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.


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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 4 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 1 episode, 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 1 episode, 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.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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


John River: Madness can bring its own kind of clarity.
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User Reviews

23 November 2015 | by grasswhispererSee all my reviews

I had read about this series and was able to find a way to stream it and

I was so glad I did. There is a difference between American and British

Police procedurals that I have come to love. British shows like this are

so straightforward. They just tell the story. In a series like this you

get the entire story. Nothing is resolved in an hour (well, 45 minutes

with commercials) so you get a much more complete story. And there are so

many twists and turns, always making you think you have the answer but

you find out that that there is a new addition to complicate things. I

loved the interaction with River and Stevie (yes I know she was a

"manifest" as river called her) but their connection as actors makes the

story real, even if you have to suspend reality to absorb it. Skarsgard

plays River to a tee. So sad, so alone, missing his partner so much

that his occasional smiles and moments of joy are so sweet. I have

watched all of the episodes and the range of emotions that I had were

from A to Z. The ending was a surprise and so sad, but to see how River

has grown made me smile and tear up a little. I would recommend this to

everyone. If you judge it by only the first episode or two, you will

miss a great ride. Thumbs up to all of those involved in this

production. It was worth every minute of my time

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Release Date:

13 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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