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Spiral season eight has officially landed on the BBC and the French police drama follows the lives of those working for the Palais de Justice in Paris. The series delves in the work lives and personal affairs of police, judges and lawyers, and there is plenty of drama and scandal for fans to enjoy. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about how many episodes air in season eight.
How many episodes are in Spiral series 8?
Spiral made its debut in France back in 2005 and it was shown in the UK on BBC Four the following year.
The series was the BBC’s first French drama and it attracted plenty of attention, along with critical acclaim.
Season eight is the final instalment of the series, and it began airing in the UK on January 2, 2021.
The series has been so successful that it has been shown all over the world, including in Italy, Japan and Mexico.
The award-winning police drama aired season eight in France in September 2020, and the episodes aired weekly.
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The final season is made up of 10 episodes, and they are all just short of an hour long.
The episodes have all been made available to watch via BBC iPlayer, if fans wish to binge the series.
For those who would like to take their time, the episodes will be shown two at a time on Saturdays.
Episodes three and four will be airing on BBC Four on Saturday, January 9, from 9pm until 10pm and then 10pm until 11pm.
The synopsis for episode three reveals how ‘bent cop’ Gilou Escoffier (played by Thierry Godard) has been released from prison. He may be reunited with Detective Laure Berthaud (Caroline Proust) as the pair have plenty of history.
The synopsis for episode four reads: “The web of names involved in the brutal murder of Elina Andrescu widens to include a prominent ministerial adviser, who has links to prosecutor Pierre Clement’s close friend Benoit Faye.
“Lawyer Josephine Karlsson and police captain Laure Berthaud come face to face in court when Laure becomes the object of an enquiry into the fatal shooting of two police suspects.”
Assistant Prosecutor Pierre Clément is played by Grégory Fitoussi, and Josephine Karlsson is played by Audrey Fleurot.
Scenes for the latest season are set in the new Paris courts within the Batignolles district.
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A trailer for season eight has been released and MHz Choice said: “The end of Season 7 saw more strain on the Laure-Gilou team, but not of their relationship together.
“Their unorthodox investigation methods have led to significant complications and shifting power dynamics within the group. What will become of this passionate but flawed police squad?”
Fans proceeded to call it the “best thing on TV”, saying they “can’t wait” to catch up with the episodes.
For those who cannot wait to find out what happens in the end, all of the episodes can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer.
Fans will need to register for an account, but in doing so it means they will have access to the episodes from most electronic devices.
Fans have already taken to social media to share their thoughts on the final season, and it has proven to be a bitter-sweet moment.
On the launch day, one fan said on Twitter: “Just discovered that season 8 of Spiral starts this Saturday. The sadness is that it will be the last.”
Another said: “The final series of #spiral begins on #bbc4 tonight. Very sad after all these years to bid adieu to Laure, Gilou, Tintin, Juge Roban and the beguiling Joséphine Karlsson. All 8 seasons available to watch on
@BBCiPlayer – outstanding television.”
Some have gone as far as to say it is the best French TV show they have ever seen, and season eight will most definitely go out with a bang.
Spiral season 8 airs on BBC Four and is available on BBC iPlayer
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