(Above: Robson Green and Hermione Norris in ‘Wire in the Blood’. Screenshot from The Video Detective)
Since 1995’s The Mermaids Singing, psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan have tracked down serial killers in 10 suspense novels by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid. From 2002 to 2005, the characters also held forth in 11 episodes of Wire in The Blood on Britain’s ITV.
Seven of those episodes (the series’ first two seasons) premiere today on subscription streamer Acorn TV.
Robson Green (Grantchester) stars as Hill and Hermione Norris (Cold Feet) as Carol Jordan.
Norris left the series after its third season, with the Jordan character getting written out of the show. Another three seasons and 13 episodes were produced without her through 2008. (Jordan was replaced by another female detective, played by Bad Girls’ Simone Lahbib.)
Acorn TV promises to add all the remaining episodes at a later date.
McDermid fans can also find a three-part 2008 ITV adaptation of her standalone novel, Place of Execution, on Acorn TV. The miniseries, set in both 1963 and some 40 years later, follows a present-day journalist whose attempt to finish a documentary about the decades-old disappearance of a young girl runs into interference from the original detective on the case.
Non-subscriber? Acorn TV costs $4.99 monthly or $49.99 for a year, with a seven-day free trial. You can stream Acorn online, and on Apple TV, Roku, iOS, Android or Chromecast. For more info, visit acorn.tv.
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