Netflix Unveils Plans for ‘Format-Bending’ Procedural

Nov 27, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Netflix has a police procedural in the works that tweaks the genre’s tried-and-true formula. The new series, “Criminal,” consists of 12 unique stories set in four different countries — and it takes place entirely in 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,” Netflix says in today’s announcement.

Showrunners on the series, set in the U.K., France, Germany and Spain, are George Kay (“Killing Eve,” “The Hour”) and Jim Field Smith (“Endeavour”). The 45-minute episodes will be in the local language, written and directed by talent from their respective countries.


George Kay (Writer, Co-Creator & Executive Producer) and Jim Field Smith (Director, Co-Creator & Executive Producer)


Frederic Mermoud (Writer, Director & Co Executive Producer) (Spiral, The Returned), Antonin Martin-Hilbert (Writer) (Nina, Black Spot) & Mathieu Missoffe (writer) (Black Spot, Profilage)


Oliver Hirschbiegel (Director & Co Executive Producer) (Four Blocks, Downfall), Bernd Lange (Writer) (Das Verschwinden) & Sebastian Heeg (Co-Writer) (Blaumacher)


Mariano Barroso (Director & Co Executive Producer) (El día de mañana, Todas las mujeres, éxtasis), Alejandro Hernández (Writer) (El autor, El día de mañana) and Manuel Martín Cuenca (Writer) (El autor, Caníbal).

All 12 episodes of “Criminal” will film at Netflix’s production hub at Ciudad de la Tele in Madrid.

“Criminal” is an Idiotlamp Production for Netflix.

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