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When the body of a woman is found in Bulkya Docks, an area that sits on the border between Beszel and Ul Qoma, Inspector Tyador Borlú notices similarities with an old case that has always haunted him.


Tom Shankland


Tony Grisoni, China Miéville (novel)




Episode credited cast:
Rose Akroyd Rose Akroyd ... Chairperson
James Brogden James Brogden ... Matty (barman)
Christian Camargo ... Doctor Bowden
Amélie Chantrey Amélie Chantrey ... Ul Qoma Girl
Ron Cook ... Commissar Gadlem
Craig Davies Craig Davies ... (credit only)
Andrea Deck ... Mahalia Geary
Mandeep Dhillon ... Constable Corwi
Buckso Dhillon-Woolley Buckso Dhillon-Woolley ... Immigration Officer
Marc Esse Marc Esse ... Beszel Border Guard
Cokey Falkow ... Shukman
Robert Firth ... Mike Gorse
Tom Follows ... Drodin
Dana Haqjoo ... Naustin
Moey Hassan Moey Hassan ... Worker priest driver


The body of a dead girl is found at Bulkya Docks, on the border between Beszel and Ul Qoma - two cities with a division like no other. Resident of the crumbling city of Beszel and Inspector of the Extreme Crime Squad, TYADOR BORLÚ takes on the case, assisted by OFFICER LIZBYET CORWI. The girl's body was seen dumped on the wasteland by a yellow van, and DETECTIVE NAUSTIN presumes the girl must have been a hooker. Cases like this are run of the mill for Borlú, but he notices strange similarities to an old case. The body was found in an area with lots of cross-hatching with Ul Qoma. COMMISSAR GADLEM thinks this is a case for Breach - the secret police who ruthlessly patrol all cross-border crime. Gadlem thinks maybe someone else should take it on, and that maybe it's too personal for Borlú - But Borlú insists he can handle it. As Unificationists protest that Ul Qoma and Beszel should become one city, Borlú receives a call from someone who says she was friends with the dead girl and ...

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Read the book!
14 August 2019 | by ecarlson-593-120461See all my reviews

This is based on one of the most brilliant, imaginative books I've ever read. I am really surprised that it translates this well into serial TV. This is an ambitious show. It's hard to follow at first, but stick with it! Better still, read the book first.

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