John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

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Series cast summary:
Stellan Skarsgård ...  John River 6 episodes, 2015
Nicola Walker ...  Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson 6 episodes, 2015
Lesley Manville ...  Chrissie Read 6 episodes, 2015
Eddie Marsan ...  Thomas Cream 6 episodes, 2015
Adeel Akhtar ...  Ira King 6 episodes, 2015
Georgina Rich ...  Rosa Fallows 6 episodes, 2015
Owen Teale ...  Marcus McDonald 6 episodes, 2015
Turlough Convery ...  Frankie Stevenson 6 episodes, 2015
Roy Martin Thorn ...  Police Officer 6 episodes, 2015
Michael Maloney ...  Tom Read 5 episodes, 2015
Sorcha Cusack ...  Bridie Stevenson 5 episodes, 2015
Steve Nicolson ...  Jimmy Stevenson 5 episodes, 2015
Jim Norton ...  Michael Bennigan 4 episodes, 2015
Josef Altin ...  Christopher Riley / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Peter Bankole ...  Haider Jamal Abdi / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Pippa Bennett-Warner ...  Tia 2 episodes, 2015
Lydia Leonard ...  Marianne King 2 episodes, 2015
Franz Drameh ...  Bruno Marconi 2 episodes, 2015
Shannon Tarbet ...  Erin Fielding 2 episodes, 2015
Steve Edwin Steve Edwin ...  Security Guard 2 episodes, 2015
Ali Craig Ali Craig ...  Banker 2 episodes, 2015
Stacha Hicks ...  Housewife / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Souleiman Bock ...  Khaalid Mohamoud 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Byron ...  Ukrainian Manager / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Jon House Jon House ...  Policeman 2 episodes, 2015
Stefan Kalipha Stefan Kalipha ...  Omari Tadros 2 episodes, 2015
Louis Mahoney ...  Lumo 2 episodes, 2015
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A hardened, yet psychologically vulnerable, Swedish-born police detective in London struggles to deal with having witnessed the murder of his detective partner. He must come to terms with the loss whilst investigating her murder, helped (and sometimes hindered) by what he calls 'manifests' - the ghosts of both victims and criminals, including the shade of his partner.

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Release Date:

13 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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Kudos Film and Television See more »
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Nicola Walker (Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson), Adeel Akhtar (Ira King) and Josef Altin (Christopher Riley) also worked together in Unforgotten (2015), as DCI Cassie Stuart, Hassan Mahmoud and Tyler respectively. See more »

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Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson: Sex is an itch to scratch. Love is an itch so far down your back that you can never scratch it with your own hand.
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Truly Original
9 November 2015 | by judy-12380See all my reviews

Having used IMDb for years, it took this programme to make me sign up and register to leave a review. As of the time of writing, the series is 2/3 of the way through and I am already mourning the end, though certain that I will not be able to second-guess how everything is resolved (if, indeed, it is). The central character is John River, a Detective Inspector with the Police working in the East End of London. He is a genuinely complicated man, and we are only drip-fed clues to his (Swedish) background, but he has obvious mental health issues he fights to control. In the hands of most actors, I might have been sceptical, but played by the magnificent Stellan Skarsgard, I have been totally drawn into his world and left praying that everything will work out for him. I have never wanted to be able to hug a character in a programme before, but River goes through so many emotions that it is impossible not to be swept along with him. The supporting cast are also excellent - Nicola Walker and Adeel Akhtar as his partners, Lesley Manville as his immediate superior; all warm, likable and believable characters. Finally, mention has to be made of Abi Morgan, who created the series. I can only hope that she can come up with a satisfying conclusion to the series that does not slam the door on a possible second series - but only if the magnificent Stellan Skarsgard can be persuaded to return. I have already begun to delve into his back catalogue and am more impressed with every film I see.


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