Netflix’s Criminal to star David Tennant and Line of Duty villain

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David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Rochenda Sandall are among the killer cast of Netflix’s new procedural drama Criminal and we can’t wait.

Filling the Line of Duty shaped hole in our lives, the 12-part crime series takes place entirely within the confines of the police interview suite across four different countries and will be arriving on 20 September.

Netflix has managed to get some pretty huge names on board for the UK’s portion of the show, which will be directed by Jim Field Smith and looks to explore the ‘stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama’ between detectives and criminals.

David Tennant is set to star in the series, making a return to the detective drama genre six years since he originated the role of DI Alec Hardy in ITV’s Broadchurch.

Marvel star Hayley Atwell will also appear in the show, along with Youssef Kerkour, who recently played refugee Sami in Rufus Jones’ comedy Home and Netflix fave Clare-Hope Ashitey, star of Seven Seconds.

The regular cast also looks pretty amazing, with Katherine Kelly, Nicholas Pinnock, Mark Stanley and Shubham Saraf all set to star.

Line of Duty superfans will also spot series four’s Lee Ingleby among the cast, as well as everyone’s favourite baddie Rochenda Sandall, who played gangster Lisa McQueen in the most recent series.

The show will also look at police proceedings in France, Spain and Germany, with each episode telling a different story written and directed by the country’s finest talent and starring its biggest actors.

Each episode will be recorded in the country’s original language, with viewers from around the world able to dub the speech or use subtitles based on their viewing preferences. 

Criminal is set to be a huge hit when it drops in September, thanks not only to its impressive British cast, but the popularity of foreign language dramas on the streaming platform.

German language thriller Dark has been called the country’s answer to Stranger Things and its second series has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes since dropping in June.

Meanwhile, criminal drama Money Heist – or La Casa de Papel in its native Spanish – smashed records across the world when it returned for its third series in June. 

More than 34 million accounts watched the show in its opening week, making it the most watched non-English language show on the platform and one of Netflix’s biggest exports of any language.

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