And American crime dramas don't have a consistent theme. American producers, directors, and writers should study their British counterparts. The Brits have a theme. They love cops who are broken human beings. The more dysfunctional the better.
John sees dead people. He talks to them. They talk back. John responds physically and emotionally to them. Like I said, John River is barking mad. A nutter, as the Brits would say.
Netflix acquired exclusive international streaming rights to BBC's River This six-part thriller crime series was created by Emmy-Abi Morgan, who won an Emmy for The Hour, and produced by Endemol Shine International. Starring Stellan Skarsgård (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), River premiered October 13 on BBC One in the UK. All six episodes became available on Netflix starting November 18 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, DACH, Benelux and the Nordics.
In the first series (hopefully not the last) Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax) plays River’s colleague and confidante, Detective Sgt. Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson, with Adeel Akhtar (Utopia) as Detective Sgt. Ira King. Lesley Manville (An Adventure In Space And Time) plays their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Read. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) plays a notorious killer who haunts River. Additional cast includes Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) as Stevie’s mother, Bridie, and Georgina Rich (Sherlock) plays Rosa, a police psychiatrist.
It takes six one hour episodes to solve the crime and solve it he does. No, I'm not giving anything away. You'll forget my promise from the first episode inasmuch as you'll doubt that what little sanity River has left will last that long.