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The Young Montalbano

Series 1 Episode 3: Back to Basics

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Montalbano investigates a kidnapping and makes the acquaintance of a beautiful architect.

Italian detective series. Salvo investigates a kidnapping and meets a beautiful Genoese architect, but a rivalry with the new deputy inspector quickly develops.

Just as he's starting to settle into his new job, Montalbano is surprised, and somewhat irked, by the unexpected arrival of the new deputy inspector Mimi' Augello. The two soon find that their personalities are as alike as chalk and cheese. Together, they investigate the kidnapping of a young child and make the acquaintance of beautiful Genoese architect Livia Burlando. A rivalry immediately ensues for the girl's attentions.

In Italian with English subtitles.

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The Young Montalbano

Series 1 Episode 1: The First Case

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1 hour, 57 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Montalbano investigates an attempted murder by a vulnerable young woman.

Novice detective Salvo Montalbano's first case in Vigata involves investigating an attempted murder by a vulnerable young woman whose motives appear unfathomable.

Young detective Salvo Montalbano is posted to a remote village in the Sicilian mountains, where he struggles to adapt to the somewhat unwelcoming climate, but a promotion and transfer bring him to the more agreeable seaside town of Vigata. Here he finds himself supervising a team of local policemen, including veteran Carmine Fazio and affable but bumbling agent Catarella. Montalbano's first case in Vigata involves investigating an attempted murder at the hands of a vulnerable young woman whose motives appear unfathomable.

In Italian with English subtitles.

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Spiral

Series 5 Episode 4

BBC Four
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55 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Laure tries to convince Roban that he is mistaken in his pursuit of Jaulin.

French crime drama serial. Laure tries to convince Roban that he is mistaken in his pursuit of Jaulin and decides to concentrate on tracking down the raiders.

Laure tries to convince Roban that he is mistaken in his pursuit of Jaulin and decides to concentrate on tracking down the raiders, but new evidence emerges which proves damning for Jaulin. Herville piles the pressure on his team to nail the mugging ring, so Gilou proposes an unorthodox alternative. While representing a civil case against corrupt police officers, Josephine Karlsson comes up against an infamous, amoral lawyer by the name of Eric Edelman.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Pierre Clement
Gregory Fitoussi
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Director
Frederic Jardin
Producer
Vassili Clert

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Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 5

Spiral

Series 5 Episode 5

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Herville wants to endear himself to the police commissioner, so Gilou makes a suggestion.

French crime drama serial. Herville strives to endear himself to the police commissioner. Laure's team hires an informant who was already on the payroll of Bremont's crime unit.

Herville strives to endear himself to the police commissioner, who is eager to have a case resolved in order to whip up positive publicity, so Gilou steps in with a daring suggestion. But much is at stake, and Gilou's plan threatens to backfire. Laure's team hires an informant who was already on the payroll of Bremont's crime unit. Stephane Jaulin finds himself under increasing pressure as the number one suspect. In court, Joséphine goes head to head with the infamous Eric Edelman, who is defending the two policemen accused of manslaughter and corruption.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Pierre Clement
Gregory Fitoussi
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Director
Frederic Jardin
Producer
Vassili Clert

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 5

Spiral

Series 5 Episode 6

BBC Four
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55 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Police come across new evidence which could shift the focus of the investigation.

French crime drama serial. While pursuing the raiders, police come across new evidence which could potentially shift the focus of the double murder investigation.

While pursuing the raiders, police come across new evidence which could potentially shift the focus of the double murder investigation. Pierre Clément presses an increasingly inflexible Judge Roban to free his client, as Stephane Jaulin sinks further into the depths of despair, with major consequences. Having been successfully represented by Joséphine in court, young Laetitia Ribeiro is acquitted and finally leaves prison to return to life on her estate. Determined to turn over a new leaf, she soon finds that her options are tragically limited and is roped into a criminal plan.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Pierre Clement
Gregory Fitoussi
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Director
Frederic Jardin
Producer
Vassili Clert

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 5

Spiral

Series 5 Episode 8

BBC Four
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55 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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The operation to capture Zacharie Gabbai has failed and he is now on the run.

French crime drama serial. The operation to capture Zacharie Gabbai has failed and he is now on the run. Carole Mendy requests Roban's help in a case of violent abuse.

