Monday, 27 July 2015

Tricky: We Don't Die (Theme from Witnesses /Les Témoins)

A new French TV series making a  dent on UK screens is Witnesses (Les Témoins), currently being shown on Channel 4.

Starring Thierry Lhermitte and Marie Dompnier, it's a crime drama set in the north of France in the town of Tréport in en Haute-Normandie.

It was originally shown on France 2 earlier this year, and it's the first time in 20 years a TV show made by  France Télévisions has been shown in the UK.

Channel 4 of course showed the series The Returned (Les Revenants), one of the first drama serieses on the channel in 20 years.

Spiral (Engrenages) continues to gather an audience on BBC 4.

Nice to see quality French drama continuing to make an appearance on UK TV, even though it's so far only making the smallest footprint.

But back to Witnesses. It's a quality programme with an imagination and atmosphere that puts it above most other police dramas.

All the more interesting because it puts the spotlight on an often overlooked part of France.

Music for the titles come from Tricky, with the track We don't die from his 2013 album False Idols. It would have been nice to have a French act, but it's a great choice of track for a TV show title sequence.

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