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The City and the City 

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Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Beszel, investigates the murder of a student from Beszel's twin-city of Ul Qoman - which occupies the same space but is perceived differently.
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Series cast summary:
Christian Camargo ...  Doctor Bowden 4 episodes, 2018
Ron Cook ...  Commissar Gadlem 4 episodes, 2018
Mandeep Dhillon ...  Constable Corwi 4 episodes, 2018
Robert Firth ...  Mike Gorse 4 episodes, 2018
David Morrissey ...  Inspector Tyador Borlú 4 episodes, 2018
Dennis O'Donnell Dennis O'Donnell ...  Beszel Resident 4 episodes, 2018
Graham Parrington Graham Parrington ...  Security cop 4 episodes, 2018
Lara Pulver ...  Katrynia Borlú 4 episodes, 2018
Maria Schrader ...  Senior Detective Dhatt 4 episodes, 2018
Paprika Steen ...  Professor Nancy 4 episodes, 2018
Danny Webb ...  Major Syedr 4 episodes, 2018
Lee Bagley ...  Yorjavic / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Cokey Falkow ...  Shukman 3 episodes, 2018
Michael Moshonov ...  Aikham Tsueh 3 episodes, 2018
Amélie Chantrey ...  Ul Qoma Girl 2 episodes, 2018
Barry Aird ...  Tairo 2 episodes, 2018
Morfydd Clark ...  Yolanda Stark 2 episodes, 2018
Marama Corlett ...  Rebecca 2 episodes, 2018
Paul Dallison Paul Dallison ...  Doctor 1 / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Andrea Deck ...  Mahalia Geary 2 episodes, 2018
Rebecca Dyson-Smith ...  Sariska 2 episodes, 2018
Marc Esse Marc Esse ...  Beszel Border Guard 2 episodes, 2018
Moey Hassan Moey Hassan ...  Worker Priest Driver / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Corey Johnson ...  Geary - 2 episodes 2 episodes, 2018
Kasia Koleczek ...  Yallia / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Marko Leht ...  Militsya officer 2 episodes, 2018
Russell Richardson Russell Richardson ...  Grimes 2 episodes, 2018
Melissa Vaughan Melissa Vaughan ...  Sear 2 episodes, 2018
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Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Beszel, investigates the murder of a student from Beszel's twin-city of Ul Qoman - which occupies the same space but is perceived differently.

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2018 (UK) See more »

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Город и Город See more »

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(4 episodes)

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A murder mystery in a strange sci-fi setting
8 April 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This four-part miniseries is set in the twin cities of Beszel and Ul Qoma; to an outsider they might appear to be one city but residents have trained themselves to completely ignore the other; to notice something in the other city is a crime even if it is right next to you. It is possible to legally pass from one city to the other but once across you must ignore where you came from. Those who cross illegally come to the attention of Breach; the shadowy organisation that polices the boundaries.

Tyador Borlú is an Inspector in the Beszel Extreme Crime Squad and his latest case involves an American student found dead in the city; she shoudn't have been there though as she was studying in Ul Qoma. His investigation will lead him to Ul Qoma, to radicals who believe there is actually a third hidden city called Orciny and ultimately to Breach; only then will he discover what happened to the girl and why... also how it was linked to the disappearance of his wife some years before.

I haven't read the book and when I saw the trailers for this series I thought it might be a bit too weird; but as I like science fiction and mysteries I thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did as I was quickly hooked; to the extent that I watched it in one day. The setting is intriguing and the makers did a fine job of depicting the cities; the 'other' city slightly out of focus often to one side of the screen. Usually in such a story one might expect one city to be dystopian and the other utopian but here both are fairly dystopian, even if Ul Qoma appears to be more advanced. The mystery is solid and the details of the girl's death should keep one guessing till the end. We also get political machinations and a high level of threat much of the time. David Morrissey does a really good job as Borlú and he is ably supported by Mandeep Dhillon, as his new partner Constable Corwi and Maria Schrader, as Ul Qoma's Senior Detective Dhatt, amongst others. Over all I'd say this won't be for everybody but it you want something rather different I'd certainly recommend giving this a go.


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