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…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 9th December, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE After last week’s third and fourth episode – where Sandra Winkler and Catherine Keemer went rogue and formed their own crime drama version of Thelma and Louise – things are now bubbling nicely on Witnesses, although Sandra’s torturing of suspect Martin Souriau left a bitter taste in the mouth. You got the sense that…

Witnesses (S2 E3&4/8), Saturday 2nd December, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Last week’s opening two episodes of the second series of French crime drama, Witnesses, fell straight back into place and gave us pretty much everything we loved about the first series: a terrifyingly grotesque tableaux, a case that was commenting in some way about social and biological constructs, and an intriguing relationship between…

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 E3/6), Wednesday 5th August, Channel 4

We’re hitting the half way stage of this excellent French drama and already the villains have been unmasked. A long way to being caught, yes, but unmasked and identified nonetheless. This a brave way to go for any series, and Witnesses has changed quickly from a whodunit to a cat-and-mouse game, with Kaz Gorbier (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…

Review: Witnesses (S1 E1/6), Wednesday 22nd July, Channel 4

Hervé Hedmar’s six-part French crime drama, Witnesses, starts with a dazzlingly chilling opening sequence. In fact, the excellent opening credits don’t kick in until six and a half minutes in, which is unusual to say the least. Those first few minutes delve straight into the action and give us chance to really get a handle…