Vanished by the Lake review – all the coincidences of a classic French thriller

Walter Presents’ latest Gallic import has the requisite good-looking cop and a close-knit-community riddled with secrets. Plus: Penelope Keith goes coastal

How do you like your foreign-language thrillers? Period-set and perfectly plausible? Psychologically astute with a side of gruesome violence? Or Scandi-influenced, but mostly in English. From Broadchurch to The Bridge, Witnesses to Wallander and Dicte to Dark, there is now enough choice to cultivate some pretty recherché tastes. Personally, I won’t lift the remote for anything without a fortysomething, single-mother protagonist investigating serial murder in a mid-sized Jutland community, with a gaping class divide and stark, functionalist architecture for a backdrop. And still, I’m spoilt for choice. So how does Walter Presents’ latest French import Vanished by the Lake (Channel 4) measure up?

It’s got the looks, that’s for sure. The titular lake is a brochure-worthy expanse of twinkling turquoise in Provence that makes Broadchurch
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