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World dramas are fast becoming the thing to watch, and this is largely thanks to one man; Walter Luzzolino. Walter Presents is a huge collection of dramas from around the world that range from comedy dramas to deeply upsetting and disturbing ones. But they all have one thing in common, they are all carefully screened by the man himself before they reach the viewer.
But just like with English language box sets, there are so many to choose from, and whether you're just starting out with world dramas or you are a lifelong fan, there are a few I would recommend that you start with.
This French detective drama is a real contradiction, it has a grim and unsettling theme of mythological style murders, and yet it is set in some of the most beautiful places in all of France. This makes it grim, yet elegant at the same time.
Captain Anais Chatalet is in the Bordeaux police force, on the brink of dismissal due to her stinking attitude and her tendency to charge in without engaging her manners. She is put onto the case of a murder based on the myth of the minotaur, much to the reluctance of her superior who freely admits that if anyone else were available, she wouldn't be on the case.
She thinks it's a simple case of a patient from the mental health hospital getting loose, but things begin to unravel and as more people are murdered she realizes that things are far more complicated than she could ever imagine.
With stories of mental health, government and police corruption, mythology, murder, and self-harm, this goes beyond the realms of standard detective-based dramas and dips its toes into the waters of the psychological thriller genre.
(Flight HS 13)
When Liv's husband leaves on a Barcelona bound plane for a business trip, her whole life falls apart when the plane crashes leaving no survivors. But at a service held for the victims of the crash, her husband's name (Simon) is not read out. Liv, with the help of Simon's family, begins a worldwide search to find out what has really happened to him.
With themes of terrorism, infidelity, sibling rivalry, mental health problems, and police corruption, this Dutch drama is slick, tense, and gripping. It's one you definitely have to watch until you can't keep your eyes open anymore.
'Le Mystere Du Lac '
(Vanished by the Lake)
This French drama might be a bit of a slow starter, but keep going with it, it will be worth it in the end, I promise. Lise Stocker returns home to help look after her mother who is dealing with Alzheimer's, and she is dragged into a nightmare she thought she left behind 15 years ago. Her friends went missing when they were just teenagers and have still never been found. But when her mother's neighbor's daughter goes missing, all of the feelings and fears are brought back to the surface.
At times Vanished by the Lake borders on convenient and long-winded, but it's a labyrinth of twists and turns, so it is worth sticking it out.
I will admit that at times this Argentinean police drama can be confusing, but pay attention because if you can follow the complex storyline, you'll be rewarded with a dark, psychological mind game of a drama. Follow Daniel Parodi, a former criminologist who is hell-bent on putting the people responsible for murdering his daughter behind bars. It sounds like standard stuff for a crime drama, but it is far from it. It's got so many different themes and surprises that it pretty much creates its own category, it's kind of a crime drama, psychological thriller, self-discovery voyage of terror. Be advised though, there are some very unsettling scenes and this is not a drama for the easily upset.
I saved the best for last, This Dutch police drama centers around old hat detective Peter Devriendt and former special operative Vicky Degraeve. It focuses mostly on their search for the elusive and intelligent "Moses", a criminal who starts his career with a brutal murder and only gets more imaginative from there. Basing his punishments on the ten commandments, he targets people he believes have broken them and serves his justice accordingly.
There's no messing about and the action starts quickly and it's fairly fast-paced.
The human element adds to the story and makes all of the characters a little bit more believable.
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These are just a few of the brilliant dramas on All 4 for you to start off with. Or you can do what I am doing and work your way down the list.