Marie Dompnier to star in new French thriller, Suspicions

We’re all over French crime drama and thrillers these days (thanks to the likes of Spiral and Witnesses), and we’re hearing that the France 3 channel has greenlit a new thriller set to start filming right about now starring none other than the excellent star of Witnesses, Marie Dompnier. Le Blog (via The Medium Not…

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 (S2 E7&8/8), Saturday 16th December, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Right, let’s get back into it. This series has been dark – very dark – and also very watchable and hugely intriguing. The last we saw of Sandra Winckler had been taken prisoner by Geir Janssen – the man who had been kidnapping women, murdering their exes and siring their children while they…

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,…

Witnesses’ Marie Dompnier: There will be a second season

French drama Witnesses – shown on Channel 4 – is one of our favourite crime dramas of the year. It felt familiar but also felt fresh (a hard balance to achieve), mainly because of its outrageous and macabre set-up – a killer was seemingly digging up the bodies of recently deceased people and then rearranging them…

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 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…

Five reasons to watch Witnesses

There seems to be a big crime drama event series starting every week these days. Who says summer is the quiet period in TV Land? Take this week as an example – on Sunday (26th July) the BBC starts its new Agatha Christie adaptation, Partners In Crime, while tomorrow there’s a new French crime drama…