We’re big fans of Spiral – Engrenaaaaaages! – here at The Killing Times, and series five of that beauty is right up there with the very best there has been in 2015. It wasn’t so much a French fancy but a French grime-fest; its gritty, compelling story a teeth-gnashing must-watch. But now we have a new French crime drama on the way and, if the first episode I saw this week is anything to go by, it might be just as good.
So how’s this for a premise? (Warning: you might need a cup of tea and a sit down after you’ve read it.)
In the north of France, a grim discovery is made: the bodies of a man, a woman and a teenager have been removed from their graves. Things become even more disturbing when these missing bodies, which have no connection to each other, are discovered in a show home, posed as if they were a family. The police soon make the connection with a similar scene discovered a month earlier. Near one of the bodies, Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier), the young detective leading the case, finds a photo of Paul Maisonneuve (Lhermitte), a retired police officer and a legend among the Northern France Crime Squad. His connection with the case forces him to come out of retirement and join the hunt for whoever is behind these macabre stagings.
Let’s just review that for one second: the bodies of a man, a woman and a teenager have been removed from their graves. Things become even more disturbing when these missing bodies, which have no connection to each other, are discovered in a show home, posed as if they were a family.
I don’t know about you but those two sentences have reeled me right in already. How dark and unsettling is the prospect of grave robbery and then some cadaver arranging?
It stars Thierry Lhermitte as the cop who comes out of retirement and Laurent Lucas as his ex-protege who has a big chip on her shoulder.
Not only is it French (Channel 4 will be hoping for The Returned levels of interest), but it has the coolest opening credits since… the last coolest opening credits. A bit of a must-watch.
Witnesses: Wednesday 22nd July, 10pm, Channel 4
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