Monday 18 December 2017

Fan of Making A Murderer and True Detective? HBO's crime drama The Night Of is your newest obsession

Riz Ahmed and and John Turturro in HBO's The Night Of. Photo: HBO
Riz Ahmed and and John Turturro in HBO's The Night Of. Photo: HBO

Sasha Brady

If you're a fan of crime shows like Making A Murderer, The Jinx, True Detective and even Law and Order (hello SVU!) then you're in for a treat with HBO's latest drama series.

On Sunday, HBO premiered a new eight-episode series called The Night Of.

It deals with the mystery surrounding the murder of a young woman and the Pakistani man accused of committing it and focuses on themes of race, class and the American criminal justice system - providing viewers with plenty of watercooler discussions post-episode.

It's the type of meaty miniseries that HBO is famed for and the episode titles are loaded with literary and religious episodes that give unveil clues about the series (but we won't go into that now because SPOILERS!).

Andrea (Sofia Black D'Elia) in The Night Of. Photo: HBO
Andrea (Sofia Black D'Elia) in The Night Of. Photo: HBO

The show, which is based on the BBC's Criminal Justice, is directed by Steven Zaillian (Oscar-winning screenwriter of Schindler's List) and stars John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Jason Bourne, Star Wars: Rogue One), as well as Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid).

Basically, all the big names. A who's who of incredible New York character actors.

Tuturro's role originally went to James Gandolfini, who was expected to star and produce the show until his death in 2013. The late Sopranos star, who was a longtime friend of Turturro's, is still credited as an executive producer.

It's shot in New York and the directors went to great lengths to make The Night Of as realistic as possible because the setting is so central to the plot.

Speaking at an advance screening in April, reported that Zaillian told the audience: "We shot everything in New York. Every interior, every exterior, for 150 days. And it shows. You can’t fake it in Toronto. I’m really proud of that. I’m proud to have made a New York movie... We shot everywhere. We shot at the courthouse. We shot at the prisons. We shot in the subway."

The buzz is already strong and the reviews are glowing so we're expecting good things from this one. It's arriving in the wake of Making A Murderer and NPR's Serial podcast so we imagine this is going to become the next 'true' crime experience that armchair detectives can obsesses over.

We can't wait for the fan theories.

The Night Of airs in the US on Sundays at 9pm and will be screened on Sky Atlantic in autumn.

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