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The Americans (2013-2018) (2013)
Directors: Daniel Sackheim, Thomas Schlamme and Adam Arkin
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Richard Thomas, Susan Misner, Margo Martindale, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Lev Gorn, Alison Wright, Costa Ronin, Annet Mahendru, Maximiliano Hernandez and Noah Emmerich
Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government.
Creator: John McNamara
Starring: David Duchovny, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont, Claire Holt, Grey Damon, Chance Kelly, Michaela McManus and Brían F. O'Byrne
A gritty 1960s cop drama about a Los Angeles police sergeant who goes undercover to track small-time criminal and budding cult leader Charles Manson, seeking out vulnerable women to join his "cause" and the Manson Family, before their infamous murder spree.
Director: Harald Hamrell
Starring: Malin Arvidsson, Irene Lindh, Claes Ljungmark, Shanti Roney, Magnus Samuelsson, Matias Varela and Niklas Åkerfelt
Swedish crime thriller series about an elite team of detectives. Three Swedish financiers are murdered over three consecutive nights. Evidence suggests that the killings will continue and the world of finance is panicked. The police quickly set up a special unit under the leadership of Detective Jenny Hultin. She hand picks six police officers from across the country and they form the so-called A-group. Under enormous pressure they attempt to solve the case before more finance officers are murdered.
Director: Stuart Orme
Starring: Martin Clunes, Arsher Ali, Charles Edwards, Art Malik, Hattie Morahan, Emma Fielding, Alan McKenna, Conleth Hill, Pearl Chanda, Matthew Marsh, John Hollingworth and Ciarán Owens
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle recaptures his zest for life by pursuing and challenging a notorious miscarriage of justice.
Black Sails (2014)
Producer: Michael Bay
Directors: Steve Boyum, Lukas Ettlin, Neil Marshall, Sam Miller, Marc Munden, T.J. Scott, Clark Johnson, Alik Sakharov, Michael Nankin and Stefan Schwartz
Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Tom Hopper, Clara Paget, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Sean Cameron Michael, Louise Barnes, Rupert Penry-Jones and Mark Ryan
A prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island," "Black Sails" is a pirate adventure that centers on the tales of Captain Flint, who has a reputation throughout the West Indies as being the most brilliant, most feared of all the Golden Age pirates.
It's 1715 and, as Flint fights for the survival of New Providence Island - a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers - in the wake of threats from British and Spanish forces, he aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure his people's survival. But standing in the way are rival captains, Eleanor's intrusive father, and perhaps the bigger obstacle of all: John Silver, a young, fast-talking, authority-flouting sailor recently added to Flint's crew.
Creator: Olivier Marchal
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Joseph Malerba, Karole Rocher, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Geoffroy Thiebaut, Alain Figlarz, Joël Lefrançois, Samuel Le Bihan and Valérie Sibilia
Four police officers of the SDPJ Hauts-de-Seine: Eddie Caplan, Walter Morlighem, Theo Wachevski and Roxane Delgado have their lives turned upside down when their colleague, Max, committed suicide, following a case in which he is unfairly blamed. They then cross the "yellow line", not hesitating to circumvent the law to achieve their purposes in order to wash the honour of their friend Max.
Director: James Strong
Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Arthur Darvill, Matthew Gravelle, Jonathan Bailey, Carolyn Pickles, Pauline Quirke, Simone McAullay, David Bradley, Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Meera Syal, James D'Arcy and Eve Myles
The murder of a young boy in a small English coastal town brings a media frenzy which threatens to tear the community apart.
Creator: J.K. Rowling
Starring: Silas Carson, Joe Hurst, Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Julia McKenzie, Hetty Baynes, Sonny Ashbourne Serkis, Rory Kinnear, Lolita Chakrabarti, Rufus Jones, Emily Bevan, Simon McBurney, Abigail Lawrie, Richard Glover and Monica Dolan
The citizens of the small English town of Pagford fight for the spot on the parish council after councillor Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly.
Dracula (2013-2014) (2013)
Creator: Cole Haddon
Based on the novel 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann, Victoria Smurfit, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie, Katie McGrath and Robert Bathurst
Dracula travels to London, pretending to be an American entrepreneur with an interest in bringing modern science to Victorian England. The guise conceals the vampire's much darker plans for revenge against those who ruined his life centuries earlier. His plan hits a snag when he meets and falls deeply in love with a woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife.
Director: Kristoffer Nyholm
Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Juliet Stevenson, Timothy Spall, Eleanor Worthington-Cox and Fern Deacon
In August 1977 some terrifying and bizarre events took place in an ordinary house in Enfield, North London.
