Monday 15 August 2016


I can't really remember watching a French TV series before. Movies, yes of course. I've meant to watch a few series, but never got to doing it until recently when I accidentally stumbled across a great series called Paris on SBS when my mother alerted me to a listing in the TV guide that just said Paris. Naturally that was enough for me to set the hard drive recording just to see what it was.

Paris is a new six part series, a French political thriller from the team behind Spiral- writer Virginie Brac and director Gilles Bannier. I heard of crime drama Spiral too late, and haven't been able to find it yet, but now will have to track it down somehow. 

Paris shows gives us a plot of intersecting lives over one day in that most beautiful of cities. 1 City. 1 Day. 12 Destinies. With great range of French characters covering every strata of society- the Prime Minister, a bus driver on the edge, a pregnant maid, a transgender nightclub singer, crooked judges who drink too much. There are  stray guns, union politics and lots of secrets. Naturally within ten minutes there is talk of a strike and a large political controversy.

And there is a lot of Paris scenery, sometimes incorporated into the story. Characters take the Metro, they take the bus. 

They walk down the street. 

Or peer out of taxi windows. 

And is this what happens behind all those grand doors? Liveried guards saluting the Prime Minister each time he walks past?

I stayed near the 7th in 2013
and walked past many such entrances
I was intrigued then, even more so now

Sometimes just Paris for the sake of Paris. Brief glimpses of Paris porn. 

It would be interesting enough set in Sydney or London or any other world city, but it's set in Paris and the six episodes just fly by. It's on SBS On Demand. I've already watched it twice.

Oooh, and Spiral Season 1 is on SBS On Demand! Happy Days. 

Dreaming of France is a wonderful Monday meme
from Paulita at An Accidental Blog 


Paulita said...

Louise, Thanks for tracking this down. It looks like it showed in the U.S. last year, so I'll have to see if I can find it on Amazon or Netflix.
Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I must keep an eye out for this series. Paris!