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Belfast, the new capital of TV 'crime noir'

As series three of crime drama Marcella ends, Bloodlands grips TV viewers and an increasing number of crime fiction writers emerge from here, has Belfast become the capital of 'crime noir', asks Maureen Coleman

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Big hit: Lorcan Cranitch as Jackie Twomey and James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick in Bloodlands

Big hit: Lorcan Cranitch as Jackie Twomey and James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick in Bloodlands

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Anna Friel as Marcella Backland

Anna Friel as Marcella Backland

Claire Allan

Claire Allan

Local crime writer Kelly Creighton

Local crime writer Kelly Creighton

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Big hit: Lorcan Cranitch as Jackie Twomey and James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick in Bloodlands

The austere beauty and bleakness of the Northern Irish landscape provides the perfect backdrop for the BBC's latest thriller Bloodlands.

In his first foray into television and crime noir, writer Chris Brandon says the idea for the drama, starring James Nesbitt as a detective forced to face his past when he is sent on the hunt for a mythical assassin, came from a 'distinct sense of place'.

Having spent part of his life growing up in Strangford, Brandon's imagination was sparked by the 'scarred and sodden hillsides, windswept islands and bouldered shorelines' and the story he set out to tell was of a man whose journey was linked to the land.


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