Broadcasters, production companies, and streaming outlets are all trying to maximise their returns on the remarkable amounts of money they’re sinking into making TV. So it will, I suspect, become increasingly common for shows to turn up on more than one platform.
Thus crime/mystery anthology drama The Sinner started off on the USA Network in America, jumped to Netflix there and in the UK, and as of tonight is being shown by BBC Four. This first season stars Jessica Biel as a woman who, in an apparently unprovoked and motiveless attack, stabs and kills a young man. It was sufficiently well received for Biel to net an Emmy nomination, and for the show itself to be renewed for a second season – already available on Netflix – with a substantially different case. I suspect it’s too late for us to review it week-by-week, but I’m planning to watch, even though BBC Four is sticking doggedly to its stupid-double-bills policy (tonight, 9pm).
And coming soon to UK screens: Madam Secretary, Bull, and perennial Unpopcult favourite Hawaii Five-0. More about them and other shows in due course.