River (2015)
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Episode #1.6 

Tormented by Cream River discovers that Michael Bennigan was a shareholder in one of the companies that, through a legal loop-hole, employed illegal immigrants. At the same time Tom Read is... See full summary »


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Abi Morgan (creator), Abi Morgan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... John River
Nicola Walker ... Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson
Lesley Manville ... Chrissie Read
Adeel Akhtar ... Ira King
Eddie Marsan ... Thomas Cream
Michael Maloney ... Tom Read
Turlough Convery ... Frankie Stevenson
Jim Norton ... Michael Bennigan
Sorcha Cusack ... Bridie Stevenson
Owen Teale ... Marcus McDonald
Georgina Rich ... Rosa Fallows
Lydia Leonard ... Marianne King
Steve Nicolson ... Jimmy Stevenson
Josef Altin ... Christopher Riley
Shannon Tarbet ... Erin Fielding


Tormented by Cream River discovers that Michael Bennigan was a shareholder in one of the companies that, through a legal loop-hole, employed illegal immigrants. At the same time Tom Read is charged with corruption, his confession staggering Chrissie. It also becomes obvious to River that Stevie's young brother Frankie is more involved in the circumstances of her death than first believed and was innocently instrumental in bringing about what happened to her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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17 November 2015 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Nicola Walker (Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson), Adeel Akhtar (Ira King) and Josef Altin (Christopher Riley) also worked together in Unforgotten (2015), as DCI Cassie Stuart, Hassan Mahmoud and Tyler respectively. See more »


[first lines]
Chrissie Read: [playing his interview video] Just to go back over around. You came out of the Chinese restaurant...
John River: Yeah.
Chrissie Read: After a brief exchange, she crosses the road. Did you see who shot her?
John River: No, my view was obscured by the van.
Chrissie Read: But you saw the car pull away?
John River: She crosses the road...
Chrissie Read: Do you recall the last thing she said to you?
John River: [sighs]
Chrissie Read: River...
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Overdid it
24 May 2016 | by born_naughtySee all my reviews

I absolutely loved this show. It came out of nowhere and blew me away. I was just looking at the list of Netflix shows and picked this one out, started watching without any prior knowledge, except that Stellan Skarsgård was the lead. I already knew he was he good actor, but not like this. The truth is that Stellan makes the whole show. Put a lesser actor in there and the whole show is ruined. Another reviewer here said that River is all about relationships. And I agree, this whole show is build around how River deals with everyone around him, dead or alive. I'm not going to repeat how well it was executed withing the show and I'm not going to reveal spoilers that I don't need to. Unlike most though I was disappointed in the final episode. As said before this show is about relationships. But the writers couldn't resist making this big "thrilling" finale to a show that was all about exploring the human psyche in it's own time. They insisted in making and solving this huge web of lies in one last episode even though the previous episodes barely had any of that. There really is a clash of styles, the last episode feels like it belongs on a different show, something more akin to CSI: suddenly putting plot twists and sensationalism above real human drama. Now, there was still some resolution and Stellan's, and the whole cast really, performance alone makes this worth your while. The last few scenes really are worth seeing and as a whole I can still recommend River to just about anyone. It's just a pity that at the end the writers overreached.

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