The Alienist (TNT) – Premieres 22nd January
Set in New York in 1896, this is a period crime drama that follows Dr Laszlo Kreizler, a criminal psychologist, and his cohort, newspaper illustrator John Moore.
After the police find the mutilated body of a child prostitute, Moore is sent by Laszlo to draw the scene for him to investigate the murder. When seeing the drawing and getting a description of the scene from Moore, Laszlo manages to interview the suspect that the police have arrested. After talking to him Laszlo concludes the man is innocent of that particular crime and heads off to inform the new commissioner Teddy Roosevelt.
During the meeting Laszlo reveals that they have the wrong man in custody, and that he believes the murder is the work of a serial killer. When Roosevelt dismisses the pair they manage to get the help of his secretary, Sara, to get the case file of a murder that happened to two children under Laszlos care that he believes are linked.
When Sara follows through and gets the files, Laszlo finds out there is nothing in them that describes the cause of death, leading to to him get the bodies exhumed and getting Roosevelt onside to donate two forensics to examine the remains. This activity also leads to the killer finding out what is going on where he begins to stalk Laszlo and taunting him into catching him.
For an opening episode it goes along at a decent pace, and along with the quality of the production makes it an entertaining bit of viewing.