Spiral: State of Terror

Sat Feb 23, 9-10.45pm, BBC4

Series four, episode five
That’s more like it. After a brief pause for breath last week, tonight’s double bill has Tazer attacks, Faustian pacts and a Sim card stuck up someone’s bottom. Where Laure and the team’s people-trafficking and gun-running double-whammy will end is anyone’s guess, but Tintin’s shooting suggests that no one is safe.

There’s also the growing suspicion that, by the time ‘Spiral’ comes to an end, Josephine and Pierre will have reversed roles entirely: the roots of Maître Karlsson’s loathing of les flics are revealed tonight while she tries to do the right thing in impossible circumstances; Pierre, meanwhile, is too busy mislaying his moral compass to notice.

The calm centre, as ever, is the ever-adorable Judge Roban, although even he discovers the practical limits of fair play tonight. It’s testament to this series excellence that all the apparently unrelated plotlines are equally compelling: you won’t feel shortchanged.

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