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      Season 1 – River

      2015 Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      100% 17 Reviews Tomatometer 95% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Stellan Skarsgård stars as John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault line is the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose secrets he must unlock, a man who walks a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that could cure him of his gift. Created and written by Emmy and BAFTA winning screenwriter Abi Morgan, this enthralling thriller pushes viewers' expectations of crime drama in bold and unexpected ways. Read More Read Less
      River — Season 1

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      River is a richly rewarding mystery that finds Stellan Skarsgård at the peak of his powers, ably rising to the nuances of Abi Morgan's pathos-laden teleplay.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Oct 13, 2015 Struggling to come to terms with the loss of a colleague, John River chases a potential suspect across London; meanwhile, the mother of a murdered teenager grows desperate and blames River for failing to make good on his promise to find her daughter. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 20, 2015 Still wracked with grief at the death of his colleague, River's mental fragility is further strained as he begins to suspect that the man he chased to his death was innocent. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 27, 2015 With his career and access to the Stevie case resting on the outcome of his psychiatric report, River must keep his unofficial investigations into Stevie's death to himself, creating tension with his new partner Ira. Details Episode 4 Aired Nov 3, 2015 The investigation into Stevie's murder changes direction when CCTV footage shows her to be closely involved with an illegal immigrant who owned the car that was used in her murder; the police launch a manhunt to track him down. Details Episode 5 Aired Nov 10, 2015 Following the murder in the public library, River and Ira must track down the killer; their journey takes them deep into the world of the undocumented migrant community in London, a world of international hostels and immigration lawyers. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 17, 2015 As the fractured events of Stevie's murder start to swim into focus for River, the awful truth places more pressure than ever on his worsening state of mind. Details Next
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      Previous Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News What tips it over are the performances, from Skarsgard’s haunted, lonely detective to Walker’s effervescent turn. 3.5/4 Aug 17, 2023 Full Review Brad Newsome Sydney Morning Herald Stellan Skarsgard brings immense gravitas and an extraordinary ability to change mood and mode in an instant in this engrossing crime series created by Emmy-winning writer Abi Morgan. Aug 18, 2021 Full Review Ben Travis London Evening Standard Starring Stellan Skarsgård as Detective John River and Nicola Walker as his partner Stevie, the detective drama stood out in an overcrowded genre with its compelling scripts and unusual elements courtesy of writer Abi Morgan. Apr 16, 2019 Full Review Tony Macklin tonymacklin.net River is an example of a hidden treasure. 3.5/5 Aug 2, 2021 Full Review Anne Brodie What She Said River is one of those offbeat, magical series that comes along occasionally, bursting with possibility, whose leading character is in some ways the best and worst of us, whom we immediately recognise. Jul 31, 2020 Full Review Pat Stacey The Herald (Ireland) River is a dazzling feat of high-wire writing without a safety net. Apr 16, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Joel G River, the british series from 2015, is the very best there is -- others may reach the same standard, though very few, but none can surpass this brilliantly crafted and performed limited series. Stellan Skarsgaard and Nicola Walker demonstrate a chemistry that is unmatched -- and the entire supporting cast is equally powerful. I've watched and rewatched many times and have yet to find it repetitious. Onceyou watch it, tell all your friends. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/29/23 Full Review Marianna K Incredibly moving and raw depiction of loss and grief set against an intriguing mystery crime setting. Couldn't help but wonder at the therapist/detective relationship though.... ! What therapist would realistically be ok that the client is stalking her, clearly obsessed with her and turning up unannounced repeatedly outside of work?! She even seemed flattered at the attention he gives to her to send absolute abuse her way. It's out of character that the River character would be that chauvinistic to think it's ok to speak to a woman like that and act in such a predatory way. Otherwise, top notch :P Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/11/23 Full Review PATRICIA E TV should be like this. Sure, it's a detective show, a crime drama, but it's got amazing twists from the very get-go. Although you've seen these stars in many other British dramas, their talent never fails to rise through other characters' voices. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/28/23 Full Review Laurette L I'm watching in 2023 It's a bit slow but So worth it. Love all the actors Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Bernard K "River" was the best Murder/Mystery series of my life viewing. The acting was superb and all of them were perfect for their roles. Also, the way the story gradually comes to its reveal was also amazing. In the end, I cried when River & Stevie fully declared their love for each other, and River renewed his zest for life. Amazing writing as well! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/07/23 Full Review CT 8 Stellan Skarsgård is masterful as John River. The story is wonderfully written and brilliantly told. Skarsgard's has been involved in 2 of the finest limited series I've ever seen, this one and Chernobyl....I'm guessing that's not a co-incidence. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/04/22 Full Review Read all reviews Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Director
      Richard Laxton
      Network
      BBC
      Rating
      TV-MA
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Oct 13, 2015
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