It does not get much better than this approx 800 minutes of cracking drama..
The casting is excellent,everyone believable, not a bad episode ,in fact I had a hard time disciplining myself to 2 episodes a night !
As there was a slight variation in the storytelling between season 1 and 2 ,so there is in season 3.
In 3 there are 3 (!) story arcs which run more or less along side each other, the main one is yet another horrific murder but this time there seems to be serial killer out there,the second starts with a seemingly (unpleasant) case of dog control and leads off into far murkier territory and the third with affairs of our favourite prosecutor and shady lawyer as they try to change their lot.
It is also about obsession,Captain Berthaud with the man who may,or may not be "the Butcher",Judge Roban with the uncovering of a conspiracy that may lead into the high echelons of power and the "legal eagles" with the need to change their lives round and "do the right thing"..all of their lives spiral in and out of control affecting those round them and all have some nasty surprises in store..You learn a bit more about some of the other regulars and there are some new characters as well.Not to mention some very unpleasant bad'uns.
Many people in trying to be helpful compare this to the "Wire",well I am not so sure,Spiral is not the next "wire" it is it's own unique series with,obviously, a strong Gallic flavour ,to some lovers of american crime drama it may not appeal,it is much more graphic..I personaly did not like the "wire" but loved this..the nearest I can get to on the "if you like this you will like that" game is Waking the Dead/Sherlock/Taggart/Whitechapel but,hey I also like the more gentle style of Foyles War/Lewis.
Just read that another 3 seasons have been commissioned with the production of "4" having already started in June ...Yippee !!!!"