River (2015)
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John River is a detective who is grief stricken at the death of his colleague and appears haunted by the manifestations of murder victims.


Richard Laxton


Abi Morgan (creator), Abi Morgan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... John River
Nicola Walker ... Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson
Scott Hunt Scott Hunt ... Fast Food Server
Josef Altin ... Christopher Railey
Franz Drameh ... Bruno Marconi
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Tia
Lesley Manville ... Chrissie Read
Owen Teale ... Marcus McDonald
Shannon Tarbet ... Erin Fielding
Georgina Rich ... Rosa Fallows
Adeel Akhtar ... Ira King
Eddie Marsan ... Thomas Cream
Steve Edwin Steve Edwin ... Security Guard
Fady Elsayed ... Aten Olama
Jacqueline Boatswain ... Ursula


Inspector John River sees what he explains to psychologist Rosa Fallows as being 'manifestations', dead people with whom he can converse, notably his colleague Stevie, shot whilst on duty, but also Thomas Cream, a Victorian poisoner and Erin, a young girl whose boyfriend Aten was accused of her murder but whom River is able to help. At a press conference regarding Stevie's murder, River's odd behaviour alarms his superiors DCI Chrissie Read and Marcus McDonald when he sees another 'manifestation', a young robber whom he pursued to his death and who possibly killed Stevie. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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13 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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A recurrent song throughout this episode is "I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves To Dance)," by British disco artist Tina Charles (circa 1976). See more »


Rosa Fallows: Even if you were just colleagues, there was love...
John River: [laughs] Love. I've been trying to remember what that feels like - to be in love. It's been a while. For whatever reason, it has passed me by. The closet I got felt like food poisoning.
Rosa Fallows: [smiles]
John River: In books and films and plays it's always so compelling, so complex. There should be more than one word for love. I've seen love that kills, and I've seen love the redeems. I've seen love that believes in the guilty, and love that saves the bereaved. What...
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I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)
Written by James Bolden and Jack Robinson
Performed by Tina Charles
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