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Spiral BBC4

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Doghouse Riley, Jan 11, 2021.

  1. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Anyone watching this?

    I've watched all the series, it's the best detective drama on TV. I can put up with the subtitles as it's a French series.

    It's series eight. all ten episodes are on i>Player.

    I was amused at a scene in episode four.

    A scene in this has one of the main characters Laure, with an anxious look on her face, walking the streets of Paris at night, to moody background music, looking for her lover, who has failed to turn up for an arranged meeting.

    Err... haven't we seen that before?

    Jeane Moreau with an anxious look on her face, walking the streets of Paris at night, to moody background music, looking for her lover, who has failed to turn up for an arranged meeting.



    At least they didn't use the same Miles Davis music.

    TV drama directors, often like to have their little "in jokes." Which for many, may go unnoticed.

    For example, in an episode of Endeavour where a murder is committed in a cinema, they interview an attractive blonde usherette, whose name we are told is Betty Perske, (the original name of Lauren Bacall).
     
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  2. I love 'Spiral'. Haven't seen series 8 yet. When we noticed that the first seven were up on iPlayer, we decided to watch them all from the beginning, and it's interesting to note the change in style between the seasons. The mad zoom setting up some scenes from the first series has thankfully gone, Just started season 5, and I remember the scene from s.4, but have to admit the Jeanne Moreau homage isn't one I'd have picked up.
     
  3. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    What impressed me was that the outdoor scenes of Paris were "warts and all." Also the chaos for the city's administrators with the continual influx of under age migrants.
    The homage scene is in episode 4 of the present series, 8. All ten epuisodes are on i>player.

    There's a new judge, an attractive female and she's as sharp as a tack.

    I think this will be the last series.
     
  4. daglesj

    daglesj Forum Resident

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    Have watched some of it over the years. The French legal system terrifies me.

    However, the redhead lawyer lady...wow!!!:love:
     
  5. MrGrumpy

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    It's a great show, with a perspective of Paris that most are lucky not to see. Even if they are arguably the worst cops on the planet, they are undoubtedly the most dedicated. The redhead, yeah. Women's prison! Looking forward to the new season in iPlayer, though I will miss their go-to judge.
     
  6. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  7. Ma Kelly

    Ma Kelly Forum Resident

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    My parents lent me the first 5 series on dvd - I think we're through the first 3, but yeah it's really good. I'm not sure the subplots involving the judge are always necessary, but they do no harm.
     
  8. Ma Kelly

    Ma Kelly Forum Resident

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    [QUOTE="daglesj
    However, the redhead lawyer lady...wow!!!:love:[/QUOTE]

    I always think she looks really Irish...and then she starts speaking French!
     
  9. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Of course in the "wow" department neither are as good as Eddie Janko in Blue Bloods.
     
  10. MrCJF

    MrCJF Best served with coffee and cake.

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    I didn't get that one, but I'm starting to find the Endeavour in-jokes grating. Some of them (like the Kate Bush one in "Prey"-you can probably work it out from that) are real mood killers.
     
  11. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I too thought the Betty Persky one was a bit laboured, as if Roger Allam was uncomfortable saying it. After all, it is supposed to be a serious drama.
     
  12. MrGrumpy

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    It's no Sutherland's Law, for sure. The line between judge and prosecutor is pretty fine. And the cops' ID is a flimsy armband that reads "Police."
     
  13. Klavier

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    I love it--finishing season 5 at the moment. I think it's very well acted and written. And in reference to another thread, not all of the the actors/actresses are knockdown handsome or gorgeous--they look like real people for the most part. Well, Josephine Karlsson is mighty fine looking, and my wife thinks Pierre Clement is quite a hunk. Laure always looks like she needs a shower and a change of clothes!
     
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  14. scott palmiter

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    looks like it may be on Amazon Prime here in the states? will check it out!
     
  15. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

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    Yes, that’s where I’m watching it.
     
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  16. MrGrumpy

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    I don't get the sense that personal hygiene is a priority for any of them.

    I wish they could do a quick recap from season 7. How the hell am I supposed to remember why Gilou is in jail?
     
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  17. Cupids_bow

    Cupids_bow Eating a big bowl of beef chow mein

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    I’m on Season 2, so far so good.
     
  18. YoGarrett

    YoGarrett Well-Known Member

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    Great show. I watched the first two seasons (the Gustave Moreau-inspired serial killer and a middle eastern gang?) years ago, but lost track of it. Excited to see there's another six seasons for me to catch up with.
     
  19. Craig

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    Just finished Season 1 on Amazon Prime based on a suggestion by a member of this forum.

    Liked it and will continue on.
     
  20. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

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    It's a terrific show.
     
  21. Simon_LDT

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    Season 3 for me is when it really hits its stride (not that the first 2 seasons are bad) and each season just gets better. Some absolutely superb characters in this.
     
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  22. Gasman1003

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    I just binge re-watched the first seven series in preparation for series 8.

    Series 8 great so far, but I'm a little sad that my favourite character Judge Roban, and his Gallic Shrug, is not in this series.
     
  23. Ma Kelly

    Ma Kelly Forum Resident

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    Bit of a spoiler there!
     
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  24. Cupids_bow

    Cupids_bow Eating a big bowl of beef chow mein

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    I’m glad you said that I finished S2 last night and starting S3 today.
     
  25. MrGrumpy

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    Just finished Ep. 5 of the final season. No spoilers here, but someone in the episode mentioned "office politics," which pretty much sums up the entire show. But there's usually a lot of blood and guts to go with it. This season, there's a lot of talk, some awkward romances (can't the French do this better?), and not a lot of action. Prepare for lengthy asides about cell phones and tracking devices.

    Plotwise, I hate that slimy little Moroccan kid, don't care about Gilou's new direction though I can see where it's going, and am bored with the career prospects of a relatively new addition to the squad. Laure looks terrible while trying to be nicer. There's a hot new judge in town - no surprises what happens there, though she does pull off a cool chess move. The only other piece of eye candy is Lola, but she's a minor character, and her subplot - a vestige from last season - is buried so deep. The redhead is spinning her wheels playing babysitter, as is everyone really.

    I miss Tintin. He provided some moral gravity. As usual, the other guys in the squad (incl. the Gallic version of Creed Bratton) are just decorative.

    I find myself pressing pause a lot - as I am now - to go off and play some chess or clean the house, or something.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021

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