Spiral: Series 3. Episode 1
Saturday 2nd April. BBC4 21:00hrs.
by John Andrews:
For all those left without purpose in their lives on a Saturday evening since last week’s screening on BBC 4 of the final episode of ‘The Killing’, take heart for ‘Spiral’ returns in the same slot this coming weekend for a third series entitled ‘The Butcher of La Villette’. Similarly to ‘The Killing’, ‘Spiral’, based in Paris, tells the story of a crime from the perspective of the investigation with its main character being Police Captain Laure Berthaud who leads her dysfunctional squad down a disused railway line towards the dead body of a young woman and on into the ‘Spiral’ of the title, a psychological and physical whirlpool of intrigue, corruption and terror. Like ‘The Killing’ this is European television at its absolute best, if you have not seen the previous two series you will be addicted by midnight on Saturday and if you have you will already be counting down the hours.