Spiral Series 2 (BBC4)

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  • northside 13 Sep 2009 19:59:11 655 posts
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    I think I was one of only a handful of people who watched this when series 1 was aired a few years ago. However if anyone else saw this cracking French crime drama you'll be pleased to know that with very little fanfare, series 2 is starting tonight on BBC4 at 10:00pm.

    /tumbleweed
  • northside 13 Sep 2009 20:06:18 655 posts
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    Guardian review where it gets compared favourably to The Wire.

    That should get someones interest :)
  • faux-C 13 Sep 2009 20:51:13 11,204 posts
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    Tonight!!! Awesome.

    The first series was cracking, (and the DVD-set is currently only about 13 on Amazon).
  • otto Moderator 13 Sep 2009 20:56:23 49,322 posts
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    Thanks for the tip, will try to catch this.
  • GrandTheftApu 13 Sep 2009 21:45:56 6,117 posts
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    Formidable!
  • northside 15 Sep 2009 23:37:09 655 posts
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    On BBC iPlayer, so there's no excuse not to grab the series 1 off amazon and catch up. Now that everyones heard of The Wire, this is the new show to bore people with!
  • President_Weasel 15 Sep 2009 23:39:54 12,355 posts
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    worth watching 2 on the iplayer if I didn't watch 1?
  • northside 15 Sep 2009 23:46:20 655 posts
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    I'd say it's still worth it, you'll have missed a fair bit of character progression but the main storyline is new. If it follows the same pattern as one, there'll be a season long case mixed in with some episodic ones.
  • Vice.Destroyer 15 Sep 2009 23:49:43 7,332 posts
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I didn't realise that Spiral is on iPlayer. I saw season 1 via Lovefilm. It is awesome.
  • TakeTheVeil 16 Sep 2009 00:08:44 5,057 posts
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    From the Guardian link..

    "Spiral, I realise, is Hollyoaks for the middle-aged, middle-class..."

    Despite that.. I'll have to check out the first series. There doesn't seem to be anything on usenet or torrents though. Merde!
  • sargulesh 16 Sep 2009 00:11:28 3,281 posts
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    northside wrote:
    On BBC iPlayer, so there's no excuse not to grab the series 1 off amazon and catch up. Now that everyones heard of The Wire, this is the new show to bore people with!

    That's what Heimat is for.
  • President_Weasel 16 Sep 2009 00:29:08 12,355 posts
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    TakeTheVeil wrote:
    From the Guardian link..

    "Spiral, I realise, is Hollyoaks for the middle-aged, middle-class..."

    Despite that.. I'll have to check out the first series. There doesn't seem to be anything on usenet or torrents though. Merde!

    fair enough, i am middle aged and fairly middle class :)
  • TakeTheVeil 16 Sep 2009 00:44:08 5,057 posts
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    Well lah-di-dah!

    I'm assuming your one's comparison between Hollyoaks and Spiral was based on how attractive the actors are in the show.
  • Vice.Destroyer 16 Sep 2009 01:16:00 7,332 posts
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    Whoever said that in the Guardian, does not deserve to review TV anymore. Hollyoaks and Spiral are as different as night and day.
  • faux-C 16 Sep 2009 01:19:47 11,204 posts
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    You're taking that comment a bit literally there.

    She just means that all the actors are pleasing on the eye, which in the vernacular, is true of Hollyoaks.
  • FHUTA 16 Sep 2009 11:34:03 878 posts
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    can't believe I missed this being on, then missed this thread - thank goodness for the big front page iPlayer promo at the beeb's site.

    first series was some of the finest TV out there so I'm really looking forward to this.

    /does a happy dance
  • sargulesh 16 Sep 2009 13:05:06 3,281 posts
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    I watched the first episode of Series 2. I thought it was rubbish but I'm sure you miss a lot of the nuance by not speaking French. I don't imagine a translation of The Wire would be half as good.
  • Deleted user 28 September 2009 21:42:26
    Jesus, this week's was rather harsh. The scene between Aziz and Karlsson was awful.

    Really enjoying season 2. I wish they'd make something like this over here, it's miles above most stuff we put out, up there with the best American stuff. If only the series appeared more regularly.
  • Vice.Destroyer 4 Oct 2009 22:58:25 7,332 posts
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    Another good episode. I feel a little sorry for the prosecutor and the french cop. Can anyone explain why the pretty redheaded lawyer has gone from fairly well-off to quite poor in this season?
  • northside 16 Apr 2011 10:36:11 655 posts
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    Anyone watching series 3? Just caught the first episode on iPlayer and its got off to a great start. Not for anyone with a weak constitution though.
  • Fonzie 16 Apr 2011 11:38:07 3,445 posts
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    I have watched all of them so far this season on BBC4. Great storyline so far.
  • RichieTenenbaum 16 Apr 2011 11:49:12 2,774 posts
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    I'm really liking it as well.

    Roban is a DUDE.
  • oldskooldeano 16 Apr 2011 12:01:26 3,285 posts
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    It's ok, but a bit heavy on the 'dysfunctional copper' stereotype. The violence/gore is a bit gratuitous as well, still it's got some decent acting. I'm hooked because it has replaced the transmission of 'The Killing' in the BBC4 schedule which was absolutely stunning. Now that truly was a brilliant series. Actually the first couple of episodes of the american remake of that have just been aired, I should go and check it out. If you haven't seen the Danish original I suggest you track that down.
  • oldskooldeano 16 Apr 2011 22:34:55 3,285 posts
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    Watching it now, and I realise why although drawn into it I can't love it. Everybody is utterly corrupt and difficult to like. I suppose that's the point though right? Is the french police force really that bent?
  • chopsen 28 Apr 2011 21:21:58 21,530 posts
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    Watching the 3rd series atm (2nd was good too!) and can anybody explain the French legal system with all the judges? What's that all about? They're like Judge Dredd crossed with Batman - they can go where they want, question who they want, pick and choose which cases to investigate. Carte blanch to do wtf they want basically. Is that even vaguely accurate?
  • Vice.Destroyer 1 May 2011 00:44:12 7,332 posts
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    I can't imagine that it is not accurate. I ain't french, have no knowledge of french police procedures, but a french guy at work first introduced me to this show and he never said that this show is preposterously unrealistic. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, I'd assume that this show is about as close to reality (in terms of procedures) as you can imagine.

    Everyone should really watch this show. As of writing, 10 episodes are viewable via iPlayer. It really is quite good.
  • Fonzie 1 May 2011 00:53:58 3,445 posts
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    It's amazing. Got to hunt down though others now. Just finished episode 9. Now for 10.
  • Vice.Destroyer 4 May 2011 11:12:56 7,332 posts
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    There was a throwaway comment between Judge Roban and his pupil, where they were talking about the powers that an investigating magistrate has. Roban is like, it's a better system than UK/US where the wealthy buy the best legal advice that money can buy. And the young pupil is like Like Outreau? Had to check out that scandal. It's quite something. And it seems that it changed nothing.
  • freedumb 26 Sep 2011 13:34:35 1,122 posts
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    Just finished watching series 1. These continental dramas are putting most of our detective shows in the UK to shame. In 8 episodes they've developed an engrossing plot, brilliant charcaters, and deep, seemingly realistic investigations. Top stuff.
  • anephric 5 Jan 2021 23:35:28 4,782 posts
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    New series of Spiral (s8) starting tonight on BBC4 at midnight. They really sneak this out on BBC4.
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