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Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Beszel, investigates the murder of a student from Beszel's twin-city of Ul Qoman - which occupies the same space but is perceived differently.
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Series cast summary:
Christian Camargo ...  Doctor Bowden 4 episodes, 2018
Ron Cook ...  Commissar Gadlem 4 episodes, 2018
Mandeep Dhillon ...  Constable Corwi 4 episodes, 2018
Robert Firth ...  Mike Gorse 4 episodes, 2018
David Morrissey ...  Inspector Tyador Borlú 4 episodes, 2018
Dennis O'Donnell Dennis O'Donnell ...  Beszel Resident 4 episodes, 2018
Graham Parrington Graham Parrington ...  Security Cop 4 episodes, 2018
Lara Pulver ...  Katrynia Borlú 4 episodes, 2018
Maria Schrader ...  Senior Detective Dhatt 4 episodes, 2018
Paprika Steen ...  Professor Nancy 4 episodes, 2018
Danny Webb ...  Major Syedr 4 episodes, 2018
Lee Bagley ...  Yorjavic / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Cokey Falkow ...  Shukman 3 episodes, 2018
Michael Moshonov ...  Aikham Tsueh 3 episodes, 2018
Amélie Chantrey ...  Ul Qoma Girl 2 episodes, 2018
Barry Aird ...  Tairo 2 episodes, 2018
Morfydd Clark ...  Yolanda Stark 2 episodes, 2018
Marama Corlett ...  Rebecca 2 episodes, 2018
Paul Dallison Paul Dallison ...  Doctor 1 / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Andrea Deck ...  Mahalia Geary 2 episodes, 2018
Rebecca Dyson-Smith ...  Sariska 2 episodes, 2018
Marc Esse Marc Esse ...  Beszel Border Guard 2 episodes, 2018
Moey Hassan Moey Hassan ...  Worker Priest Driver / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Corey Johnson ...  Geary - 2 episodes 2 episodes, 2018
Kasia Koleczek ...  Yallia / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Marko Leht Marko Leht ...  Militsya officer 2 episodes, 2018
Russell Richardson ...  Grimes 2 episodes, 2018
Melissa Vaughan Melissa Vaughan ...  Sear 2 episodes, 2018
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Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Beszel, investigates the murder of a student from Beszel's twin-city of Ul Qoman - which occupies the same space but is perceived differently.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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English

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6 April 2018 (UK) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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(4 episodes)

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The original novel was written by award-winning British fantasy author China Miéville as a gift for his terminally ill mother, who was a fan of police procedurals. See more »

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Beszel and UI Qoma
30 April 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The City and the City is an interesting, intriguing, thought provoking fantasy/sci-fi detective thriller. It is shot in a grimy way with a budget that is not quite large enough to reach its ambitions but almost gets there by will power. If you look hard enough you can see some parts of Liverpool.

I did find the series rather confusing but during its transmission I visited Berlin and this gave me another dimension to understand the series.

David Morrissey plays a hard boiled detective Tyador Borlú , an Inspector in the Beszel Extreme Crime Squad. Beszel is a dinghy city with battered tower blocks, poor, with immigrants and a government that wants to drive the foreigners out. It is a Dystopian society not too far from East Germany.

Borlú is investigating the death of a an American female found dead in Beszel. However she was studying in Ul Qoma so it was a case of what was she doing here? Ul Qoma is a little bit upmarket, with glass towers, affluence and a little bit of style and intellectual sophistication. Yet it is also anti immigrant and deep down it is also a Dystopian society, maybe West Berlin of the 1970s.

Both cities exist in the same space, residents from both cities ignore each other and have been trained to unsee and ignore the other city. If you cross the cities illegally it is a breach and punishable unless you go through the official crossing points. A bit like Checkpoint Charlie.

As we follow Borlú's investigation with his new potty mouthed partner, we see flashbacks of his wife who disappeared some years earlier. Did she go to Ul Qoma and not return? Borlú crosses over to Ul Qoma and investigates some radicals who believe that there is a mythical third city called Orciny.

Morrissey is wonderful, he makes the series come alive. The City and the City is one of the best dramas of 2018.


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