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The gore-filled psychological crime thriller is set prior to the events of Thomas Harris’ popular trilogy of books that introduced the world to the now infamous Hannibal Lecter character.

This time around Lecter, played by the always brilliant Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, is a practicing psychiatrist brought into the FBI fold to give psychiatric services to criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy.

Aside from the legion of corpses, well-played cameos (Laurence Fishburne stands out) and nice balance between serious and kitsch, what really made us sit up and take notice was Lecter’s shirt and jacket combos.

This is one sharp-dressed psychiatrist-cum-serial-psychopath. Every scene, Lecter seems to be in a new ensemble; three-piece suits, prince-of-wales checks, rich colours, paisley ties with double Windsor knots (that Mikkelsen tied himself) and tailored casual wear. So why have the producers made Lecter’s style such a big part of his character?

“Lecter is really a bit of a dandy and someone who loves the finer things in life – someone who would have a bespoke wardrobe.” Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller told us on the phone from LA. “I thought of Hannibal Lecter as this man who appreciates the beauty in life, who would love colour and pattern and stimulating fabrics.”

The Thomas Harris books depict Lecter as a well-dressed aesthete and it seems Fuller wanted to bring this out even more in the TV show.

“For me, the Duke of Windsor is a huge fashion icon, so I wanted to make sure we had that classic gentleman represented on the show, because Lecter really is that devil in a blue suit.”

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