Marie Dompnier to star in new French thriller, Suspicions

We’re all over French crime drama and thrillers these days (thanks to the likes of Spiral and Witnesses), and we’re hearing that the France 3 channel has greenlit a new thriller set to start filming right about now starring none other than the excellent star of Witnesses, Marie Dompnier. Le Blog (via The Medium Not…

Spiral featurette hints at series seven storylines

Earlier this year, we brought you news that series seven of Spiral had begun filming in Paris. This seventh series is to be the show’s last, and now information and images are starting to be drip-fed out into the ether. This is what we know so far: While the group of Laure Berthaud has shattered,…

New French crime drama Les Ombres Rouge begins filming

French crime drama is, as we now know, worth keeping an eye on. Spiral, Witnesses and the recent acquisition by Netflix of La Forêt mean that the country really is doing good work in the genre. Now we hear (via The Medium Is Not Enough and Le Blog) that a new six-part crime series is on…

Netflix acquires French crime drama La Forêt

French crime drama is now a real force in the international canon, thanks to Spiral and Witnesses, and recently Netflix has been plundering the world, securing crime dramas from here, there and everywhere. And that includes France. We’ve already had La Mante and The Frozen Dead, and we have La Forêt (The Forest), a six-part series starring Samuel…

Review: Spiral (S6 E11&12/12), Saturday 3rd February, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE As this season comes to a finale as twisty as a baguette, the French flics have everything left to fight for – can they pin down the murderer of cop Mercier? Can put-upon Laure make it work with the ethically challenged Gilou? And can Josephine escape the consequences of her attack on…

Marie Dompnier: a third series of witnesses likely

Even though series two of Witnesses was a huge mess, there’s no denying that Sandra Winckler is one of our favourite characters in crime drama, and Marie Dompnier is a fine actress. That aforementioned second series of Witnesses took a while to get to our screens (thanks to BBC Four for snapping it up), and there…

Review: Spiral (S6 E7&8/12), Saturday 20th January, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Joséphine has always been tightly-wound, but usually, she manages to maintain a certain sang-froid – this week she loses it completely, and the repercussions are bound to be immense. At the same time, the CID will have to pay for the disastrous raid on the Roma camp – someone’s going to get…

Series seven of Spiral begins filming in Paris

NB: MILD SPOILERS INSIDE Even though series six of Spiral has only reached its half-way stage on BBC Four, thanks to our chums over at Scanoir we were alerted to the fact that a seventh series has started filming in France. Which is, obviously, very good news indeed. Not only that but Canal+ has released an…

Review: Spiral (S6 E5&6/12), Saturday 13th January, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE So far as TV cop shows are concerned, if you want a quiet life, don’t be an angler, a dog-walker or a construction worker. If you are, nothing is more certain than that your day will be interrupted by the discovery of a bloated floating corpse, a dismembered body or the mummified…

Review: Spiral (S6 E3&4/12), Saturday 6th January, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Spiral still has the ability to shock; the Irréversible-style opening of episode three, with Josephine finding herself recovering in an underpass after an assault, follows a languid dolly-shot across the Parisian cityscape. The Paris of Spiral is rarely inimical – though some of its inhabitants are – but here we are reminded that the city…