The operation to capture Zacharie Gabbai has failed and he is now on the run. The police decide to set him a trap. Laure looks into the period in which Sandrine Jaulin's parents worked as a foster family, and a troubling history emerges. Carole Mendy requests Roban's help in a case of violent abuse involving a powerful Libyan businessman, Tarek Ziani. Gilou faces disciplinary action for the use of less-than-legal investigative methods.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Carole Mendy
Fatou N'Diaye
Zacharie Gabbai
Moise Santamaria
Director
Frederic Jardin
Producer
Vassili Clert

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 5

Spiral

Series 5 Episode 9

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55 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Gilou is taken into custody, as his team looks on in dismay.

French crime drama serial. Gilou is taken into custody, as his team looks on in dismay. Joséphine defends Tarek Ziani and engages in a power struggle with Roban.

Gilou is taken into custody, as his team looks on in dismay. Herville clashes with his superiors. The identity of Lucie Jaulin's biological father is finally established. Egged on by Edelman, Joséphine defends Tarek Ziani and engages in a power struggle with Roban. The police go ahead with their plan to catch Zacharie Gabbai, but the operation is a risky one - especially now that Gilou is out of action.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Carole Mendy
Fatou N'Diaye
Zacharie Gabbai
Moise Santamaria
Tarek Ziani
Dhaffer L'Abidine
Eric Edelman
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Director
Frederic Jardin
Producer
Vassili Clert

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 5

Spiral

Series 5 Episode 11

BBC Four
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45 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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The noose tightens around the criminal activities of Karen's girl gang.

French crime drama serial. Following the attack on Kimberley, the noose tightens around the criminal activities of Karen's girl gang. But as the police close in, they strike again.

Following the savage attack on Kimberley, the noose tightens around the criminal activities of Karen's girl gang. But as the police start to close in, they strike again. Meanwhile, it's time to find out whether Josephine's audacity has paid off in her defence of Gilou. The Ziani case runs into trouble when it confronts the machinations of covert international 'diplomacy'.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Carole Mendy
Fatou N'Diaye
Karen 'Oz' Hoarau
Shirley Souagnon
Tarek Ziani
Dhaffer L'Abidine
Eric Edelman
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Director
Frederic Jardin
Producer
Vassili Clert

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 5

Spiral

Series 5 Episode 12

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55 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Roban can't stand to see Tarek Ziani elude his charges and tries to bring him down.

French crime drama serial. Roban can't stand to see Tarek Ziani elude his charges and tries to bring him down using the Crime Unit's investigation into a luxury vehicle racket.

Roban can't stand to see Tarek Ziani elude his charges and tries to bring him down using the Crime Unit's investigation into a luxury vehicle racket. But Gilou's dealings with a prominent police informant threaten the outcome of the operation. Laure's team pulls out all the stops to find the little girl kidnapped by Karen's gang, as a ransom is demanded in exchange for her freedom. Will the girl be saved? And will the culprit for the double murder of Sandrine and Lucie Jaulin be brought to justice?

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Carole Mendy
Fatou N'Diaye
Karen 'Oz' Hoarau
Shirley Souagnon
Tarek Ziani
Dhaffer L'Abidine
Eric Edelman
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Director
Frederic Jardin
Producer
Vassili Clert

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 5

Hidden Killers

The Edwardian Home

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BBC Four
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1 hour Available for 5 months First broadcast:
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Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the killers that lurked in every room of the Edwardian home.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the damage caused by the hazardous new inventions lurking in British people's homes as the 20th century dawned under the reign King Edward VII.

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way we lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But a lack of understanding of the potential hazards meant that they frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to an age when asbestos socks and radioactive toothpaste were welcomed into British homes. She reveals how their lethal qualities were discovered and why some of us are still living with the consequences of our Edwardian forebears' enthusiasm for untried and untested products.

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Presenter
Suzannah Lipscomb
Producer
Suzanne Phillips
Director
Suzanne Phillips
Executive Producer
Elizabeth Hartford
Executive Producer
Sarah Broughton

Hidden Killers

New Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home

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BBC Four
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1 hour Available for 5 months First broadcast:
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Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian home.

Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the killer products that surrounded the Victorians, as the domestic horrors of home life in the 19th century and the terrible consequences are laid bare.

Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the late Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But from the food they ate to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the Victorians were surrounding themselves with killers. What made taking a bath and drinking milk potentially so dangerous? And how did the Victorian woman turn herself into a walking fire hazard?

The domestic horrors of home life in the 19th century and the terrible consequences are laid bare, revealing how the Victorian ideal of 'safe as houses' was far from the reality.

Credits

Presenter
Suzannah Lipscomb
Producer
Suzanne Phillips
Director
Suzanne Phillips
Executive Producer
Elizabeth Hartford
Executive Producer
Sarah Broughton

Inspector Montalbano

Episode 1: The Snack Thief

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Inspector Montalbano investigates the murder of a local businessman.

Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano investigates the murder of a local businessman whose widow suspects that he was killed by his lover, a young Tunisian woman.

Detective Montalbano investigates the murder of a local businessman called Lapecora. Lapecora's widow suspects that he was killed by his lover Karima, a young Tunisian woman who mysteriously disappeared on the day of the murder. After succeeding in tracking down Karima's five-year-old son Francois, Montalbano realises that the case might be linked to that of a Tunisian man, also killed in mysterious circumstances on the same day that Lapecora died. Meanwhile, Montalbano's partner Livia, who has been entrusted with looking after Francois, becomes very attached to the young orphaned boy.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Genre

Inspector Montalbano

Episode 7: The Sense of Touch

BBC Four
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1 hour, 45 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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After the demise of two blind men, an investigation focuses on how a charity is operating.

Drama based on the books featuring the Sicilian detective. After the mysterious demise of two blind men, an investigation focuses on how a charity is operating.

The seemingly accidental death of a blind man leads Montalbano to an island off the coast of Sicily. Here the Inspector discovers that both the murder victim and a local fisherman had each deposited huge sums of money in their respective bank accounts.

Following the mysterious demise of a second man, who was also blind, the investigation begins to focus on the operations of a charitable foundation which increasingly looks not so charitable after all.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Credits

Salvo Montalbano
Luca Zingaretti
Livia Burlando
Katharina Bohm
Mimi' Augello
Cesare Bocci
Agente Fazio
Peppino Mazzotta
Doctor Pasquano
Marcello Perracchio
Director
Alberto Sironi
Writer
Francesco Bruni
Author
Andrea Camilleri
Catarella
Angelo Russo
Ignazia Piccolomini
Lucia Sardo

Genre

Inspector Montalbano

Episode 4: The Mystery of the Terracotta Dog

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The discovery of an arms stash in a cave leads to two bodies in a secret chamber.

Montalbano investigates when an arms stash is found in a cave, leading to the discovery of the bodies of two lovers killed in the 1940s.

A criminal turned state witness informs Montalbano of an arms stash in a cave just outside Vigata. Also uncovered in the cave is a secret chamber where the bodies of two lovers, killed sometime in the 1940s, were buried in a bizarre ritual. An intrigued Montalbano must challenge the Mafia and deal with the arms cache before he can investigate this second find.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Credits

Salvo Montalbano
Luca Zingaretti
Livia Burlando
Katharina Bohm
Mimi' Augello
Cesare Bocci
Agente Fazio
Peppino Mazzotta
Agente Gallo
Francesco Stella
Agente Galluzzo
Davide Lo Verde
Pasquano
Marcello Perracchio
Director
Alberto Sironi
Writer
Francesco Bruni
Author
Andrea Camilleri

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Arena

Desert Island Discs

BBC Four
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47 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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A celebration of Roy Plomley's radio favourite with some celebrity castaways' help.

First transmitted in 1982, Arena celebrates Roy Plomley's classic radio favourite, with the help of celebrity castaways, including Frankie Howerd, Arthur Askey and Paul McCartney.

First transmitted in 1982, Arena celebrates Roy Plomley's Desert Island Discs with the help of many celebrity castaways, including Frankie Howerd, Russell Harty, Trevor Brooking, the Lord Mayor of London, Professor JK Galbraith and Arthur Askey. The special guest for the 40th anniversary programme was Paul McCartney who was also a fan of the show: 'I love its homeliness. It conjures up the best in traditional British pleasure, like the great British breakfast. It's an honour to be asked'.

Credits

Executive Producer
Anthony Wall

Brand

Arena

Spiral

Series 6 Episode 3

BBC Four
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1 hour Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Evidence is in short supply to back suspicions of assault and murder.

