The Departed’s William Monahan Cooking Up New Crime Series Set In The 60s

Christine Keeler – heart of the Profumo Affair

Despite being set in 1960s Britain, the in-development drama series Crime is being developed by US cable network Starz and Massachusetts writer William Monahan. It’s not a bad to thing to get an outsider’s perspective.

The Hollywood Reporter say that the show will recount:

criminal enterprises and scandal across 1960s Britain.

And there’s plenty of material to draw on. Monahan says:

There’s very little more interesting to me than the ’60s in Britain. Taken from Profumo to psychedelia, from the London criminal world to the worlds of art and fashion- all of which continually intersected. I know one thing: it’s very, very, funny.

No specific reference to Ronnie and Reggie Kray? I suppose that’s pretty encouraging. I also like Monahan’s recognition of how funny some of these stories are – and I trust he’ll also be showing us just how funny they sometimes weren’t. Some very unpretty things happened.

Starz call this a dream project for Monahan. I wasn’t a fan of his last foray into British crime drama, the adaptation of Ken Bruen’s London Boulevard, but here’s hoping he makes good use of the bigger canvas and expanded horizons of a full TV series.