The detective series is an adaptation of the Nordic crime novels by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen and will star Matthew Goode of Watchmen, Downton Abbey and The Crown alongside Kelly Macdonald of Trainspotting and Disney’s Brave

East Lothian Courier: Matthew Goode will lead the show. Image: PA

Matthew Goode will lead the show. Image: PA (Image: PA)

The show follows a former top-rated detective (Goode) in Edinburgh who is assigned to a new cold case but is wracked with guilt following an attack that left a fellow policeman dead and his partner paralysed.

It is not known how many scenes will be filmed in the county, nor how prominently it will feature.

East Lothian Courier: The show stars Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald

The show stars Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (Image: Newsquest)

In a letter informing residents of the filming, the production team said: “We have some planned exterior filming on both nights. This will involve a car driving down Ware Road and up to Lysander House. For this filming we will have lights in the surrounding fields. These may cause attention as the land surrounding is very flat, so I would think these will be seen from quite a way away.

“Access to Yellowcraig Beach and car park will be kept open at all times to the public, but we have made arrangements with East Lothian Council to park some vehicles in the car park.”

It is not yet known when the series will be available on Netflix.

Other confirmed cast members include Chloe Pirrie (Black Mirror), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) and Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter franchise).



Indie filmmaker Matt Brown recently directed Freud’s Last Session, based on the stage play of the same name. It’s a thought-provoking film that envisions an intriguing fictional encounter between two intellectual giants, Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, portrayed by the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins and the talented Matthew Goode, respectively.

The play itself draws its inspiration from Armand M. Nicholi’s renowned book, The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex and the Meaning of Life, effectively encapsulating the essence of the film’s storyline.

In a candid conversation with Casting Networks, Brown —who previously directed The Man Who Knew Infinity starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel— delves into the intricacies of casting his lead actors, collaborating with his trusted casting director and the unique experience of directing one of the greatest living actors in the industry today.

Your film is about two very famous figures in history. How do you begin to assemble actors to play historical figures Freud and C.S. Lewis?

I go with the best actor. Looks matter to a degree but I think it’s trying to find the right actor. Casting the role of Freud, there were a ton of actors we could have considered. You always have that one actor who is your dream casting. Very rarely has it been my experience that that dream comes true.

How did you get Anthony Hopkins for that role?

Anthony Hopkins is a very, very special person, actor, musician and painter. He’s just a genius. We tried to get him. He read the script but was in the midst of shooting The Father and politely passed. Then I did some more work on the script and came back to him about a year and a half later, maybe two years later. For whatever reason, he decided this time to engage. I felt like I won the lottery.

What about Matthew Goode as C.S. Lewis?

I was looking at pictures of C.S. Lewis, which goes back to what you said about looks. C.S. Lewis looked so much different in his late thirties than he did as we know him historically later in life, which was a chubby bald man. But he drank, smoked many cigarettes and had a lot of trauma and PTSD. So, he aged rather poorly. I don’t mean to be offensive to somebody who’s long gone, but he didn’t age well.

In your film, this is C.S. Lewis before the effects of aging.

He was quite dashing and handsome when he was in his twenties and thirties and he actually looked a bit like Matthew. So that was in our favor. But again, it goes back to trying to find the best actor. Matthew’s somebody that I’ve been tracking and following. During the pandemic, I watched his vampire show with my wife, Discovery of Witches —every single episode of it.

That’s where he’s a vampire who teams up with a witch to fend off creatures?

It wasn’t my kind of show necessarily, but I was like, “This guy is so good.” I’d been watching him for years, but I felt like I lived with him through the pandemic. So I was like, “Can we please go to Matthew Goode?” Miracle of miracles, he said yes! I got an incredible twosome with Mathew and Anthony.


Matthew Goode sitting in a large room with a suit on.
Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

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