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Did 19-2 just do a Spiral shout out?

Posted on February 10, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

19-2 is, for those who don’t know, a English-language Canadian remake of a French-language Canadian show, also called 19-2. Set in Montreal, it has the slightly novel, Wallander-esque touch of having everyone speaking English, even though they’re really speaking French. The signs are all in French, the newspapers are all in French… and even the movies are in French.


You’ll notice here that virtually all the movie titles are fake. But let’s look closely at that second one: Engrenage. There have been a few short movies called Engrenage or L’Engrenage, but not recent ones. So I’m just wondering if perhaps this was a nice shout out to France’s premier cop show, Spiral aka Engrenages.

Maybe not, but I’d like to think it was.

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Question of the week: what was your favourite show of 2013?

Posted on January 6, 2014 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Lots of TV blogs and sites have top 10s and 20s of the year’s programmes. Not wishing to be left out of the crowd, I thought I’d do one, too. But in my usual chaotic fashion, I decided to just list as many as I remember liking and then turn to you, my lovely readers, in the hope you’re more organised. And that you’ve nothing to do.

Anyway, this is really just the new shows that I loved in 2013. Feel free to list old shows, new shows or even DVDs you enjoyed last year.

The winner by a mile for the coveted top slot was:

Hannibal (review)
Elegant horror of the finest order, a simply sublime season that instead of being built around gore (although there was some incredibly disturbing imagery), hamminess and archness à la The Blacklist gave us a true horror: the fear of going mad, with FBI investigator Will Graham slowly beginning to doubt his own sanity. With a season-long arc that was hard to perceive until the final episode, it ended with a single image that made the whole thing worthwhile. Astonishing TV in almost every sense, from the dialogue to the visuals to the acting to the soundtrack to the throw-aways at the end of episodes that will haunt you for a long time after viewing.

Having said that, they cast Eddie Izzard in a key role so it wasn’t entirely perfect.

The runners up (no particular order)

  1. The Americans
  2. Serangoon Road
  3. Anno 1790
  4. The Tunnel
  5. Y Gwyll
  6. Engrenages/Spiral
  7. The Almighty Johnsons (season 3)
  8. Banshee
  9. The Blacklist
  10. House of Cards

But how about you?

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Season five of Engrenages/Spiral started filming yesterday

Posted on December 3, 2013 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Engrenages - season 4

Hooray! France’s best TV series is getting ready for a fifth season. Filming started on Engrenages/Spiral yesterday and unlike the fourth season, is set to involve all the characters (more or less) for a change. It’ll be 12 episodes and all the usual cast (except for cough, cough, not saying unless you’ve seen the end of the fourth season), too.

Full details in French below:

La capitaine Laure Berthaud est en charge d'un double homicide particulièrement éprouvant pour son groupe d'enquêteurs: un jeune enfant est impliqué. Les policiers, avocats et juges travaillent sur cette même affaire qui les plongera dans les quartiers nord de Paris, dans les milieux du grand banditisme, des indics et des gangs de filles. La brutalité de l'affaire va resserrer les liens entre les personnages, révélant des affinités inattendues, des remises en causes personnelles, mais peut-être aussi provoquer des ruptures définitives.

Personne ne ressortira indemne de cette nouvelle enquête…

And if you’d rather know what that says in English, I’ve spoiler cloaked a translation for you:

Captain Laure Berthaud is responsible for a double homicide that will be particularly challenging for her team: a young child is involved. Police, lawyers and judges working on the same case that will plunge them into the suburbs north of Paris, in the worlds of crime, informers and girl gangs. The brutality of the case will strengthen the relationships between the characters, revealing unexpected affinities and personal questions, but may also result in permanent splits. Nobody will emerge unscathed from this new enquiry…


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