Review: I Know Who You Are (S1 E5&6/6), Saturday 18th November, BBC Four

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Three hours. No, over three hours. That’s how long this two-part finale lasted. Anyone who has been following I Know Who You Are will know that three hours plus of this Spanish drama is likely to induce some sort of mental breakdown. These episodes – five and six of series two – contained everything we’ve loved about the show and perhaps even a little more: 100mph speed, twist and turns, red herrings galore, deliciously Machiavellian manoeuvring and some genuine shocks. Continue reading

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Review: I Know Who You Are (S2 E3&4/6), Saturday 11th November, BBC Four

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These two episodes took us over the half-way point in this insane Spanish series, and there was very definitely a sense that the Elías-Castro family was beginning to implode. In fact, these two episodes could and should have been subtitled ‘Reap What You Sow’, because things were starting to move and get sorted out, but only in a way that manipulated us and stretched out the story in the most excruciating way possible. Which was an entirely good thing, obviously. Continue reading

Review: I Know Who You Are (S2 E1&2/6), Saturday 4th November, BBC Four

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The incredibly fun and deliciously evil Spanish thriller, I Know Who You Are, was back on our screens last night with the start of its second, six-episode series. Many will have had to decide whether to jump back into a series that was so dense with detail after an exhausting but hugely enjoyable first run. We know Ana Saura is alive, but we don’t know what will happen to her. And we don’t know whether her abducter, Juan Elías, will see the justice he deserves. Best strap in again…

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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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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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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