The City and The City: a BBC mini-series based on China Mieville's novel


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On Monday I got a chance to preview the BBC's adaptation of China Mieville's 2009 novel THE CITY AND THE CITY, about a murder which takes place in two cities which cohabit the same spot in space/time. The first episode was excellent. They nailed the weird atmosphere of the novel brilliantly and David Morrissey was great, as he is in everything. The production value was also incredible (given it was filmed in Liverpool and Manchester, not a remote corner of Eastern Europe) and they sold the idea of the two cities which are in the same place but not really well, although the exposition at the start to get the idea across was a bit clunking. Once they got over that, it was much better.

The 4-part series is due to air next month in the UK. It's unclear who'll be handling the international distribution.

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Hadn't heard about this one! Looking forward to it in the US somewhere.


Trailers!

And an airdate: Friday 6 April in the UK. US release yet to be determined, but the DVD/Blu-Ray should be out around a month later.


If you're in the UK, the BBC has released all 4 episodes of THE CITY AND THE CITY online.

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