Other Sellers on Amazon
Spiral: Series 1 [DVD] 
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
This recent French TV sensation is a dark and labyrinthine Parisian crime drama with shades of CSI, The Wire and 24.
When the badly beaten body of a young Romanian woman is discovered on a Parisian rubbish dump, the investigation plunges us deep into the murky worlds of prostitution, drugs, business, politics and justice
The investigation is led by Pierre Clément, a young recently-named public prosecutor, who teams up with Police Captain Laure Bathaud and investigating magistrate Judge Roban three indomitable characters with their own methods, beliefs, demons and visions of justice.
As the young womans identity and past life are gradually uncovered, it soon becomes apparent that her story is tied to a network of corruption touching the very people charged with uncovering the truth about her.
Starring Gregory Fitoussi, Caroline Proust, Philippe Duclos, Guillaume Cramoisan and featuring Anne Caillon.
Tense and nasty, restrained and realistic: more Bête than Belle
-- The Guardian
There's an element of CSI in the graphic autopsy scene, a bit of 24 in the fancy camerawork and a lot of the wonderful State of Play in the hints of wrongdoing in high places. -- The Observer
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The first, second and, perhaps, third series of Spiral are amongst the best on offer, with arguably a slight 'tapering off' from four onwards.
Be that as it may... Series One has a cloying, tangible, atmosphere with at least four, perhaps five, different cases being tackled by the police, prosecutor and judge at the same time, with, occasional deeply disturbing images, and the internal bickerings amongst departmental colleagues/conspirators making for an absorbing and engaging viewing experience.
It often feels like one huge underbelly!
Jumping ahead... some what... really looking forward to series 6 and another roller coaster ride of French panache!
Indeed, as I said, I like the 'Frenchness' of the series. It's interesting to see how their policing works, how their courts conduct themselves, the relationships between police, prosecutor and 'juge' (not a court judge, more of a very senior investigating officer). In Berthaud we have an officer whom all professionals admire (and some fear), but one who makes no secret of her willingness to sleep with colleagues and close colleagues to whom she takes a fancy (so much so that one expert, a pathologist - and not an admirer - claims in a throwaway remark that she is famous for it). She is no slut ; she has great energy and a curious kind of humanity and dignity. Somehow this works in a French series in a way that it would not, I think, in a British context. At the same time, it highlights Berthaud's vulnerability. What kind of real relationships can she form in her lifestyle,which is characterised by danger, unpredictability, the need to confront the most horrible examples of human behaviour, awareness at all times of her accountability particularly to those who would like to see her defeated in her work .... ?
I am unhappy about one or two things. One is the character and behaviour of Prosecutor Pierre Clement. I don't want to give things away, but he maintains a friendship in the face of all evidence that it is foolish, unprofessional and dangerous to do so ; though reasons are given for this, I don't find them convincing and to me he seems naive beyond the point of credibility. He is a major character, so it matters. In the role, Gregory Fitoussi looks wonderful (Berthaud thinks so from episode one), but he has a slightly thankless task and I'm not sure how well he handles it. Very oddly, just once or twice he made me think of the British TV series 'Taggart', which features cops in the big city who always seems a little ploddish. Nothing else about 'Spiral' is like 'Taggart' - it's a much sharper show!!! Likewise Berthaud's determination to protect Inspector Lemaire ('Gilou') at great professional risk to herself seems a little hard to accept (though she does it very cleverly). And there are one or two plot devices that don't quite work for me, and one or two links that seems a bit far-fetched. Finally, the last episode doesn't really work for me - I can't explain why without perhaps giving things away. I can see what they are trying to do, but for me it was not a fully satisfying conclusion.
However, all of that simply makes the show not perfect. It remains gripping and surprising at every turn. I got it on DVD after seeing some of Series 2 on TV, and good as this is, I suspect (and others say) that Series 2 is even better. Next step, then, is to get that and watch the whole thing - and I understand Series 3 is being filmed now. Excellent!
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews