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May 8, 2011

Season finale: Engrenages (Spiral) 3x11-3x12

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Karlsson in Spiral

In France: Some time last Summer
In the UK: Saturday 7th May, 9pm, BBC4. iPlayer: Episode 11, Episode 12

Given they had a full 12 episodes this time, you'd have thought they'd have been able to fit everything in, wouldn't you?

Spoilers and stuff after the picture of Laure looking moody.

Laure in Spiral

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May 7, 2011

Review: The Shadow Line 1x1

Posted on May 7, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Shadow Line

In the UK: Thursdays, 9pm, BBC2. Available on the iPlayer

Writer/director/producer of BBC2's new thriller The Shadow Line, Hugo Blick, would have us think of BBC2 as the UK's version of HBO. Aside from the fact that there aren't nearly enough repeats or boxing on BBC2 for that to be true, I'm not entirely convinced that just looking at drama - or even just as The Shadow Line - that you could make that mistake.

Sure, it's got a good cast, including Christopher Eccleston, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lesley Sharp. It's beautifully directed and concerns the kind of difficult subject matters that HBO used to be associated with, including drug dealing and contract killing. There's the occasional bit of swearing, too, although nowhere near the levels of The Wire or Al Swearengen in Deadwood.

One might even stretch a point and say that although HBO doesn't really do "Lynchian weird", the general weirdness of The Shadow Line pales into insignificance compared to the weirdness of John from Cincinnati, even if that show was somewhat unique in HBO's history.

But arguably, as a drama, The Shadow Line is so slow-moving, so off the wall and so anti-realistic, "BBC2 is the UK's AMC" would be more accurate.

Here's a BBC clip, because the BBC in their wisdom haven't bothered to stick any decent trailers on YouTube. Sorry, US readers.

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May 1, 2011

Review: Engrenages (Spiral) 3x9-3x10

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Bremont in BBC4's Spiral

In France: Some time last Summer
In the UK: Saturday 30th April, 9pm, BBC4. iPlayer: Episode 9, Episode 10

And so it is that as we enter the penultimate week of season 3 of Spiral, the show enters into something of a - how you say? - a high gear?

So let's talk about alleged rape, unsuspecting rape, planned rape, prostitution rings and mistranslations from the French after the jump - and two gratuitous pictures of Josephine Karlsson (the BBC4 web site knows what it likes) and a teaser trailer that Canal+ put out where the most popular characters describe themselves, which I thought was quite interesting so decided to share.

Karlsson in Engrenages

Karlsson in Engrenages

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