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Philippe Triboit and Pascal Chaumeil, France, 2005
The entire series is being repeated on consecutive nights from Monday 9 April 2007 at 11pm. See listings for details.

When the disfigured body of a young woman is found in a skip, a crack team of police officers and legal support are on the case.

This handsome new eight-part thriller combines the great French tradition of the policier with all the excitement of the best UK and US crime series.

Discover what people have been saying about the series and let us know your thoughts:

The Guardian 01/07/06

Appelez les flics! I could be going out on a limb here, but to my mind, Spiral is the best French TV programme there's been on British television since Belle & Sebastian.

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The Observer 28/05/06

There's an element of CSI in the graphic autopsy scene, a bit of 24 in the fancy camerawork and a lot of the wonderful State of Play in the hints of wrongdoing in high places. But, what marks Spiral out from its competition is its setting: this isn't Britain or America but Paris and the programme-makers have a lot of fun playing with American cop conventions and giving them a noticeably French twist.

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Digital Spy

It was trés bon. Apart from the fact I couldn't put the sound up and make a cup of tea. Oh and I missed some of the corpse scene due to having to pull my hoodie over my eyes and so couldn't read les subtitles... Kept getting a little confused with who was police and who was law. And who knew who... but maybe that'll become clearer later. Bit of a grammar lesson thrown in there too; Pierre: "She is beautiful", Pierre's mate: "She was beautiful". If only I'd caught the French!

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Have Your Say

I have found this riveting and have been following it assiduously. Sunday night will not be the same when it finishes, please let us have some more of these sort of French detective series. They are refreshingly different!
Loraine Calvert, Blackpool, Lancashire

There is so much going on and the twists and turns are great. I love the acting and the French way of doing things is so refreshingly upfront. It is also great to see a female lead who looks stressed and make-up free but still sexy! Unlike the CSI girls who are make-up perfect and blow-dried all the time!
Rebecca Taylor, London

This wipes the floor with all other programmes of its type (except possibly NYPD Blue, which is a bit different), but a question - why so coy about sex? This programme is as honest as it comes usually, with episode three alone containing a horrifically burnt corpse, graphic descriptions of gay sex and even a man eating his own shit, yet when ever anyone slips into bed, we never see the act, just the decorous outcome. I'm not saying we should, just pointing out how odd it is that a French drama of all things should seem to coy.
Chris Rogers, Edgware

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The Stage 01/06

It's quite disconcerting to see familiar CSI-stylee tracking shots of a cityscape, but with the Eiffel Tower plonked in the middle of them (and that's the real Eiffel Tower, not the shonky copy they have in Vegas).

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From the Offices of Orange Girl Productions 31/05

You should check out Spiral on BBC Four - Sundays 9pm. It's tense, edgy and slick. Plus it's French, so it will make you feel more intelligent and sophisticated just by watching it.

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