Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Double Billingham

Tonight will bring the U.S. TV debut of Thorne, a British-made adaptation of author Mark Billingham’s Detective Inspector Tom Thorne novels, starring David Morrissey.

When Thorne was shown on Sky1 in the UK last fall, it rolled out over six weekly episodes. However, premium channel Encore has scheduled the show to run just two nights. This evening’s presentation will be Thorne: Sleepyhead (an adaptation of Billingham’s first, 2001 Thorne book), while tomorrow night’s follow-up will be Thorne: Scaredy Cat. Omnimystery News has a description of each episode.

Both shows are set to begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

I don’t find anything online about Sky1 continuing Thorne beyond these first two adaptations. But Billingham dropped me a brief note this morning, in which he writes: “Hopefully, there will be more TV to come as the BBC here has optioned my earlier standalone, In the Dark, and the forthcoming standalone, Rush of Blood.”

It’s only too bad that I don’t subscribe to Encore TV, so will have to miss this week’s showing of Thorne. I see, though, that the mini-series is available in an all-regions Blu-ray set, so there’s an opportunity to appreciate it sometime in the near future.

READ MORE:A Conversation with Mark Billingham,” by Michael Connelly (Mulholland Books); “A Conversation with Mark Billingham, Part II,” by Michael Connelly (Mulholland Books).

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