River: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
River

Critics Consensus

River is a richly rewarding mystery that finds Stellan Skarsgård at the peak of his powers, ably rising to the nuances of Abi Morgan's pathos-laden teleplay.

100%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 14

95%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 322

Other TV Shows

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)



  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

Episodes

Air date: Nov 18, 2015

John River is a respected police officer haunted by the murder victims whose secrets he must uncover. Struggling to come to terms with the recent loss of a close colleague, River chases a potential suspect across London, with tragic consequences. In his fragile mental state, he comes under increasing pressure both from the press and within the police force as calls for his dismissal grow.

View Details
Air date: Nov 18, 2015

Still wracked with grief over the death of his friend and partner Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson, River and his colleagues must attend her wake. There he is surprised to come across her brother Jimmy - recently released after serving sixteen years for a brutal murder, in which Stevie's own evidence was key. River reaches breaking point as he begins to suspect that the man he chased to his death was innocent.

View Details
Air date: Nov 18, 2015

With his career and access to the Stevie case resting on the outcome of his psychiatric report, River must keep his unofficial investigations into Stevie's death to himself. This sends tensions high with his new partner Ira, who fears being dragged down by River's instability, and Chrissie, who needs River working on his own caseload.

View Details
Air date: Nov 18, 2015

The investigation into Stevie's murder changes direction when CCTV footage shows her to be closely involved with an illegal immigrant who owned the car that was used in her murder. The police launch a manhunt to track him down.

View Details
Air date: Nov 18, 2015

Following the murder in the public library, River and Ira must track down the killer. Their journey takes them deep into the world of the undocumented migrant community in London, a world of international hostels and immigration lawyers. They begin to get a sense of what it was that Stevie might have been unravelling before she died. Was it these investigations she was punished for?

View Details
Air date: Nov 18, 2015

River is convinced that Stevie's investigation into the exploitation of undocumented migrants holds the key to her murder. Further questioning of someone close to the team reveals a system of immigration cases that could lead into some very unexpected places. When a common link to certain businesses is found, it all starts to fall into place for River, with unfortunate repercussions.

View Details

Tv Season Info

Series 1 follows John River, a brilliant detective whose fractured mind traps him between the living and the dead.

Cast

Stellan Skarsgård
as John River
Nicola Walker
as Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson
Lesley Manville
as Chrissie Read
Eddie Marsan
as Thomas Cream
Adeel Akhtar
as Ira King
Georgina Rich
as Rosa Fallows
Owen Teale
as Marcus McDonald
Turlough Convery
as Frankie Stevenson
Jim Norton
as Michael Bennigan
Sorcha Cusack
as Bridie Stevenson
Steve Nicolson
as Jimmy Stevenson
Josef Altin
as Christopher Riley
Peter Bankolé
as Haider Jamal Abdi
Lydia Leonard
as Marianne King
Stefan Kalipha
as Omari Tadros
Shannon Tarbet
as Erin Fielding
Franz Drameh
as Bruno Marconi
Souleiman Bock
as Khaalid Mohamoud
Adjoa Andoh
as Sunday Akentola
Amelia Lowdell
as Pauline Merton
Fady Elsayed
as Aten Olama
Cathy Murphy
as Marlena Fielding
Alec Utgoff
as Sasha Mischenko
Jon House
as Police Officer
Soo Drouet
as Loud-Mouthed Woman
Andy Rashleigh
as Pub Landlord
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for River Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

It is brilliantly done, a little masterpiece of entertainment raised to the level of grave, heartbreaking storytelling.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Starring Stellan Skarsgård as Detective John River and Nicola Walker as his partner Stevie, the detective drama stood out in an overcrowded genre with its compelling scripts and unusual elements courtesy of writer Abi Morgan.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It is still well-written and shot beautifully, but the criminal investigation is not the crux of the drama.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

[The premise] might sound hokey, but this series, created and written by Abi Morgan, is anything but that, growing deeper, darker and more intricate with each episode.

Dec 30, 2015 | Full Review…

(Skarsgård's) performance here was a revelation, switching in seconds from remoteness to fury, from twinkling avuncularity to withering scorn.

Nov 17, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

River is one of those offbeat, magical series that comes along occasionally, bursting with possibility, whose leading character is in some ways the best and worst of us, whom we immediately recognise.

Jul 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Inside all the familiar genre trappings-the gunned-down ex-partner, the arse-kicking boss, thrilling foot chases, expensive London skylines, a detective that doesn't play by the rules-is an emotionally meaningful drama led by charismatic performances.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It's rare that the final episode of a drama is as brilliant as the first, but everything about River (BBC One, Tuesday) this week is pitch perfect.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

River is a dazzling feat of high-wire writing without a safety net.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

River may well blow it in the remaining four episodes, but as a starting point, the opening salvos are heartbreakingly great.

Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Better not to know more and enjoy the beauty, pain and intensity of River. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Intelligent and eerie, River manages to push past its deflated premise to become a captivating exploration of mental illness and the widespread effects of trauma.

Nov 23, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for River: Season 1

  • Apr 28, 2020
    Completely riveting and utterly devastating at the same time. Stellan and Nicola had fantastic chemistry which made it even more painful in a realistic way. I'm totally obsessed with this show. I love cop chemistry dramas, but this is on a whole other level.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Slow and gripping, River flows as the waves takes us along with him.
  • Oct 01, 2019
    Excellent drama. Hope for second!
  • Sep 22, 2019
    6 episodes of emotion, suspense, and superb acting by the entire cast. Stellan's constant fluctuation of emotion and inner turmoil was riveting. Did not see the ending coming and it broke my heart.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    Absolutely captivating !
  • Aug 17, 2019
    Loved it. Stellan is captivating and it's a beautiful love story.
  • May 29, 2019
    Spectacular acting. Wonderful moving plot. Realistic characters. We enjoyed every minute. I wish there were more seasons!
  • May 16, 2019
    Part crime drama, part romance, part psychological exploration -- with all parts equally intense -- River is a masterful, if bouncy, ride through love and grief, through what it means to love so deeply what a departed loved one brought out in you when you were together that your life now depends on you keeping the fire burning by yourself -- carrying both roles into the future alone -- because "there is no longer any me without you." By far and away, my favorite movie/TV drama of all time. Just brilliant.
  • May 15, 2019
    Una excelente serie, con grandes giros dramáticos y una espectacular actuacion de Stellan Skarsgard en el papel de River, un detective atormentado.
  • Feb 17, 2019
    wonderful - captivatingâ?¦ cannot wait for season 2

News & Features