Two cops who are sworn enemies tackle organised crime in this powerful French detective series.

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 Yach (8 episodes, 2008-2011)
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 Constantine (8 episodes, 2008-2011)
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 Léa Legrand (8 episodes, 2008-2011)
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 Salif (8 episodes, 2008-2011)
Gwendoline Hamon ...
 Isabelle Corey (8 episodes, 2008-2011)
Alice Vial ...
 Marie Van Sant (7 episodes, 2008-2011)
Guy Lecluyse ...
 Breunière (6 episodes, 2008-2011)
Nicky Marbot ...
 Mattei / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2011)
Annabelle Hettmann ...
 Anne Rossi / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
Marc Barbé ...
 Oriou (4 episodes, 2008)
Damien Bigourdan ...
 Denis (4 episodes, 2011)
Nicolas Koretzky ...
 Sacha (4 episodes, 2008)
Nicolas Grandhomme ...
 Louvain (4 episodes, 2011)
Edouard Montoute ...
 Alex Baros (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Hedgren (4 episodes, 2011)
Serge Dupuy ...
 Gu (4 episodes, 2008)
Arno Chevrier ...
 Vandersson (4 episodes, 2011)
Olivier Chantreau ...
 Petit Serge (4 episodes, 2011)
Igor Skreblin ...
 Gallardo (4 episodes, 2011)
Olivier Marchal
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 Binouze (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Annabelle (3 episodes, 2008)
Frank Berjot ...
 Hugo (3 episodes, 2008)
Laurent Labasse ...
 Dureuil (3 episodes, 2008)
Renaud Roussel ...
 Pascal Etcheverry (3 episodes, 2008)
Cécile Rebboah ...
 Sophie (3 episodes, 2008)
Stéphane Algoud ...
 Manuel Diaz (3 episodes, 2008)
Jo Prestia ...
 Sanchez (3 episodes, 2011)
Luc Lavandier ...
 Lentz (3 episodes, 2008)
Jean-Jacques Le Vessier ...
 Soubrier (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Christiane Battaglia (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Sartet (3 episodes, 2008)
Didier Becchetti ...
 Granger (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Chloé (3 episodes, 2011)
Valérie Moser ...
 Anne Azoulay (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Vlad (2 episodes, 2008)
Olga Sékulic ...
 Cristina (2 episodes, 2008)
Emmanuel de la Baume ...
 Maître Mercier (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Veuve Pascal (2 episodes, 2008)
Morgane Kerhousse ...
 Suzanne (2 episodes, 2008)
Zoé Duthion ...
 Zoé Legrand (2 episodes, 2008)
Amandine Decroix ...
 Femme Alex Barros (2 episodes, 2008)
Noureddine Maamar ...
 Cheb Larbi (2 episodes, 2008)
Sylvain Thirolle ...
 Monsieur Rossi (2 episodes, 2008)
Alexandre Le Provost ...
 Vallon (2 episodes, 2008)
Xavier Maly ...
 Médecin légiste (2 episodes, 2008)
Mostéfa Stiti ...
 Cherfi (2 episodes, 2008)
Etienne Le Foulon ...
 Neurochirurgien (2 episodes, 2008)
David Assaraf ...
 Binoclard (2 episodes, 2008)
Baptistin Sarguera ...
 Titouan (2 episodes, 2008)
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Two cops who are sworn enemies tackle organised crime in this powerful French detective series.

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Elite Squad
3 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This French crime drama is centred on Yachvili (Yachi) and Constantine, two police officers who were once the best of friends but, following an incident, despise each other. Constantine plays buy the rules but Yachi goes by instinct and they each head a squad and are forced to work together again when they find themselves going after the same criminal. Tensions rise further when a Rookie on Constantine's squad is killed and he blames Yachi. Over the course of the first season we learn more about what happened to spoil their friendship as they close in on their target. Events at the end of season one put one of the pair in prison; once released he is out of the police and soon involved with a criminal gang; the other is soon in the sights of Internal Affairs when they suspect he has turned a blind eye to his former colleagues actions.

This eight part series was rather fun; the two four episodes seasons following the same characters in different plots. The idea of having two old friends who now hate each other isn't the newest but it is an effective way of adding some extra tension. And there is plenty of tension as it is; after a rookie policewoman is killed early on there is a feeling that no secondary character is really safe. Yann Sundberg and Frédéric Diefenthal do impressive jobs as Constantine and Yachi respectively and the supporting cast are pretty good too. There is a decent amount of action which feels realistic rather than over the top 'action movie' action. The ending does leave things open for a third series although given how long ago it finished I suspect it is a little unlikely. Overall I'd recommend this to fans of Continental crime shows.


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