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…

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…

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…

BBC4 picks up French crime drama The Disappearance

Over the past few years, French crime drama has been a real sub-genre to watch – both Spiral and Witnesses (add to these supernatural drama, The Returned) have both been instrumental in spreading the word and showcasing the country’s growing output. Now we hear that BBC4 – still the benchmark when it comes to quality,…

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…