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.
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.
NB: Spoilers inside
Regardless of the fact that Walter Presents is going great guns at the moment and there are other channels to watch foreign-language crime drama on, nothing quite beats the Saturday-9pm-slot on BBC Four. There’s still a lot to be said for tuning in once a week to follow a story (linear style, how old fashioned) and that slot has had some big successes over the years, ever since The Killing smashed the door down. At the moment, we have repeats of The Young Montalbano until something new starts, and now we know what one of those new things will be.