Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E9&10/10), Saturday 12th August, BBC Four

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So where do we start with this two-part finale? Really, it all happened. There were things that I expected, and things I didn’t. Those characters – Juan Elías, Eva Durán, Alicia Castro – I had grown to love and despise in equal measure had all their flaws and ambiguities on full show tonight. But instead of a slow, seductive striptease, they whacked out everything in front of us without hesitation. To use the sporting parlance, nothing was left on the field of play – it was a full-on rush, and everything was thrown at the story. It was magnificent, slightly infuriating and tremendous fun.

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I Know Who You Are to return for second series later this year

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If you’ve been reading my reviews of Spanish series I Know Who You Are, you’ll know I’ve been quite taken by it all. Of course it’s flawed and daft, and beggars belief sometimes, but I’ve enjoyed the pace, the brazen commitment to telling what is an ultra high-concept story, and the characters – no one is who they seem and everyone has stuff going on. Saying all that, there has been one thing that has been bothering me… Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E7&8/10), Saturday 5th August, BBC4

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I’m still trying to catch up with stuff after a bit of a break, and I really had to dig back into this fantastic Spanish series – I’ve really enjoyed it so far and have been totally swept up in its roller-coaster plot, breakneck pace and multi-layered characters. Yes, it’s daft; yes, it’s convoluted; and yes, it defies belief most of the time. But, and it’s a big but, it’s brazen and confident and utterly gripping. And these two episodes were exactly those things. Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E5&6/10), Saturday 29th July, BBC4

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This fantastic, helter-skelter series continued with two more episodes tonight, once again taking us down new avenues of enquiry, presenting new suspects and uncovering yet more layers of familial intrigue and hidden character layers. In fact, that seems to be the main theme of this series – identity, and how it shifts and changes after an experience, whether traumatic or not. Make no mistake, the deeper we go into I Know Who You Are, the more we realise that everyone has their secrets. It’s just a case of how well they can suppress them.

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EXCLUSIVE Interview: Aida Folch, I Know Who You Are

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BBC4’s Spanish thriller I Know Who You Are is a sensational helter-skelter thrill ride of a series and, as we’re approaching episodes five and six, we’re still none the wiser as to whether lawyer Juan Elías is suffering from amnesia or not or whether he has murdered his niece, Ana Saura. The series – Sé Quién Eres in its native tongue has fluctuated wildly and from one twist to the next, and in among all the characters and wildness is Eva Dúran, a young lawyer on the hunt for the truth (the fact Elías is a former tutor and lover has complicated things somewhat). Thirty-year-old Aida Folch – who started her acting and modelling career as young as 14 – is superb as the passionate, conflicted Dúran and I managed to have a chat with her about the show and the role. As you would imagine, she was charming and full of insight. Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E3&4/10), Saturday 22nd July, BBC4

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Apologies for the delay in posting this, but it has been a busy weekend up at Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. While much carousing was had during the weekend I did manage to watch episodes three and four of I Know Who You Are earlier in the week, but didn’t get a chance to post the review. So here we are, and it was another breathless two hours-plus of crime drama. Kitchen sink but brilliant nonetheless. Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E1&2/10), Saturday 15th July, BBC4

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BBC Four has had a bit of mixed bag of a year when it has come to foreign crime drama – Cardinal was workmanlike but watchable, and has been the channel’s only real crime drama of note in 2017. Walter Presents and Netflix have been much more prolific so far. But we’re entering what broadcasters like to call quarter three and the hope is that this is when the action starts for the channel. We may get Spiral later in the year, but in the meantime, we get this new, Spanish series. Spain is not a nation BBC4 has bought from until now and this 10-parter (although it had 16 episodes in Spain… I need to clarify this) started in intriguing fashion.

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