Sat Mar 16, 9-11.10pm, BBC4
Fri Mar 8 2013
Time Out Ratings :<strong>Rating: </strong>5/5
Series four, episode 11
Prepare yourself for some ticky-ticker stopping moments in ‘Spiral’ as the final double-bill builds up to an explosive finale. The many story strands of the season converge as Josephine’s terrorists and Capitaine Berthaud’s Turks team up to devastating effect. While the threat they pose is the focus of this thrilling final episode, the rotten heart of Paris’s judicial system provides some slow-burning menace to run in tandem. Bureaucracy, careerism and the terror of scandal entrenched in the system are shown to obstruct ‘real’ police work and, ironically, stand in the way of true justice being served.
None of the tension is lost by the resolution of its loose-ends, which are tied with a flourish: Judge Robin gets the result he needed, but not necessarily the one he wanted after shunning the creepy advances of the local Masons; Tin Tin begins to truly unravel – taking much of the case with him; while Pierre’s dalliances in the darker side of legal practice see him coming close to a cropper – leave the hard stuff to the missus, old chap.
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