American audiences eager to see the television adaptation of China Miéville’s The City and the City can take a look at an exclusive clip ahead of the North American premiere. The series premiered earlier this year on the BBC, and will be available in the U.S. via the streaming service BritBox. While it might seem as though adding yet another streaming service to your list of subscriptions is an iffy proposition, it’s probably a no brainer for Anglophiles living in the U.S.
As far as The City in the City is concerned, the series takes a hardboiled approach to the standard police procedural, but with a speculative fiction twist. In this particular story, Inspector Tydor Borlú (David Morrissey) is investigating the gruesome murder of a foreign student, a young woman connected to the growing political turmoil between twin cities, Besźel and Ul Quoma. And that’s where the story becomes unlike most other police procedurals, as Besźel and Ul Quoma aren’t like Minneapolis and St. Paul, instead they actually both occupy the same physical space, despite being two completely separate cities.
It’s a head-scratcher to be sure, but one that provides a truly original setting in which a not-not-quite standard murder mystery can unfold. And with former Walking Dead star David Morrissey in the lead role, City and the City should make for a fascinating watch for U.S. viewers. Check out an exclusive look at the series and read a synopsis below:
“The City And The City - (U.S. Premiere) In the TV adaptation of British author China Miéville’s acclaimed novel, The City And The City stars The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey as Inspector Borlu, a member of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Besźel, as he takes on the case of a murdered foreign student. It seems to be just another run of the mill case until he discovers evidence that the dead girl had been visiting a forbidden twin city, leading him on a wild hunt for the truth. This compelling thriller stars co-stars Christian Camargo (The Hurt Locker), and Robert Firth (Snowden).”
The series certainly has the look and feel of a hardboiled crime drama, with its smoky interiors and low lighting, but as a concept, it’s much more exciting. City and the City will likely be of particular interest to fans of Starz’s inter-dimensional espionage series Counterpart, which is similar in concept and execution. If anything, subscribers will find this a satisfying binge-watch for the upcoming holiday weekend.
The City and the City will be available on BritBox starting November 21.