The six part series will will air later in 2017.
“I’m delighted to expand BBC Four’s hugely popular international drama range with our first Canadian drama series, Cardinal. Further to the recently announced Spanish drama I Know Who You Are and returning hits such as Follow The Money, Inspector Montalbano and Spiral, BBC Four remains the home of high quality, high stakes international drama on British television in 2017.” – Cassian Harrison, Controller of BBC Four
Cardinal follows Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) as they join forces to hunt down a killer in a small Northern Ontario town.
Adapted from author Giles Blunt’s award-winning Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries book series, Cardinal is written for television by Audrey Nealon and Russ Cochrane. The series was acquired by BBC Four from Entertainment One (eOne).
Demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn’t let go, John Cardinal is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of a missing teenager is discovered, proving his instincts correct. Back on the case, Cardinal’s search for the murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer.
Meanwhile, he must right past wrongs that threaten to derail the investigation and end his whole career – all whilst keeping a watchful eye on his new partner Lise. Does she have a secret agenda of her own?
BBC Four has recently added overseas dramas to its schedules, including the announcement last month the channel is to air the ten-part Spanish thriller, I Know Who You Are. Channel 4 launched Walter Presents in early 2016 which has proved a hit for the broadcaster with programmes such as Deutschland 83 which became the UK’s highest rated foreign-language drama in television history.
“Set in the bleakly beautiful Northern Ontario winter landscape, Cardinal is a finely nuanced, atmospheric thriller which is completely gripping from beginning to end.” – Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition