REVIEW: Spiral (S7 E9&10/12)

So Laure’s investigation into the killing of Chief Inspector Herville is back on track, and she has a new suspect – bent (or perhaps just incompetent) Fraud Squad copper Lebrion. But with wily Josephine nobbling over-eager Judge Roban, will the whole case collapse around the team’s ears? While we’re wrapped up in that debate –…

REVIEW: Spiral (S7 E7&8/12)

Well, bain marie and chateuneuf du pape, as Del Boy would say, things have gone from bad to worse for obsessive cop Laure in this season of our teasingly complex Parisian policier. Her only lead to the murderer of Chief Inspector Herville is dead, so she’s been thrown off the case, and her faithful sidekick Gilou has turned…

REVIEW: Spiral (S7 E3&4/12)

Following a couple of low-key opening episodes – give or take the shocking murder of Chief Inspector Herville – le plot thickens in Spiral as we find out more about Herville’s secrets, the mysterious pile of money, and the gang behind the murder. With over €300,000 in cash kicking around, one wonders whether any of…

REVIEW: Spiral (S7 E1&2/12)

Zut alors! So Spiral (or as we like to think of it in the original French, Engrenages), is back for a seventh run, after the usual agonising delay and rumours that this would be the final series (since quashed by announcements that series eight is in production). We always loved Spiral for the way it looks at the justice system as…

Spiral series seven transmission date confirmed by BBC Four

We’ve had to wait for a little while, but it’s finally here… one of the most beloved foreign-language crime dramas of the past decade or so is back on BBC Four. The channel recently released its first trailer, and some funky new artwork. In terms of plot, the team is back together to investigate a…

What is Detective Caïn and why you should watch

Stand by, there’s another new French detective drama starting on Walter Presents/All 4 this week. From tomorrow (Friday 6th September) Detective Caïn will premiere on Channel 4’s streaming service. Never underestimate a maverick detective…#DetectiveCain hits All 4 in 2 days! pic.twitter.com/LifOBbcuYS — Walter Presents UK (@WalterPresents) September 4, 2019 Meet Frédéric Caïn, a maverick cop…

French thriller No Second Chance begins tonight on Channel 4

Walter Presents is at it again. The foreign-language brand, which has a home in the UK on both Channel 4 and the All4 streaming service, is playing out a new French drama tonight (Sunday 18th August). No Second Chance – based on the novel by Harlan Coben – features a desperate mother on the hunt…

Daniel Auteuil takes first TV role in French ‘false rape’ drama

French actor Daniel Auteuil is one of his country’s best-known and award-laden film actors. But he’s never appeared in a TV drama, until now. He’s set to star in France Televisions’ Le Mensonge (The Lie). Auteuil will play Christian Lacono, former mayor of French town Vence, who was accused of rape and sexual assault by…

Series eight of Spiral begins filming, adds cast member

We’re waiting in anticipation for series seven of Spiral to hit our screens in the UK, but news reaches us that series eight has already begun filming. Star Caroline Proust told Figaro magazine recently, “I want to stop because I want to do something else. I’m tired of being a police officer because I’m confined to…

Walter Presents acquires two new French thrillers

Crimson Wedding and Mother is Wrong have been acquired by Walter Presents for transmission in the UK, US, Italy and Australia. Produced by Scarlett Productions, Crimson Wedding is described as a gripping thriller starring Alexia Barlier, Cristiana Réali and Lannick Gautry. Created by Bruno Dega and Jeanne Le Guillou the series is centred around a…