Sometimes, a good crime procedural just needs a little twist…like taking place in a physical space that, not one, but two cities occupy. That’s what is central to the upcoming miniseries The City and the City, based on the 2010 novel of the same name by British author China Miéville. While the four-part show already had aired in the BBC earlier this year in April, it’s soon set to premiere here in the states on the anglophile-worthy streaming service BritBox on November 21st. The synopsis is as follows:
Inspector Tyador Borlú (Played by David Morrissey) of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Beszel, investigates the murder of a student from Beszel’s twin-city of Ul Qoman – which occupies the same space but is perceived differently.
Another element is the people of these two cities can’t talk or even recognize the existence of each other due to rules created by a mysterious force long ago. Honestly, the show sounds like something pretty mind-bending, somewhat of a mix between the show Fringe, the film Dark City, and current Starz show Counterpart. A potent combination of science fiction that has it’s back against the wall of realism but that shiver of something strange hiding beneath the service.
While we still have 5 days before US audiences can view the miniseries, to get any fan excited of such stories, an exclusive clip was released today on Screen Rant. Check it out below: