The show presents 12 different crime stories, most of which take place in separate interrogation rooms. So far, everything seems relatively ordinary, right?
But there's a twist: they're divided over four countries: Spain, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, with each episode presenting a distinct story.
A man investigating one man and a woman in an investigation room in the 'criminal' Netflix poster
With this new Netflixcrime drama starring David Tennant is unlike anything we've ever seen, Netflixis certainly attempting to revolutionize the criminal genre, bringing in some pretty big names for the UK half, which will be helmed by Jim Field Smith.
Criminal is the brainchild of George Kay, the creator of Killing Eve, and it is expected to breathe new life into the cat-and-mouse drama.
The cast is one of the key reasons I'll be watching. Rochenda Sandall, Youssef Kerkour, Marvel star Hayley Atwell, and, last but not least, David Tennant, the best actor in the world, will all be included in the three cases set in the United Kingdom.
By the way, when will Mr. Tennant be knighted? The Doctor Who legend has already proven to be a huge selling point for Netflix viewers, thanks to his magnificent beard, wonderful Scottish accent, and nice looks.
A bearded man wearing a blue sweater sitting at the table
The show has been dubbed a "stripped down cat-and-mouse drama" by Netflix, with the focus on “the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question”. Each of the four countries will feature talent from its own country, demonstrating its uniqueness once more, and each episode will be in its own language.
The director of the Spanish episodes explained to Variety:
“The police and the accused behave differently in different countries since they come from different cultures, and that for me was very enriching, innovative, original”.
Because each episode takes place inside an interrogation room, observation booth, and corridor, it will have to rely on cultural variations to keep things interesting.
The trailer for the three cases in the United Kingdom depicts David Tennant being probed by police for the death of his adolescent stepdaughter. But his persona refuses to divulge any information, responding to every inquiry with "no comment." Doctor Who as an assassin!? From saving the universe as an extraterrestrial to protecting a village as a detective to murdering his adolescent stepdaughter, he's done it all.
That was quite an arc.
A bearded man and a girl wearing a blue shirt sitting at the investigation table
Every episode of Criminal is self-contained. Meaning, Netflix viewers can start watching at any point and not get lost, but the recommended Criminal watch order is the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Germany. Criminal: the UK is the ideal place to start if you're looking for a broad tone-setter.
CRIMINAL Trailer (2019) David Tennant, Netflix Drama Series