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Season finale: Engrenages (Spiral) 3×11-3×12

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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Review: Engrenages (Spiral) 3×9-3×10

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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Review: Engrenages (Spiral) 3×7-3×8

Laure in Spiral

In France: Some time last Summer
In the UK: Saturday 23rd April, 9pm, BBC4. iPlayer: Episode 7, Episode 8

Never distrust Spiral. That appears to be the moral of this week’s episodes. After my doubts last week, episodes seven and eight seemed designed purely to make me feel a little silly in all my reservations, those crafty writers.

Let’s talk about bluffs, double bluffs and general wheels within wheels after the jump – and a gratuitous picture of Karlsson.

Karlsson

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Review: Engrenages (Spiral) 3×5-3×6

In France: Some time last Summer
In the UK: Saturday 16th April, 9pm, BBC4. iPlayer: Episode 5, Episode 6

Well, we’re at the point where the less said about this on the front page, the better, so join me after the jump to discuss episodes 5 and 6 of season 3 of BBC4/Canal+’s Engrenages (Spiral), which is rapidly turning out to be France’s version of The Wire – season 5, or possibly the very first Prime Suspect.

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Review: Engrenages (Spiral) 3×3-3×4

In France: Some time last Summer
In the UK: Saturday 9th April, 9pm, BBC4. iPlayer: Episode 3, Episode 4

Well, the people have spoken and as many as three of you want me to do episodic reviews of Spiral aka Engrenages aka “the good French TV programme… that BBC4 keeps showing but no one watches”.

So let’s give it a go. No doubt my reward will come in Elysium rather than in this life.

Anyway, season three of Spiral looks like it’s going to be a little bit different from previous years. As I mentioned last week, usually each episode of Spiral has an A-plot and a B-plot that randomly taps into some random injustice of the French legal system. This year, however, both a-plot and b-plots seem to be focused on just a couple of questions.

The first: will the current reforms planned to the French justice system produce a better system?

The second: it’s all very well wanting police to be “over-zealous” in a Life on Mars stylee, but what happens if our ‘heroes’, rather than being the good guys who know the truth but are impended by a system that values the rights of criminals over their victims, are in fact over-zealous because they’re incompetent, in-fighting screw-ups? What happens if they start bribing prostitutes with coke, threatening other car drivers with pistols because they’re having nervous breakdowns – or they end up torturing and framing the wrong guy because they think they’re right?

Here’s a poor-quality trailer in French for episodes three and four.

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