Oct. 13, 2015
60 min.
BBC One TV Network

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Respected police officer John River, a gifted cop with a troubled mind, struggles to come to terms with the recent loss of a close colleague, and chases a potential suspect across London - with tragic consequences. Now at odds with authorities both within and outside of the police service, River finds himself in a precarious position as he seeks to bring closure to the mother of murdered teenager Erin Fielding, who blames him for failing to keep his promise to bring her daughter back alive.

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Stellan Skarsgård became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och ...

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A detective who lives among the dead and dying victims and killers from the murder cases he’s trying to solve.

Through time spent with these imagined lost souls, River is able to piece together the truth behind the crimes he investigates.

The figures that drift in and out of River’s consciousness are ‘manifests’. They are vividly imagined by him through the great empathy and understanding he has for the damaged, the deranged and the disenfranchised.

He has a way of keying into people’s inner lives and tends to rely more on his instincts about the words and behaviors of the people he studies, than on procedural evidence. His own lonely and peripatetic upbringing has frozen him in a kind of isolation from the living, Stevie being the notable exception.

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