‘Spiral’ is a French cop show, called ‘Engrenages’ (Gears) in French.
BBC Four is now showing series seven, and I had been eagerly awaiting it for over a year.
OK, it has subtitles. But it doesn’t matter if you don’t usually like those, as it is easy to understand the action.
This is a TV cop series at its very best. We get the seedy side of Paris, the underworld that carries out crime there, and the detective teams that try their best to combat those criminals.
We see the judges like Judge Roban, attending magistrates assigned to cases, and working alongside the police teams to get a conviction.
Then the lawyers, good ones and bad ones. Honest ones, and corrupt ones. Like Miss Karlsson, looking to profit from protecting criminals, and ending up in prison for their trouble. The cop team headed by the troubled Laure, supported by her loyal colleague and sometime lover, Gilou.
Nothing is over-dramatised.
Nobody is too handsome, or too beautiful.
They are just ordinary people.
They could be us, you and me.
This is TV at its best, and worth trying to find. Wherever you live, and whatever language you speak.
If you can, try to start at series One, as the continuing story is not unlike a serial.
Here’s a short trailer.