New TV show solves crime across borders

2013-10-21 18:00
Crossing Lines
Cape Town - The TV industry is saturated with the detective series – from CSI to The Mentalist to Castle, but Crossing Lines takes the crime solving formula to a global scale.

A team of multinational specialists work for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes committed across borders in the European Union. The team is headed up by French Captain Louis Daniel (Marc Lavoine) who is trying to cope with the assassination of his young son and his wife’s grief, while another American detective Carl Hickman (William Fichtner) is nursing an injury with morphine and moving on from a professional betrayal back in the US.

The team answers to ICC Inspector Michel Dorn, who is played by the award-winning Donald Sutherland. Although the type of crimes are similar to those of local crimes, their international element causes havoc surrounding jurisdiction and shows how a pattern in crimes go unnoticed because the police of different countries don’t talk to each other.

The series was shot across Europe, most of which was shot in the Netherlands and France, and the different nationalities of the cast gives the series a wide audience. Although Lavoine, Sutherland and Fichtner are definitely the glue that keeps the show together, with some brilliant moments from the Irish tactician played by eye-candy Richard Flood, the rest of the cast’s acting can be wooden at times as they are still trying to find their sync.

Despite this, the writers of the show have luckily stayed away from the current trend of quirky/self-obsessed/Sherlock Holmes-style detectives whose incomprehensible yet genius methods catch the bad guys. The Crossing Lines writers have kept the detectives mostly normal/real with the usual tragic background story.

The plots hold well and it’s no surprise that Crossing Lines have already been renewed for a second season for Sony’s global channel portfolio and will air in South Africa next year. For season one, Sony will air a double bill of the first two episodes on Tuesday at 20:55 on DStv channel 127.

Watch the trailer for Crossing Lines below:

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