Watch James Nesbitt in the Trailer for 'Bloodlands'

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The trailer for the new crime drama Bloodlands has arrived, in which The Missing star James Nesbitt plays a veteran Irish detective who must dig into his own dark past to hunt for the serial killer who murdered his wife. And - despite the fact that it's yet another drama at least partially framed around the hole a dead woman left behind - it looks rather tense and thrilling, all told. 

The four-part series comes from executive producer Jed Mercurio, the man behind such recent hits as Line of Duty and Bodyguard, and features a script penned by newcomer Chris Brandon

When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of the sea, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance - a series of mysterious disappearances over 20 years ago during a dark period in Northern Ireland history. Bloodlands follows his obsessive campaign to identify and unmask the semi-mythical figure behind these events: “Goliath" - code-named after the giant Samson and Goliath shipyard cranes that dominate the Belfast skyline - in an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher. 

This intriguing thriller is full of vivid characters, with a twisting and compelling narrative focused on a sympathetic central figure in Nesbitt's Tom Brannick, a man who embodies so many of the contradictions and conflicts of his world. 

Watch the BBC trailer for the series below. 


Nesbitt is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Derry Girls star Ian McElhinneyTop Boy's Lisa DwanLuther's Michael SmileyThe Dig's Lorcan Cranitch, Ripper Street's Charlene McKenna, and more. 

Bloodlands will air on BBC One in the U.K. in the coming weeks before arriving in America this March on streaming service Acorn TV, where new episodes will drop weekly. 

Will you be making a date with Bloodlands this spring? Let us know in the comments.

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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