1 of the the UK series featured Katherine Kelly, Line of Duty’s Rochenda Sandall, Nicholas Pinnock, Shubham Saraf, and Lee Ingleby as the team of police officers, while David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Youssef Kerkour starred as the suspects.
There hasn’t been much change to the central cast of police officers, but four brand new suspects have been announced – Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, comedian, writer and Catastrophe actor Sharon Horgan, Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo and The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar. It marks Kit’s first big TV role since Game of Thrones finished last year.
When is Criminal S2 being released?
The second series of Criminal lands on Netflix on 16th September.
Series 1 of Criminal is available to stream on Netflix now.
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