Based on the most-documented account of poltergeist activity in British history.
The Escape Artist (2013)
Director: Brian Welsh
Starring: David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Ashley Jensen, Sophie Okonedo, Roy Marsden, Anton Lesser, Monica Dolan, Stephen Wight, Tony Gardner, Patrick Ryecart, Michael Pennington, Michael Cochrane, Jeany Spark, Nicholas Woodeson, Kate Dickie, Gus Barry and Brid Brennan
Barrister Will Burton is known for never losing a case and getting criminals out of "tight legal corners". On the verge of applying for the title of Queen's Counsel, Burton agrees to defend murder suspect Liam Foyle, of whose innocence he is in some doubt. Having examined the evidence, he recognises a loophole and Foyle is acquitted on a technicality.
In revenge for a perceived slight from Burton, Foyle begins stalking Burton's wife and young son Jamie.
Creator: Jarl Emsell Larsen
Starring: Axel Bøyum, Anneke von der Lippe, Odin Waage, Per Kjerstad, Yngvild Støen Grotmol, Kim Sørensen, Yngve Berven, Ingjerd Egeberg, Reidar Sørensen, Bjørn Skagestad and Tobias Santelmann
Two 15 year old boys secretly meet up in the forest, only to witness a blood bath. They are seen, but escape trying to keep this as a secret, both in fear of the perpetrator and that their secret is revealed.
Directors: Sam Miller, Hettie Macdonald, Nick Hurran and Richard Laxton
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Gråbøl, Richard Dormer, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadaway, Verónica Echegui, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Sienna Guillory, Phoebe Nicholls, Ramon Tikaram, Darren Boyd and Johnny Harris
Fortitude is a town in the Arctic that is unlike any other place on Earth and the town has never been the site of a violent crime. That changes, though, when a research scientist is killed, which leads to an investigation that prompts police officers begin to suspect and mistrust one another.
The Game (2014-2015) (2014)
Directors: Niall MacCormick and Daniel O'Hara
Starring: Tom Hughes, Brian Cox, Victoria Hamilton, Shaun Dooley, Paul Ritter, Jonathan Aris, Chloe Pirrie, Judy Parfitt, Rachael Stirling, Steven Mackintosh, Anton Lesser, Richard McCabe, Tim Bentinck, Zana Marjanovic, Yevgeni Sitokhin, Marcel Iures, Gemma Chan, Jay Simpson, Craig Conway, Scott Handy, Alistair Petrie and David Verrey
A Cold War spy thriller that tells the story of invisible wars fought by MI5.
Directors: Stefano Sollima, Claudio Cupellini and Francesca Comencini
Starring: Salvatore Esposito, Marco D'Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Marco Palvetti, Christian Giroso, Domenico Balsamo, Carmine Monaco, Giovanni Buselli, Alessio Gallo and Emanuele Vicorito
Gomorra is set in the suburbs of Naples, focusing on the Savastano organised crime family. Its head controls the main distribution of drugs in its territory, ordering parlay from smaller gangs. Threatened by an overseas rival, Don Pietro Savastano orders his henchmen Attilio and Ciro to intimidate rival ganglord Salvatore Conte in one of the most fearsome ways describable. The attack results in a bitter feud between the gangs, leaving many dead on both sides.
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Michael Fassbender, Catherine McCormack, Tim McInnerny, Clémence Poésy, Kevin McKidd, Sira Stampe, Richard Coyle, Richard Harrington, Sam Troughton, Emilia Fox, Daniela Nardini, Gary Lewis, Paul Nicholls, Julian Firth and Steven Duffy
Chronicling the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.
Creator: Ed Thomas
Starring: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Hannah Daniel, Aneirin Hughes, Alex Harries and Mark Lewis Jones
A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption.
Director: Hugo Blick
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan Stephen Rea, Lubna Azabal, Katherine Parkinson and Janet McTeer
Drama centering on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in a international maelstrom when as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Director: Toby Haynes
Starring: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley, Alice Englert, Samuel West, Enzo Cilenti, Paul Kaye, Edward Hogg, Ariyon Bakare, Vincent Franklin, John Heffernan, Brian Pettifer, Richard Durden, Freddie Hogan, John Sessions, Clive Mantle and Phoebe Nicholls
With magic long since lost to England, two men are destined to bring it back: the reclusive Mr. Norrell and daring novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between two great minds.
Creator: Henrik Björn
Starring: Moa Gammel, Göran Ragnerstam, Richard Forsgren and Lia Boysen
Police detective Eva Thörnblad loses her daughter in the woods under suspicious circumstances. Seven years later she returns to her hometown where her daughter went missing. Now other children are vanishing.
Directors: Jesper Christensen, Heidi Maria Faisst, Pernilla August, Louise Friedberg and Mads Kamp Thulstrup
Starring: Trine Dyrholm, Jesper Christensen, Marie Bach Hansen and Carsten Bjørnlund
The death of a matriarch brings forgotten secrets out into the open and causes a prolonged battle for the family inheritance.
Directors: Douglas Mackinnon and David Caffrey
Starring: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, Neil Morrissey, Lennie James, Fiona Boylan, Kate Ashfield, Claire Keelan, Saffron Davies, Jordyn-Eve Davis Greene and Paul Higgins
A British anti-corruption unit called AC-12 investigates a Detective Chief Inspector's past.
Director: Cecillie A. Mosli
Starring: Jon Øigarden, Terje Strømdahl, Ingjerd Egeberg, Alexander Tunby Rosseland, Anna Bache-Wiig, Robert Skjærstad, Andrine Sæther, Nils Ole Oftebro, Lena Kristin Ellingsen and Vidar Sandem
Six-part Norwegian crime thriller following revered investigative newspaper journalist Peter Verås over the course of six days.
Peter discovers evidence of the goverment's involvement in financial fraud and, after receiving an anonymous tip, investigates further. However, as he gets closer to the truth the situation becomes life-threatening for him and his loved ones.
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Director: Todd Haynes
Based on the novel by James M. Cain
Starring: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Brían F. O'Byrne, Melissa Leo, James Le Gros and Mare Winningham
Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter Veda.
The Missing (2014-2016) (2014)
Director: Tom Shankland
Starring: James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Tchéky Karyo, Jason Flemyng, Émilie Dequenne, Saïd Taghmaoui, Titus De Voogdt, Arsher Ali, Anastasia Hille and Ken Stott
Drama following Tony, a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. Unable to accept that he may be dead, he spends years searching for him. Julien, the French detective who launched the search cannot shake the feeling that the Oliver may still be alive.
Penny Dreadful (2014)
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory, David Warner, Hannah Tointon, Alun Armstrong, Olly Alexander, Lorcan Cranitch, Anna Chancellor, Oliver Cotton, Henry Goodman and Simon Russell-Beale
British-American horror series set in the dark corners of Victorian London and featuring classic literary characters including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'.
Sir Malcolm Murray is an explorer who has lost his daughter to the city's creatures and he will do whatever is needed to get her back and to right past wrongs. His accomplice, seductive clairvoyant Vanessa Ives, recruits charming American Ethan Chandler to help locate Sir Malcolm's daughter and slay some monsters.
Director: Richard Laxton
Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Owen Teale, Sorcha Cusack, Michael Maloney, Eddie Marsan, Jim Norton and Lesley Manville
John River is a gifted police officer with a secret. As a man haunted by manifestations of the dead, including a tormenting killer, Thomas Cream and the murder victims whose secrets he must unlock, he walks a tightrope between maintaining respectability at work and managing his own fragile state of mind. His colleague and confidant, Detective Sergeant Jackie Stevie Stevenson lends River the emotional support he so badly needs, whilst his boss, Chief Inspector Chrissie Reid is conflicted between River s obvious talents and his evident problems.
Adrift in a London full of other exiled souls, River's own isolation helps him connect with the troubled victims who crash into his world, and to see the truth in ways his colleagues are drawn to admire and question, in equal measure. But as his long-held defences are eroded by love and loss, River is torn between the living and the dead; will he have to choose once and for all?
Rizzoli & Isles (2010-2016) (2010)
Creator: Janet Tamaro
Starring: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill, Lee Thompson Young, Lorraine Bracco, Brian Goodman, Michael Massee, Billy Burke, Tina Huang, Colin Egglesfield, Chris Vance, Donnie Wahlberg and Idara Victor
Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.
Creator: Frank van Mechelen
Starring: Filip Peeters, Koen De Bouw, Mike Verdrengh, Violet Braeckman and Lucas Van den Eynde
66 safe deposit boxes are robbed at a private bank in Brussels. The owners want to keep the thefts under wraps to avoid scandal but an incorruptible, old-school police inspector Paul Gerardi throws himself into the investigation. Gerardi discovers that the victims are members of a secret organisation called Salamander, a cabal made up of the country's industrial, financial, judicial and political elite, and the safe-deposit boxes contained their most intimate secrets – secrets which go back to World War II and could bring down the nation.
