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: Witnesses (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 9th December, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE After last week’s third and fourth episode – where Sandra Winkler and Catherine Keemer went rogue and formed their own crime drama version of Thelma and Louise – things are now bubbling nicely on Witnesses, although Sandra’s torturing of suspect Martin Souriau left a bitter taste in the mouth. You got the sense that…

Review: Witnesses (S2 E1&2/8), Saturday 25th November, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Witnesses – or Les Témoins in its native French – was a big hit with us when the first series aired here in 2015 on Channel 4. The French series had that classic Nordic Noir feel about it, with plenty of those addictive qualities we lap up year after year – a darker…

BBC Four confirms Witnesses 2 transmission date

Surprise rippled through the crime drama community when BBC Four announced that it had acquired the second series of Witnesses, the superior French series that was highly-rated when it first appeared on Channel 4 two years ago. We loved that first series, but the switch to BBC Four was a surprise especially because we have…

BBC acquires series two of Witnesses for UK transmission

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…

Spiral’s Audrey Fleurot joins season two of Witnesses

French crime drama, Witnesses, was one of our favourite dramas of 2015 (see our appraisal here). It was the Normandy-set story of two police officers – one brought out of retirement, the other his protegé from police college – who tried to find the Clown Killer, a perpetrator of some grotesque crimes. It was engrossing,…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E6/6), Wednesday 26th August, Channel 4

Within the blink of an eye, this excellent French series found itself at its conclusion – five episodes of fast-moving, multi-layered police procedural with two intriguing characters at its heart had left me breathless, and desperate to find out who was behind the murders of four men. There was lots to tie up and not a…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E5/6), Wednesday 19th August, Channel 4

If there’s one thing we know about this excellent French procedural is that it doesn’t muck about. Let’s face it, with only six episodes in the series it hasn’t got time to muck about, but still. Last week we were plunged into a scenario where Paul Maisonneuve – that flinty old detective with more skeletons…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E4/6), Wednesday 12th August, Channel 4

After the tumult in series finales like True Detective and Jordskott this week, it’d be easy to despair at the great, big crime drama-shaped holes these two series are leaving. So thank goodness for Witnesses, Channel 4’s excellent Normandy-set crime drama, which is the best of the lot. It has been full of twists, turns and…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E3/6), Wednesday 5th August, Channel 4

We’re hitting the half way stage of this excellent French drama and already the villains have been unmasked. A long way to being caught, yes, but unmasked and identified nonetheless. This a brave way to go for any series, and Witnesses has changed quickly from a whodunit to a cat-and-mouse game, with Kaz Gorbier (and…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E2/6), Wednesday 29th July, Channel 4

Last week’s first episode of Witnesses was so grotesque in its premise, its characters so engaging and the pacing and plotting almost perfect, it was impossible not to be hugely impressed by it. It set itself up as a really dark and gritty procedural, mixing Scandinavian influences with the French’s current penchant for superb crime…