Regardless of the fact that Walter Presents is going great guns at the moment and there are other channels to watch foreign-language crime drama on, nothing quite beats the Saturday-9pm-slot on BBC Four. There’s still a lot to be said for tuning in once a week to follow a story (linear style, how old fashioned) and that slot has had some big successes over the years, ever since The Killing smashed the door down. At the moment, we have repeats of The Young Montalbano until something new starts, and now we know what one of those new things will be.
So what is Spanish drama, I Know Who You Are, all about? A 55-year-old man staggers along a highway following a terrible accident – but with no memory of who he is or how he got there. His name is Juan Elias (Francesc Garrido), a successful criminal lawyer and university professor, married to judge Alicia Castro (Blanca Portillo), and father of two children, and it seems he has total amnesia.
When the police find the wreck of Juan’s car, they also find the mobile phone of his 23-year-old niece, Ana Saura (Susana Abaitua), who disappeared the same night as the accident, and all the evidence points to the fact that Elias killed her. Now he will have to find a way to prove his innocence, even though he himself is unsure of whether or not he’s guilty.
Well now, BBC Four’s first Spanish drama sounds like a full-on noir tale, where the main protagonist has to investigate himself. We’ve seen something similar in Norwegian series Acquited (which I still have to finish), but this does sound intriguing.
More news as I get it!