Netflix reveals trailer for German crime drama Dark; sets launch date

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Netflix has taken a more global approach this year, funding series that have come from Poland, Denmark and Sweden. We’ve known about German series, Dark, for quite some time now and when news first came out, it was initially compared to Stranger Things because of its supernatural edge. But a new trailer reveals that it isn’t very Stranger Things at all. The series is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In 10, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986. We have a trailer, and also a launch date. Continue reading

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First Look: Spiral (Series 6)

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Caroline Proust (Laure Berthaud)

One of the heavyweights of European crime drama, Spiral (Engrenages), returned for its sixth series premiere on Monday night in its native France. The hope is that we’ll be able to see it here in the UK on BBC Four before the year is out, but in the meantime, there was much excitement on the other side of the Channel, as our French friends tucked into the first episode. Let’s get some reaction… Continue reading

BBC acquires series two of Witnesses for UK transmission

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Back in 2014 French series Witnesses came in at number five in our top crime dramas of the year (go here to refresh your memories), and we couldn’t wait to see what series two had up its sleeve. And then we waited. And waited. Channel 4 – who broadcasted the series here in the UK – was quiet. Too quiet. And then we started to hear that series two had begun filming, and Spiral’s magnificent Audrey Fleurot had joined the cast, which was too exciting for words. But the waiting continued and we were eager to find out when it would be arriving in the UK. Now we know, and it’s not going to be on Channel 4. Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E9&10/10), Saturday 12th August, BBC Four

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So where do we start with this two-part finale? Really, it all happened. There were things that I expected, and things I didn’t. Those characters – Juan Elías, Eva Durán, Alicia Castro – I had grown to love and despise in equal measure had all their flaws and ambiguities on full show tonight. But instead of a slow, seductive striptease, they whacked out everything in front of us without hesitation. To use the sporting parlance, nothing was left on the field of play – it was a full-on rush, and everything was thrown at the story. It was magnificent, slightly infuriating and tremendous fun.

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I Know Who You Are to return for second series later this year

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If you’ve been reading my reviews of Spanish series I Know Who You Are, you’ll know I’ve been quite taken by it all. Of course it’s flawed and daft, and beggars belief sometimes, but I’ve enjoyed the pace, the brazen commitment to telling what is an ultra high-concept story, and the characters – no one is who they seem and everyone has stuff going on. Saying all that, there has been one thing that has been bothering me… Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E7&8/10), Saturday 5th August, BBC4

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I’m still trying to catch up with stuff after a bit of a break, and I really had to dig back into this fantastic Spanish series – I’ve really enjoyed it so far and have been totally swept up in its roller-coaster plot, breakneck pace and multi-layered characters. Yes, it’s daft; yes, it’s convoluted; and yes, it defies belief most of the time. But, and it’s a big but, it’s brazen and confident and utterly gripping. And these two episodes were exactly those things. Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E5&6/10), Saturday 29th July, BBC4

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This fantastic, helter-skelter series continued with two more episodes tonight, once again taking us down new avenues of enquiry, presenting new suspects and uncovering yet more layers of familial intrigue and hidden character layers. In fact, that seems to be the main theme of this series – identity, and how it shifts and changes after an experience, whether traumatic or not. Make no mistake, the deeper we go into I Know Who You Are, the more we realise that everyone has their secrets. It’s just a case of how well they can suppress them.

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