US streaming service inks deal with Studiocanal for Spiral

Big news for our US readers. We’re often asked by those living in America where they can watch beloved, hit French crime drama, Spiral. Now news has reached us that all eight series of the superior detective drama will be coming soon to an American screen near you. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the MHZ…

The Crimson Rivers season 3 announced by Walter Presents

Detective Pierre Niémans and his partner Camille Delauney are to return for a third season of French crime drama The Crimson Rivers on More4/Walter Presents. The series kicks off with a double episode as they investigate a series of gruesome murders in remote regions of France.   In this seven-episode third instalment, the pair is confronted with…

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 E3&4/8)

Last week’s opening two episodes of this richly-detailed and sprawling French period crime drama were a complete eye-opener. In those first two hours of television, we were transported back to a world where brutal anti-semitism reigned, the 20th-century was beginning to blossom and a fractured society struggled to deal with the vicious murder of two…

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…

Could Spiral be getting a spin-off series this year?

Spiral is almost half-way through its final series on BBC Four. The revered French crime drama is due to end at the end of the run, bringing a close to one of the most popular and influential foreign-language series ever to come to UK screens. But news reaches us that this might be the end…