REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E5&6/8)

After last week’s simply superb double-bill, my hopes were high that this incredibly meaty, dense and cinematic series would carry on its intensity and intrigue. And more or less, it certainly didn’t disappoint. You got the sense that episode five was almost a breather after all that action and craziness of the previous instalments –…

REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E1&2/8)

Paris, 1899. We’re approaching the end of a tumultuous century, and about to enter one that will be even more riven with war, death and despair. We’re on the streets and in the opulent salons and boudoirs of Paris. In one of them President Félix Faure has just died while receiving oral sex from his…

BBC confirms transmission date for Paris Police 1900

Saturday night on BBC Four used to be a real thing for fans of foreign-language crime drama. Sadly it isn’t as much of a thing these days, but the channel still has one or two series up its sleeve. The next cab off the rank is not Nordic Noir – it’s from France, and it’s…

REVIEW Spiral (S8 E9&10)

With desperate gangster Cisco’s planned robbery looming, he sends his psycho son Titi to tie up some loose ends – will informant Bilal and street kid Suleymane get the chop? To be honest, we’re not too bothered about these low-lives, we’re obviously much more concerned about whether disgraced cop Gilou will be able to redeem…

REVIEW Spiral (S8 E7&8/10)

The plot’s bubbling along nicely now as Gilou has sussed out Cisco’s plans. But as they seem to involve a suicidal attack on a gang of drug dealers, we don’t hold out much hope for a happy ending for Gilou, caught in the crossfire between cops and robbers.  In fact, as Gilou has been recruited…

REVIEW Spiral (S8 E5&6/10)

Things are hotting up with Laure’s murder case – she seems to have stumbled on an international drug-running gang. Will this be enough to lift this rather languorous season out of its ennui? As Laure tries to question the drug mule Maria, who should turn up but Joséphine, looking like she’s stumbled out of a…

REVIEW Spiral (S8 E3&4/10)

With Gilou still in the chokey, and Laure’s murder case going nowhere fast, this season hasn’t got off to a stellar start – can the Parisian po-po pull something out of their hats for this final season of Spiral? When last seen, Gilou was cosying up to killer Cisco, when he should have been thinking more…

REVIEW Spiral (S8 E1&2/10)

The Parisian cops of Spiral are back for what we are told is their final outing – can this season top the gritty drama of previous sagas, or will it be a case of ça continue trop longtemps? If you haven’t been following Spiral – and if not, why not? – here’s a quick run-down. A bit like Law…

Spiral: BBC Four confirms transmission date for season eight

BBC Four has confirmed the transmission date for the eighth and final series of French crime drama, Spiral. Yesterday, we brought you news that BBC’s iPlayer were showing all seven series of the show, which usually means that the new series is just around the corner. And now we know. Here’s a French-language trailer to…

Spiral: BBC iPlayer showing all seven series ahead of season eight

We’ve already teased that 2021 could be a monster year for crime drama (just think of all the shows who had to postpone production because of COVID this year). One of the most anticipated in the eighth and final series of French crime drama, Spiral. The serie started in its native France eaerlier this year,…

Cheyenne & Lola: New French drama premieres

New eight-episode French drama, Cheyenne & Lola premiere in its native France last night (Tuesday November 24). It tells the story of tattoo artist Cheyenne, who has recently been released from prison and works as a cleaner on the ferries between France and the UK to save money for a future life. Lola, meanwhile, is…