BBC Picks Up Crime Thriller The Turkish Detective


The BBC has acquired the new crime thriller The Turkish Detective, an eight-part adaptation of Barbara Nadel’s Inspector Ikmen novels, from Paramount Global Content Distribution.

The series follows Inspector Çetin Ikmen, played by Haluk Bilginer (Baba), and his two partners as they solve crimes in modern-day Istanbul. Each crime story is heavily rooted in the varied culture and history of the city.

Ethan Kai (Killing Eve) and Yasemin Kay Allen (The Usual Suspects) star alongside Bilginer.

The Turkish Detective is produced by Ay Yapim. It is written by Ben Schiffer (Skins) and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Schiffer and Arden Oplev also executive produce, alongside include Kerem Çatay and Claire Sowerby-Sheppard.

BBC has picked up the series to stream on BBC iPlayer and air on TV later this year.

“From the moment I opened Barbara Nadel’s novel, I fell in love with the unique, iconic character of Inspector Ikmen,” Schiffer said. “A beacon of hope and humor in a dark, difficult world, I’m so delighted that he and our show, a blend of emotionally charged mystery and family drama, has found a home at the BBC.”

Sue Deeks, head of BBC program acquisition, commented, “Not only does The Turkish Detective provide a compelling, multilayered crime thriller, but it is set in stunning Istanbul, a vibrant contemporary city that also reflects the cultural influences of a rich and varied historical past. It’s a truly fascinating combination.”