Cardinal review – so cold even the murderers need snowsuits

The unforgiving chill of Northern Ontario brings a touch of Scandi-noir class to the familiar plots of murder, kidnap and unfulfilled sexual tensions in this quality detective drama

If, like me, you are a media consumer of a certain age and have come late to the Canadian crime drama Cardinal (BBC Two), let me save you a few minutes of distraction as the question niggles at the back of your atrophying mind. John Cardinal, Algonquin Bay’s stoic, rugged detective – currently grieving for his wife, Catherine (murdered last series by a rogue psychologist), and haunted by his inability to avert her death – is played by Billy Campbell. Yes, the Rocketeer. Yes, we have lived so long.

Matched by an equally strong, understated performance from Karine Vanasse as his Quebecois partner Lise Delorme, he is embarking on a fourth series – adapted from the novels by Giles Blunt – of slow, serious sleuthing against the breathtaking snow-covered backdrop of Northern Ontario.

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The unforgiving chill of Northern Ontario brings a touch of Scandi-noir class to the familiar plots of murder, kidnap and unfulfilled sexual tensions in this quality detective dramaIf, like me, you are a media consumer of a certain age and have come late to the Canadian crime drama Cardinal (BBC Two), let me save you a few minutes of distraction as the question niggles at the back of your atrophying mind. John Cardinal, Algonquin Bay’s stoic, rugged detective – currently grieving for his wife, Catherine (murdered last series by a rogue psychologist), and haunted by his inability to avert her death – is played by Billy Campbell. Yes, the Rocketeer. Yes, we have lived so long.Matched by an equally strong, understated performance from Karine Vanasse as his Quebecois partner Lise Delorme, he is embarking on a fourth series – adapted from the novels by Giles Blunt – of slow, serious sleuthing against the breathtaking snow-covered backdrop of Northern Ontario. Continue reading…

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