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Netflix has ordered Criminal, a new global police procedural drama set in four European countries.


The premise of Criminal is that the stripped down, cat-and-mouse cop drama takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite, focusing on the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question.

The series will consist of twelve episodes — three each set in France, Spain, Germany, and the UK — produced in the local language and written and directed by talent from their respective countries.

George Kay (Killing Eve, The Hour) and Jim Field Smith (Endeavour, The Wrong Mans) are the series co-creators, executive producers, and showrunners. Kay will write the three UK episodes and Field Smith will direct them.

The team for the episodes set in France includes writer, director, and co-executive producer Frédéric Mermoud (Spiral, The Returned), and writers Antonin Martin-Hilbert (Nina, Black Spot) and Mathieu Missoffe (Black Spot, Profilage).

The episodes set in Germany will be directed and co-executive produced by Oliver Hirschbiegel (4 Blocks, Downfall), written by Bernd Lange (Das Verschwinden), and co-written by Sebastian Heeg (Blaumacher).

And the team for the episodes set in Spain are director and co-executive producer Mariano Barroso (El día de mañana, Todas las mujeres), and writers Alejandro Hernández (La línea invisible, Los nuestros) and Manuel Martín Cuenca (El autor, Caníbal).

All twelve episodes of Criminal, an Idiotlamp Production for Netflix, will film at Netflix’s production hub at Ciudad de la Tele in Madrid.

Stay tuned for updates.


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Criminal: Netflix’s New “Format-Bending” International Police Procedural
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