Season five of Engrenages/Spiral started filming yesterday

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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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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