119 user 18 critic


0:41 | Trailer
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.


Abi Morgan
1,624 ( 11)




1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





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
Steve Munroe Steve Munroe ...  Moustache Mike 6 episodes, 2015
Roy Martin Thorn 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 Edwards 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 ...  Security Guard 2 episodes, 2015
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 ...  Omari Tadros 2 episodes, 2015
Louis Mahoney ...  Lumo 2 episodes, 2015


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Greater London Police is fictional and is likely used to avoid licensing disagreements with the real life Metropolitan Police Service. See more »


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.
See more »


Featured in BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 (2016) See more »

User Reviews

When Mercedes Benz arrived in America...
30 November 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Bear with this cranky old reviewer for a moment.

In the 1960s, Consumers Union, the only car magazine in America that actually purchased the cars they reviewed (and resold them after) got their hands on a Mercedes sedan. It was culture shock for all concerned. When the review hit the newsstands -- crammed in among raves for Firebirds and Mustangs -- the editors said that for the first time in their careers (the magazine had been out for well over a decade) they were obliged to give a perfect score ... because the car was ... perfect.

So here I go, pushing toward some 1000 reviews for the IMDb (for which I get a X-Mas card each year from the founder and heartfelt good e-wishes) and I too am compelled to give this series a perfect score.

Because -- and pardon me while I hide behind the complex technical lingo of the professional reviewer -- it is perfect.

From the opening sequence which riffs off a popular song, to the closing bit which riffs off that same song. Perfect.

To the acting, which makes Bruce Willis' performance in a similar American vehicle look like sleepwalking.

And most of all, the scripts. Scripts to die for. Scripts by Abi Morgan (of THE HOUR fame). Scripts so well constructed they could make even Steven Moffat have a rare moment of insecurity, and wonder if perhaps he should have become an accountant.


Just perfect.

90 of 108 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 119 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »





English | Arabic | Swedish | Romanian | French

Release Date:

13 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

River See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed