Netflix announces format-bending multi-national original series, CRIMINAL


Netflix has today announced a revolutionary multi-national original drama series, CRIMINAL. A police procedural with a unique premise, it takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama will focus on the intense mental conflict between the police detectives and the suspect in question.

The debut season comprises of 12 unique stories set in 4 different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. These episodes will be made in local language, written and directed by talent from their respective countries. All 12 episodes will film on a purpose built set at Netflix’s production hub at Ciudad de la Tele in Madrid.

CRIMINAL’s creators and executive producers are writer George Kay (Killing Eve, The Hour) and director Jim Field Smith (Endeavour, The Wrong Mans). The show is an Idiotlamp production for Netflix. 

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

For Germany, the creative team includes Oliver Hirschbiegel (Director & Co Executive Producer) (Four Blocks, Downfall), Bernd Lange (Writer) (Das Verschwinden) and Sebastian Heeg (Co-Writer) (Blaumacher) make up the 

In Spain, the team includes Mariano Barroso (Director) (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).

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 130 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Idiotlamp

Idiotlamp was founded by director Jim Field Smith and writer George Kay, friends and collaborators since their teens. Initially focussing on drama and comedy projects created by the duo – such as STAG, the acclaimed BBC mini-series – the company now has an expanding slate of film and TV projects in Europe and the US.

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