Watch trailer for True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

HBO's hit crime thriller series premieres in the UK on Saturday 22 February

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True Detective, which premieres this Saturday on Sky Atlantic, is already being called the best US detective show since The Wire (scroll to watch the trailer).

The HBO series centres on two mismatched detectives - played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – who in 1995 investigate a ritual killing in the Louisiana bayou.

Seventeen years later the two detectives, who have since quit the force, find themselves being interrogated separately about the case and their own complicated relationship.

The trailer promises high drama, opening with McConaughey lighting a cigarette in a car after saying: “The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door.”

The video then shows a montage of photographs of McConaughey’s character both then and now investigating the ritual killing, interspersed with images of the vast Louisianan landscape.


It ends with the foreboding line: “Someone once told me that all your love, all your hate, was all the same thing, was all a dream. And like a lot of dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it.”

The final shot sees McConaughey being interviewed by a policeman, who asks him: “Just what is it you’ve found,” to which McConaughey’s character Rust replies: “Something deep and dark”.