If you’ve recently been watching Amazon’s The Peripheral and are in the mood for another time-bending mystery series, then Netflix might be able to satisfy that niche for you. The streaming service is producing a new upcoming drama series, Bodies, which is based on a 2015 graphic novel of the same name and focuses on four detectives, each living in London in a different time period from each other, as they attempt to solve the same mystery. It’s set to star Israeli actress Shira Hass (Unorthodox), Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit), Kyle Soller (Andor) and Stephen Graham.
Bodies was originally published back in 2015 by British author Si Spencer, who died in 2021, and news of the Netflix adaptation was announced earlier this year. In the 1890s, Edmond Hillinghead is attempting to solve a murder that no one else has any interest in. In the 1940s, Karl Whiteman is an adventurer also investigating a murder whilst keeping quiet about a shocking past. Shahara Hasan, meanwhile, living in 2014, is a female detective sergeant dealing with racist rioters who also uncovers a corpse.
Lastly, an amnesiac known as Maplewood is living through a technological apocalypse and can barely understand the body she’s found. All four people are linked through a single murder, trying to uncover a conspiracy spanning 150 years.
Shira Hass is set to play DC Maplewood, while Amaka Okafor plays DS Hasan, Kyler Soller plays DI Hillinghead and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd plays DS Whiteman. Stephen Graham is set to star as Elias Mannix, while Anna Calder-Marshall plays Lady Agatha Harker. Not a huge amount more about the show’s plot and other specifics are known, but Stephen Graham’s role is meant to be a crucial part of the story and the mind-bending mystery.
The show has been filming this year in Hull, as well as Leeds and Bradford. The show is adapted by Paul Tomalin, who worked on Torchwood and Shameless, and writer Danusia Samal. There’s no set release date yet, but it’s likely the show will debut on Netflix sometime in 2023.