French crime drama serial. Josephine is shaken after an assault. Roban resorts to an off-the-record test to build his case. Gilou and Laure grill two apparently reformed brothers.

Josephine is shaken after an assault. Roban resorts to an off-the-record test to build his case. Gilou and Laure grill two apparently reformed brothers for links to the dead cop.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Beckriche
Valentin Merlet
Eric Edelman
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Bakary Camara
Cyril Mendy
Fabienne Mangin
Camille Japy
Herville
Nicolas Briancon
Machard
Dominique Daguier
Drissa Camara
Narcisse Mame-Zollo
Thomas Weber
Lorenzo Lefebvre
Bremont
Bruno Debrandt
Director
Frederic Jardin
Writer
Anne Landois
Writer
Anne Rambach
Writer
Marine Rambach

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 6

Spiral

Series 6 Episode 5

BBC Four
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1 hour, 2 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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The fates of assorted wayward teenagers cause stress for police and lawyers.

French crime drama serial. Laure is sure a teen girl's death is linked to the Mercier murder, but proof is elusive. Josephine cracks before a crucial court appearance.

Laure is sure a teen girl's death is linked to the Mercier murder, but proof is elusive. Tintin is stressed by his son's misbehaviour, while Josephine cracks before a crucial court appearance.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Beckriche
Valentin Merlet
Eric Edelman
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Director
Frederic Jardin
Writer
Anne Landois
Writer
Gaelle Bellan

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Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 6

Spiral

Series 6 Episode 6

BBC Four
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1 hour, 2 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Humiliation could result at a public police operation and a private employment tribunal.

French crime drama serial. Difficulties escalate for the detectives seeking their teen victim's best friend. A sexual harassment hearing proves revealing of Josephine's feelings.

Difficulties escalate for the detectives seeking their teen victim's best friend. A sexual harassment hearing proves revealing of Josephine's feelings. Roban and Laure learn of police corruption.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Lieutenant Gilles 'Gilou' Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Lt Frederic 'Tintin' Fromentin
Fred Bianconi
Beckriche
Valentin Merlet
Jean-Etienne Vern
Sylvain Dieuaide
Stephanie Moreau
Aurore Auteuil
Fabienne Mangin
Camille Japy
Herville
Nicolas Briancon
Maria Gregoriu
Cassandra Dumitru
Director
Frederic Jardin
Writer
Anne Landois
Writer
Simon Jablonka

Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 6

Spiral

Series 8 Episode 1

BBC Four
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57 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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While Gilou faces prison, Laure's team take on a murder case that no-one else wants.

French crime drama. Laure's team try to recover their reputation by taking on a case that no-one else wants - the murder of an identified minor in a run-down part of town.

French crime drama. With Gilou facing the possibility of prison, Laure's team try to recover their reputation by taking on a case that no-one else wants - the murder of an identified minor in a run-down part of town.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Gilou Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Arnaud Beckriche
Valentin Merlet
Ali Amrani
Tewfik Jallab
Judge Lucie Bourdieu
Clara Bonnet
Josephine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Lola
Isabel Aime Gonzalez-Sola
JP
Jeanne-Pierre Colombi
Cisco
Kool Shen
Lenoir
Francis Leplay

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Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 8

Spiral

Series 7 Episode 11

BBC Four
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55 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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With Laure and Gilou in custody, Tintin is torn between his old friends and his new job.

French crime drama. When Laure and Gilou, under investigation by Internal Affairs, are taken into custody, Tintin is torn between his loyalties to his former colleagues and his new job.

When Laure and Gilou, under investigation by Internal Affairs, are taken into custody, Tintin is torn between his loyalties to his former colleagues and his new job. Josephine also faces a moral decision about how best to fight Lola's case.

In French with English subtitles.

Credits

Laure Berthaud
Caroline Proust
Gilou Escoffier
Thierry Godard
Ali Amrani
Tewfik Jallab
Joséphine Karlsson
Audrey Fleurot
Éric Edelman
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Judge Francois Roban
Philippe Duclos
Arnaud Beckriche
Valentin Merlet
Tintin
Fred Bianconi
Brémont
Bruno Debrandt
Cann
Cyril Lecomte

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Brand

Spiral

Series

Spiral: Series 7

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