Gritty crime dramas are two a plenty on our TV screens, but the latest offering – Spotless – looks like being a bit different. Set in London, the drama has been described as “off-beat, sexy, dark, and irreverent”, which should appeal to anyone looking for something a bit different to the usual CSI fare. So what is Spotless all about anyway?
Spotless is directed by Pascal Chaumeil and produced in collaboration with French production company, Canal+, so audiences can expect lots of European grittiness and style. Marc-André Grondin and Denis Ménochet have been cast in the main leads, but Brendan Coyle is taking time out from Downton Abbey to appear in the drama and Miranda Raison of Silk and My Week With Marilyn fame also has a key role. Marc-André Grondin is a Canadian actor best known for his role in C.R.A.Z.Y., whereas Denis Ménochet hails from France, with previous roles in the Quentin Tarantino movie, Inglourious Basterds and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood to his name – both look set to become household names in the UK if the drama is as successful as producers expect it to be.
The story revolves around two brothers: Jean and Martin. One of them works as a crime scene cleaner, enjoying a nice orderly life; the other is an outlaw living on the fringes of normal society. Unfortunately for the first one, his prodigal sibling drops back into his life and drags them both into a nightmare world of organised crime and anarchy.
Details of the story are sketchy as preliminary work on the series has only just begun. However, viewers can expect lots of dark humour, drama, and violent scenes as the characters struggle to deal with the problems of dysfunctional family life, dastardly business deals, and a shared destiny that probably doesn’t have a happy ending.
So, if you like your prime time drama to feature lots of blood, visceral violence, and prosthetic teeth, set against a backdrop of gangsters, corruption and death, keep your ear to the ground for a release date. This one looks set to be a keeper!