BBC Four confirms Witnesses 2 transmission date

Surprise rippled through the crime drama community when BBC Four announced that it had acquired the second series of Witnesses, the superior French series that was highly-rated when it first appeared on Channel 4 two years ago. We loved that first series, but the switch to BBC Four was a surprise especially because we have Spiral and The Bridge waiting in the wings. We now know when the Normandy-based series will be broadcast. Hurrah!

The new, eight-part series will once again star the brilliant Marie Dompnier as Sandra Winckler in a new story: on the first day of spring, on a country road in northern France, the frozen bodies of 15 men are discovered sitting aboard an abandoned bus.

The case is assigned to Lieutenant Sandra Winckler (Dompnier), who quickly finds a link between the dead men: all 15 were involved at one time or another with a woman named Catherine Keemer (Spiral’s Audrey Fleurot). But there’s a twist: Catherine disappeared three years ago.

Determined to get answers, Sandra tracks Catherine down and discovers a woman who’s all alone with no memory of her past… except for one thing: she once gave birth to a child, who is now unaccounted for.

Despite all appearances, Sandra believes that Catherine is innocent. But if that is the case, who is responsible for the 15 mysterious deaths? And where is Catherine’s child?

So that’s the set-up for series two and, having seen the first two episodes, I can confirm it starts off very well indeed. But there’s something else to consider here – now the BBC has scheduled this series in the run-up to Christmas the question remains: where is Spiral and when will be shown? Before or after The Bridge in January?

Witnesses: A Frozen Death: Saturday 25th November, 9pm, BBC Four (DOUBLE BILLS)

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire Craig says:

    Second Season already on Netflix in the US!

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    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Woohoo! Reviews will be coming when it starts over here in a couple of weeks.

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  2. Sara Latham says:

    Looking forward to this one, enjoyed the last series. So much good stuff coming up all at once!!

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  3. Zeke says:

    This is listed as a REPEAT. Same plot as Last Spring! Frozen men on bus–
    Not the First Nordic Noir Repeat. Stop that BBC4–
    We are waiting for Spirals, The Bridge!

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    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Zeke, mate. A) It isn’t a repeat, it’s a new series, B) It’s not Nordic Noir.

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      1. Zeke says:

        Well, it has been broadcast— busload of frozen men, all old flames of Redhead. Race to save darkhaired male intimates….etc. Not a Premiere!

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      2. Paul Hirons says:

        Not in the UK Zeke! I believe it’s available on Netflix outside of the UK. But yes, we await Spiral and The Bridge keenly!

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      3. Zeke says:

        Still waiting for Bridge, and Spirals. (sorry, Saturday mysteries– includes French)

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