As he becomes the target of both the criminals and the authorities, Gerardi - at great personal cost - must quickly find out what their agenda is and who is behind the thefts.
Creators: Malcolm MacRury and Morwyn Brebner
Starring: Erica Durance, Julia Taylor Ross, Michael Shanks, Daniel Gillies and Wendy Crewson
A supernatural medical drama that centres around the lives of the doctors and nurses of Hope Zion Hospital.
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: Abi Morgan
Starring: John Simm, Anamaria Marinca, Maria Popistasu, Wendy Crewson, Robert Joy, Maury Chaykin, Chris Potter, Len Cariou, Barbara Eve Harris, Carlotta Natoli and Andre Prisecaru
The story of two young Moldovan sisters, kidnapped and trafficked through Romania, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Italy to the dark side of London, betrayed by pimps and police, and fighting for their lives. The reverberations of their story are explosive, exposing far-reaching corruption that implicates big business in America and international peacekeeping forces in Europe alike.
Creators: Alexandra Clert and Guy-Patrick Sainderichin
Starring: Caroline Proust, Grégory Fitoussi, Philippe Duclos, Fred Bianconi, Thierry Godard and Audrey Fleurot
French police drama with a twist. Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of a criminal investigation.
State of Play (2003) (2003)
Director: David Yates
Starring: David Morrissey, John Simm, Bill Nighy, Kelly MacDonald, James McAvoy, Polly Walker, Philip Glenister, Amelia Bullmore, Marc Warren, Benedict Wong, Michael Feast, Tom Burke, Sean Gilder, James Laurenson, Geraldine James, Stuart Goodwin, Shauna Macdonald, Michael Pennington and David Ryall
A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
Director: Justin Hardy
Starring: Ian McDiarmid, Tim Piggott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Kenneth Cranham, Sinéad Cusack, Bill Paterson, Mark Lewis Jones, Nicholas Asbury, James McArdle, Kate Ambler, Urs Remond, François-Eric Gendron, Rainer Sellien, Ludger Pistor and Bernhard Schütz
Drama chronicling the events that led to World War I, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on 28 June 1914 to the United Kingdom declaring war on Germany on 4 August 1914.
Director: Kasper Barfoed, Niels Nørløv Hansen and Birger Larsen
Starring: Laura Bach, Jakob Cedergren, Lars Mikkelsen and Lærke Winther Andersen
Criminal commissioner Katrina Ries Jensen and legal psychiatrist Thomas Schaeffer are part of a unique police unit within Copenhagen Police investigating a series of gruesome serial killings. In each case they face dangerous threats in the race to uncover the bizarre motives and patterns of the killer. Only once they have an understanding of the victims and of the killer s psychology can they hope to catch him.
Top of the Lake (2013-2017) (2013)
Directors: Jane Campion and Garth Davis
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan, David Wenham, Tom Wright, Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm
When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
Director: Andy Wolk
Starring: Patricia Heaton, Rick Roberts, Ernie Hudson, Isabella Fink and Peter Falk
In the small town of Seacliff, Washinton, a child's letter to Santa Claus captures the nation's attention. When the little boy, Chris, writes that he wishes to leave this world so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents, a race begins to find him before he harms himself.
Treme (2010-2013) (2010)
Directors: Anthony Hemingway, Ernest R. Dickerson and Agnieszka Holland
Starring: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo, Wendell Pierce, John Goodman, Steve Zahn, Michiel Huisman, Clarke Peters, Lucia Micarelli, David Morse, Elizabeth Ashley, Jon Seda and Chris Coy
Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.
True Detective (2014)
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Potts
A 1995 murder case is revisited 17 years later, calling into question the supposed solving of the crime by Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, and reopening old wounds related to the detectives' volatile partnership and personal lives. The inquiry unfolds in the present day through separate interrogations of the now former co-workers, who narrate the story of both the investigation and their lives, including why Cohle left Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division in 2002. As the timeline weaves between 1995 and 2012, Cohle and Hart are brought back to a world both thought they had left behind.
Creator: Chris Lang
Starring: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tom Austen, Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Tom Courtenay, Gemma Jones, Hannah Gordon, Peter Egan, Ruth Sheen, Claire Goose, Frances Tomelty, Cherie Lunghi, Tessa Peake-Jones, David Troughton and Struan Rodger
Police investigate when the bones of a young man are found under the footings of a demolished house, 39 years after his murder.
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