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The Criminal trailer is here and it's the new Netflix show you'll be hooked on. David Tennant is back. Amongst the MANY epic Netflix shows released this Autumn, the one to have on your radar is Criminal. The police interrogation drama starring David Tennant and Hayley Atwell is the hit new police drama set to give Line of Duty a run for its money and we can't wait! It is possibly one of Netflix's most ambitious projects to date. Filmed in four languages across four different countries (France, Spain, Germany and the UK), the crime series comprises of 12 different stories, all of which take place within the confines of a police interrogation room. It has been described by Netflix as a "stripped-down, cat-and-mouse drama" that "focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects." Further details on the 12 stories are yet to be released. David Tennant leads the UK cast alongside Avengers star Hayley Attwell and Clare-Hope Ashitey who starred in Doctor Foster. To top it off, Line of Duty's Rochenda Sandall and Lee Ingleby will be bringing their police expertise to the series. Stars from the other casts include Sara Giraudeau and Jeremie Renier for France, Carmen Machi and Eduard Fernandez for Spain and Peter Kurth and Christian Berkel for the German episodes. In the first franchise trailer dropped by Netflix, we are introduced to the various cases and characters covered in the show, all of which are located in the interrogation room. If this teaser is anything to go by, Criminal looks like the perfect mash-up of all our favorite crime series (and there are A LOT of them). While each episode is written and directed by different individuals from their respective countries, the overall series producers are Eve's George Kay and Endeavour's Jim Field Smith. This can only mean one thing: the world is going to be Villanelle-style hooked. All 12 episodes will be aired on Netflix on 20th September. Oh, the tease! (British Glamour)
Female Representation on TV Inches Toward Parity, Study Finds. According to the new Boxed In report from San Diego State, women represented 45 percent of television characters and nearly a third of crew behind the scenes. After hovering in the low 40s for the past several years, the percentage of speaking as well as major characters on TV who are women ticked up to 45 percent in 2018-19, the new Boxed In report from San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film has revealed. The report also found that women represented 31 percent of those working behind the scenes as creators, directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers, the highest share recorded in the study's 22-year history (the previous high was 28 percent in 2016-17). "It is heartening to see moderate but widespread gains for female characters and women working behind the scenes this year, but we need to consider the numbers within the larger context of women's employment in television," executive director Martha Lauzen said in a statement, noting that women's share of TV directors rose from 17 to 26 percent this past season. "However, men continue to direct the vast majority of programs. In this context, 'historic high' still means that men outnumber women 3 to 1 in this role." Although a quarter of creators and 30 percent of executive producers were women, 77 percent had no female creators or editors, 79 percent no female directors and 96 percent no female cinematographers. Per usual, programs with women in leadership roles tended to hire more women. "Employing women in these roles boosts women's representation in other behind-the-scenes roles, and the numbers of female characters on screen," Lauzen added. "For example, on programs with at least one-woman creator, women accounted for 65 percent of writers versus 19 percent on programs with no women creators." The researchers analyzed drama, comedy and reality shows across broadcast networks, basic (A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Bravo, Discovery, Disney, E!, Freeform, FX, HGTV, History, Nickelodeon, TBS, TLC, TNT and USA) and premium (HBO and Showtime) cablers and streaming services (Amazon, Hulu, Netflix) that aired between September 2018 to this May, tracking more than 5,100 characters and 5,000 behind-the-scenes credits for this year's report. In total, Boxed In has examined more than 43,000 characters and 55,000 behind-the-scenes credits. (Hollywood Reporter)
BBC's The Capture is the new Bodyguard fix we've all been waiting for. Autumn TV is back and better than ever. Has any TV series been as all-consuming as last year's smash-hit drama Bodyguard? Absolutely not - until now. Enter: The Capture, BBC's pacy new six-part crime thriller. The series focuses on former British solider Sean who is released from prison after being wrongly convicted for murder in Afghanistan, but on his first night as a free man, he is involved in disturbing CCTV footage that threatens to jeopardize his freedom. Starring Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner, The Capture exposes the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services and the troubling world of fake news. As facial recognition technology becomes more and more advanced, this series taps into one of the biggest conversations of today. These are the best TV crime dramas coming to your screen later this year. True to Jedd Mercurio's Bodyguard, The Capture explores similar themes of terrorism and intelligence operations. It also delivers attention-grabbing action and drama in epic proportions. In the first episode, Sean is accused of assaulting and kidnapping his barrister Hannah after they are caught canoodling on CCTV, a claim which he vehemently denies. With the show largely taking place through surveillance cameras, viewers were left questioning whether the footage had been tampered with. Is Sean guilty? Is he a victim of conspiracy? You'll have to tune in to find out. The best new TV shows to look forward to this Autumn. Twitter fans went wild comparing The Capture to Bodyguard. "I know it's early days.. but I'm just going to put it out there and say that I think the capture on bbc1 is going to be up there with the bodyguard" one user wrote, while another hailed the show "as good as the levels of Bodyguard." Suspense, drama and complex characters, The Capture has got it all. Now all you've got to do is put your life on hold every Tuesday for the next six weeks or forever wonder what the world is raving about. (British Glamour)