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

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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 Vern?

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Review: Spiral (S6 E9&10/12), Saturday 27th January, BBC Four

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If this season of Spiral has seemed a little lethargic – only five deaths and one riot so far – then la merde really hits le ventilateur this week as racial tension sparks violence in Cléry. Continue reading

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

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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 the chop, and our money is on the hapless Beckriche.    Continue reading

Series seven of Spiral begins filming in Paris

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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 official logline for the series. Continue reading

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

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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 remains of someone encased in concrete. No surprise, then, that this week’s soupçon of Spiral cuts straight from a shot of a building site to the digging up of a dead girl – either an actress giving a very convincing performance as she’s shovelled out of the earth, or an equally convincing dummy. Continue reading

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

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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 hides brutal secrets.

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