This latest take on the Hannibal Lecter story continues to be stylish and compelling, particularly for such well-worn material. The key is the chemistry between the excellent twin-leads. Hugh Dancy is a superbly nervy, traumatised Will Graham while Mads Mikkelsen (sparingly used as yet, but that will surely change) is convincingly, creepily manipulative as the emollient doctor himself.
Tonight, Will’s fitness for work is tested by a killer who slaughters diabetics for kicks. It sounds contrived but it’s a perfect excuse for a brilliantly grim, fungus-strewn set piece. As the case unfolds, Lecter continues to position himself as a conduit between Jack Crawford and Graham. But who will gain most from his machinations? Thoroughly lipsmacking.