Hannibal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 10.30pm, Seven Hannibal reimag­ines Hannibal Lecter, the psy­cho­pathic can­ni­bal from the book and film of The Si­lence of the Lambs. As the de­but sea­son draws to its end the good news for fans is that the se­ries has been re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son. Di­rec­tor Bryan Fuller (Push­ing Daisies, Heroes) took five pages of back­story from Lambs author Thomas Har­ris’s book Red Dragon and used it as the skele­ton for the 13-episode first sea­son. The se­ries plays like a crime pro­ce­dural fea­tur­ing two smart in­ves­ti­ga­tors: highly em­pathic FBI pro­filer and hunter of se­rial killers Will Gra­ham (Hugh Dancy, The Big C); and Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen, The Three Mus­ke­teers), a bril­liant foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist who also hap­pens to be the killer we think we know so well be­fore his in­car­cer­a­tion. In this 11th episode — Roti — Will gets a di­ag­no­sis for the in­creas­ingly er­ratic men­tal con­di­tion that be­sieges him while Lecter pre­pares a meal. No it’s not hu­man flesh with fava beans and a nice chi­anti — it’s a south In­dian lamb curry. Or is it? Guest stars in­clude Gil­lian An­der­son and Ed­die Iz­zard. Creepier by the week.

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