The major six-part series, from the producers of Broadchurch, The Hour and Spooks, and written by the award-winning, BAFTA nominated writer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady and Shame) adds a touch of Scandinavian crime to the British psychological drama. A new breed of international intrigue captivated viewers on BBC One as detective John River (Stellan Skarsgård - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Insomnia) lured us on his fragile journey. Not only were we absorbed by the harrowing investigation into the death of his former partner “Stevie” (Nicola Walker – Last Tango in Halifax), we gained an insight into the mind of a tragic hero.
John River is a gifted police officer with a secret. As a man haunted by manifestations of the dead, including a tormenting killer, Thomas Cream (Eddie Marsan – Ray Donovan) and the murder victims whose secrets he must unlock, he walks a tightrope between maintaining respectability at work and managing his own fragile state of mind. His colleague and confidant, Detective Sergeant Jackie Stevie Stevenson lends River the emotional support he so badly needs, whilst his boss, Chief Inspector Chrissie Reid (Lesley Manville – An Adventure In Space and Time) is conflicted between River s obvious talents and his evident problems.
Adrift in a London full of other exiled souls, River s own isolation helps him connect with the troubled victims who crash into his world, and to see the truth in ways his colleagues are drawn to admire and question, in equal measure. But as his long-held defences are eroded by love and loss, River is torn between the living and the dead; will he have to choose once and for all?
“RIVER does what so many fail to do, by pulsing with a humour that induces all-out love from the start. A stunning bit of work from Abi Morgan. The cop show jolts back to life.” – Guardian Guide
“Everything about this series – the way it’s shot, scored, written and performed – moves the story on with energy and intelligence, giving it depth and range.” – ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ – Daily Mail
“Skarsgård gives RIVER a complexity that takes the production to another level” – The Times
“Even amid the plethora of idiosyncratic hard-bitten detectives who populate TV’s many thriller series, John River (Stellan Skarsgård) stands out from the norm.” – ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ – Mail on Sunday