Netflix Lands U.K. Mystery-Thriller Series 'Harlan Coben's The Five'

Netflix continues to add to its growing slate of international mystery, as the streaming giant has secured the U.S. and Canadian rights to mystery-thriller series Harlan Coben's The Five.

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Nicola Shindler's Red is producing, with parent group StudioCanal distributing and Danny Brocklehurst penning the script based on ideas and input from Coben. What's most surprising about the Netflix announcement is the turnaround time: Harlan Coben's The Five is set to drop on the streaming service this Friday, September 15th.

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Though the bestselling author is set to publish his 32nd novel, Harlan Coben's The Five marks Coben's first creative foray into television. The series was produced and is set in the U.K., where it was originally broadcast on pay-TV service Sky:

"When they were twelve years old, Mark (Tom Cullen), Pru (Sarah Solemani), Danny (O-T Fagbenle) and Slade (Lee Ingleby) were out together in the park. Mark's five-year-old brother, Jesse, was annoying them. They were mean – told him to get lost. Jesse ran away. He was gone. Never seen again.

Twenty years later, Danny – now a detective – learns some shocking news. Jesse's DNA has been found at a murder scene…

THE FIVE is a new Harlan Coben story written exclusively for television. A compelling mainstream thriller, with shocking twists and big hooks to keep an audience returning week after week."


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Coben is pleased that his new series is getting the kind of international attention that it's receiving; and believes that Netflix is the right venue for those like him who prefer to have the "binge watch" option:

"In same way as you might say 'I'm going to read one more chapter before I go to sleep,' I think 'The Five' and 'Safe' are binge-worthy shows that you will start and finish in a day or two. In a sense, I don't care where it airs, just like I don't care if you read my book on paper or on digital, but I think it's a more exciting platform for us, to get all of the episodes out at one time. I almost never watch a show that isn't completed in case I do want to binge. I don't watch anything live anymore."

Harlan Coben's The Five is set to premiere on Netflix this Friday, September 15th.


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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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