Netflix collection Criminal, a crime procedural drama set almost entirely inside a police interrogation room, is returning for a second season.
The show stars an entirely new pair of guest-stars — including Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington — who each play a suspected criminal who is under investigation by the police.
The new episodes were shot in January, before lockdown, with most of the primary cast returning to the show’s second excursion.
The series blends tight, the lineup of Duty-type police interrogation scenes with office politics and (the suggestion of) love, with an emphasis on one criminal or crime per feature-length episode.
Here is everything you need to know about Criminal season two.
When is Criminal period 2 release on Netflix?
The series won fans Because of Its Distinctive premise (Netflix)
We have not got long to wait in any way, with the new show confirmed to be released on Wednesday, September 16 on Netflix.
While the first season dropped with three international variations, just the UK series was renewed for the second season for the time being.
However, series creator Jim Field Smith has expressed an interest in continuing the French, Spanish and German versions at a later date.
Who is in the cast of Criminal season two?
Criminal marks Kit Harington’s first Significant TV role since Game of Thrones (Netflix)
Also as our returning detectives, every episode of Criminal concentrates on one specific suspect who guests stars.
Season 2 has brought some A-Listers to take part, with Kit Harington top the most recent cohort in his first significant television role because of Game of Thrones.
Elsewhere, Oscar-nominated actress Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Hollow Crown), Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan, and The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar will also feature.
What do we know about Criminal Season 2
Season 1 of the series was considered entirely original within the genre because it encouraged viewers to translate a defendant’s behaviour determine their guilt or innocence, right down to the way they are changing in their chair, fiddling with pens, or even abruptly putting their jumper onto (see episode 1 with David Tennant).
It all bears significance and contains a more profound sense, and judging by trailer images released by Netflix today it seems as though season 2 will be the same, with the same intense focus on the interrogators and the interview room.
Show-runners Jim Field Smith and George Kay have previously spoken about the structure of the show, explaining that it’s designed to make you question your own prejudices. According to Kay, the defendant’s outward appearance; their emphasis, the way they speak, their position, or their perfect steam-ironed shirt is “encouraging your prejudice”.
So will these variables affect your verdict? David Tennant’s Doctor Fallon is accused of killing his 14-year-old stepdaughter, but because he’s so clipped and glistening, he couldn’t possibly be guilty of such a heinous offence. Could he?
“It is incredibly freeing because there is no car chase, or crime scene,” Kay explained. “It’s really about what else how someone responds when someone puts down a photo facing them, or when the air conditioning in the room goes off. It becomes about the surroundings and the individual interaction between the cops and deceives.
“Normally what we’ve done in a crime play could be one scene in a crime drama, but we’ve spun it into the entire show. The twists must come from something aside from finding a bit of evidence, it must come from human behaviour. The growth of an eyebrow, the change in breathing. These things that seem small, suddenly become huge in the series.”