TV recommendations

After a few months of not much happening, there’s suddenly a few new series that deserve your attention.

Spiral. Third series of the edgy French cop show, labelled Spiral: The Butcher of La Villette by the BBC in the hope you won’t realise you’ve missed two series already. (You don’t really need to see them to understand this, but they’re only 15.99 on Amazon anyway) Apart from the thriller elements and the terrific cast, it’s fascinating to see a completely different judicial system in operation. Saturday nights on BBC4 with a midweek repeat, and on iplayer.

Rubicon. An outstanding conspiracy thriller shown on US TV last year. Sometimes slower than treacle but never boring, it’s reminiscent of ’70s paranioa movies and the cast is perfect. I’ve never rated James Badge Dale before but he’s found the right part at last. Or would have if Rubicon hadn’t been canned at the end of the first series. It just about ties things up so don’t let that put you off. And watch for Michael Cristofer’s marvellously eccentric performance as Truxton Spangler. Starts Thursday night on BBC4 and on iplayer.

The Walking Dead. Weekend terrestrial showing on Channel5 for Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the ongoing graphic novel, patchy but the basic set-up, a less political telling of the Romero stories with a large budget, means it can’t fail. Non-spoiler review of the first episode here.



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