Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974
Director: Julian Jarrold. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Robert Sheehan. 102 min. UK. Crime/Drama.
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980
Director: James Marsh. Cast: Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, James Fox, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Robert Sheehan, Warren Clark. 93 min. UK. Crime/Drama.
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983
Director: Anand Tucker. Cast: David Morrissey, Mark Addy, Peter Mullan, Sean Bean, Warren Clark, Robert Sheehan. 100 min. UK. Crime/Drama.
Inspired by the Yorkshire Ripper serial killer case of the 1970s, these three episodes are more about the downward mental spiral of the detectives and journalists probing the case rather than the killer - a monster who had investigators running in circles, with no end in sight. Each episode has a different directing style, and is dramatically more disturbing then the last, but I found the second part distinctly absorbing, probably due to Paddy Considine's harrowing performance as a police finding his personal life notoriously involved in the case. Highly recommended if you're in search for dark, gritty police drama.
(PS: You may want to watch these on DVD rather than Netflix's "Instant Viewing", as I found myself struggling with the thick British/Irish/Scottish/Welsh ... accents.)
(Update: Ridley Scott has already acquired the rights for a remake, to squeeze all three movies into one.)