Thanks to Spiral and Witnesses (and a whole bunch of stuff on Walter Presents), France is now up there as one of the key and most prolific producers of tight, grimy, edgy urban procedurals. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that the country’s output now rivals Scandinavia and the Nordic countries in terms of quality of output. If there’s one series that helped to kick off this interest in French crime drama it’s Spiral, and the good news is that the sixth series is on its way.
According to the French edition of Premiere, host broadcaster Canal+ is following its a biennial schedule for Spiral (or Engrenages in its native language), which means that after a year off 2016 means that it’s time to ramp up the Spiral activity.
All we know at this stage is that series six will once again be directed by Frédéric Jardin (Braquo, Spiral series five) and will bring back Caroline Proust as Captain Laure Berthaud, a woman who went through such extraordinary physical and mental ordeal in the last series we’d forgive Proust if she wanted to have a longer break.
The series will start shooting in early May in paris and, we’re told, will focus on corruption ‘judicial, police and personal’. I’m expecting to air in France later this year and then on BBC4 early next year. Twenty-seventeen is already shaping up to be quite a year.
More news as we get it.
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