LONDON — Cult European crime dramas “The Killing,” the Danish show being remade by Fox in the U.S., and “Spiral,” a French police procedural, form part of upscale U.K. web BBC 4’s new schedule.
The shows were announced Wednesday as part of the channel’s lineup for the spring and summer.
BBC 4 also airs two different Swedish-language versions of another cult cop show, “Wallander.”
Original fiction for the months ahead include “We’ll Take Manhattan,” the story of the relationship between iconic blue-collar British photographer David Bailey and Sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton, played by Karen Gillan, who has starred in “Doctor Who.”
From Sixties cool to the heart of the British establishment, the heir to British throne, Prince Charles, makes a rare appearance as a TV presenter.
He fronts a feature-length docu on English composer Hubert Parry, best known for writing the choral song “Jerusalem,” “The Prince and the Composer.”
Another celebrity presenter featured in the new season is thesp Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the corp.’s contempo reworking of Sherlock Holmes, “Sherlock,” and now appearing in a new legit version of “Frankenstein” helmed by Danny Boyle at the National Theater.
On BBC4 Cumberbatch anchors a docu to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright and screenwriter Terence Rattigan, “Rattigan,” creator of such plays as “Separate Tables” and “The Winslow Boy.”
The web’s controller Richard Klein said: “BBC Four provides enriching television for the discerning viewer, and this season is no exception, bursting with purpose, proposition and passion.”