The Crimson Rivers season 3: release date of French thriller on All 4 - and who is in the cast?

The Crimson Rivers is back for its third season

French crime drama, The Crimson Rivers, is back on All 4 this month.

Known in French as Les Rivières pourpres, the third season sees the police detective and ex-student tackle more savage cases.

This is what you need to know about the new series.

When is season three of The Crimson Rivers released?

Season three of The Crimson Rivers will air on 25 March 2022.

The episode will start at 9pm on More4, and will also rerun on More4 +1 at 10pm.

Episodes will air every Friday, for seven weeks.

As part of Walter Presents, the first season aired in the UK on More4 in January 2019 and the second season in August 2021.

Belgian actress Erika Sainte poses at the 7th edition of the Magritte du Cinema awards ceremony in 2017 (Photo credit LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/AFP via Getty Images)

Who is in the cast of The Crimson Rivers season 3?

Olivier Marchal plays the police detective, Pierre Niemans, alongside his partner and ex-student Camille Delaunay, who is played by Erika Sainte.

Marchal is a French actor, director and screenwriter - and a real life former policeman. He created the French police drama, Braquo, and wrote and directed some episodes in season one.

Sainte is a Belgian actress. She is most famed for her role in She is Not Crying, She is Singing - which won her the Magritte Award for Most Promising Actress in 2012.

The pair are the only main characters throughout the three seasons, with many others recurring.

A number of new faces arrive on the show for season three, , including Eric Annequin (Thomas Durand), Captain Lebel (Jeanne Rosa), Jean-Pierre Levant (François Creton) and Jules Malarte (Bastien Bouillon).

Durand is known for the 2011 film, Violeta Went to Heaven, and Juliette, a 2013 comedy film.

Rosa played Géraldine in romance series Wonderland, the Girl from the Shore.

Creton is an actor and writer, who recently co-wrote and played the role of Michel Kowalski in The Heroics - a 2021 drama comedy film.

Bouillon is the son of the French director, Gilles Bouillon. He has appeared in over 30 film and television productions since 2009 - including The Apple of My Eye and Up the Mountain.

What is The Crimson Rivers about?

The series is set in the Alps, on the France-German border, in a fictional small university town called Guernon.

An old fashioned police detective, Commissioner Pierre Niemans (Olivier Marchal), is transferred to head the Central Office Against Crimes of Blood (OCCS).

The commissioner partners up with his best former student, Lieutenant Camille Delaunay (Erika Sainte), who he treats like a daughter.

They work together to solve complex murder cases, that local police departments can’t always understand due to the level of brutality.

Niemans has no wife or children, and puts his life into his cases.

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