River (2015)
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Episode #1.2 

Excluded from Stevie's wake by her family, who consider taking the law into their own hands, River comes under criticism for the death of the suspect Riley and is physically attacked by ... See full summary »


Richard Laxton


Abi Morgan (creator), Abi Morgan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... John River
Josef Altin ... Christopher Riley
Nicola Walker ... Jackie 'Stevie' Stevenson
Eddie Marsan ... Thomas Cream
Georgina Rich ... Rosa Fallows
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Tia
Jane Jeffrey Jane Jeffrey ... Tia's Lawyer
Adeel Akhtar ... Ira King
Lesley Manville ... Chrissie Read
Owen Teale ... Marcus McDonald
Youssef Berouain ... Youth
Soo Drouet Soo Drouet ... Loud Mouthed Woman
Michael Maloney ... Tom Read
Steve Nicolson Steve Nicolson ... Jimmy Stevenson
Sorcha Cusack ... Bridie Stevenson


Excluded from Stevie's wake by her family, who consider taking the law into their own hands, River comes under criticism for the death of the suspect Riley and is physically attacked by Riley's pregnant girlfriend Tia although Chrissie Read tells River that Stevie got into Riley's car. However Tia's information leads to the fact that Riley may not have been in the car with Stevie and soon Riley has become another of River's 'manifestations', declaring his innocence and exhorting River to find the real killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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20 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


"I'm in the Mood for Dancing" by The Nolans is this episode recurring song, both opening and ending the episode with this song. See more »


When Ira is showing the two CC photos to River, saying he's found two photos from the exact same date and time (October 21st, 9:03), showing Riley in two different places, the second photo clearly shows it's taken on October 12th, not 21st. See more »


[first lines]
Christopher Riley: [appearing in his apartment] Can't sleep? Do you know what does that to you? What would I shoot at people for? Some of them are my best customers.
John River: Then who did?
John River: [now to an empty apartment] Then who did?
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Since U Been Gone
Written by Max Martin and Dr. Luke
Performed by Kelly Clarkson
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The Pain Gets Greater
31 August 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

River is filled with angst. His dead partner (whom he speaks with, though he's the only one who sees her) is going to be buried. He is also visited by the specter of the man he chased, thinking he was a guilty man. Of course, the man never stopped, but, rather, chose to jump to his death. Naturally, River is constantly under scrutiny because he is seen talking to no one. In this episode he begins to uncover evidence about his partner's death and what led to it. Of course, he can't really ask her questions because she isn't really there but is a manifestation of his brain. River is the product of Stellan Starsgaard' s amazing portrayal. He never doubts his abilities but is a loner and an enigma to the world. I was reminded a bit of the Wallander character in the Swedish series. Several things have gone unanswered and I look forward to Episode 3.

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