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That’s one show we wouldn’t want to miss!
*Contains some spoilers if you’ve yet to watch series 1 of Hannibal* Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel Red Dragon changed the landscape of crime fiction, establishing the forensic procedural as a sub-genre and introducing Dr Hannibal Lecter. The charismatic serial killer was first played on-screen by Brian Cox in Michael Mann’s cult 1986 film Manhunter, but he became a cultural phenomenon with Harris’s 1988 sequel The Silence of the Lambs and Jonathan Demme’s multiple Oscar-winning 1991 film adaptation – which of course gave Anthony Hopkins his defining role.
Saunas, pastries, flat-packed furniture. There are certain things that the folk over in Scandinavia produce better than anywhere else in the world. And if the last few years of literary and televisual output is anything to go by, we can add crime fiction to that list. Steig Larsson and Jo Nesbo lead the way in print, of course. But on the telly? Programmes like Wallander, The Bridge and The Killing are already stone cold box set classics, proving so popular that they’ve spawned a whole host of remakes.
Alan Davies will return to our screens for a three episode run.
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