Riviera (TV series)

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Riviera
Series titles over multiple images of a pointed gun
Created byNeil Jordan
Written by
Directed byPhilipp Kadelbach[1]
Starring
Opening theme"Was It Love?" by Isabella 'Machine' Summers
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English (and French)
No. of series2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time45-46 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Archery Pictures[2]
  • Primo Productions
Release
Original networkSky Atlantic
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Original release15 June 2017 (2017-06-15) –
present
External links
Website

Riviera is a television drama created by Neil Jordan and co-written by Jordan and John Banville. It premiered on Sky Atlantic on 15 June 2017.[3] The series stars Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Adrian Lester, Iwan Rheon, Dimitri Leonidas and Roxane Duran.[2]

The first series of Riviera was released on 15 June 2017 on Sky Box Sets and NOW TV,[4] and was Sky’s most successful original series,[5] with an audience of 2.3 million an episode, and more than 20 million downloads and views total.[6] The series was renewed for a second series on 21 November 2017.[7] The first series premiered in the U.S. on 9 February 2019 on Ovation.[8]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in the French Riviera, the series follows Georgina Clios, an American art curator whose life is turned upside down after the death of her billionaire husband Constantine Clios in a yacht accident. Georgina becomes immersed in a world of lies, double-dealing and crime, as she seeks to uncover the truth about her husband's death.[9]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Anthony LaPaglia as Constantine Clios; a billionaire philanthropist who dies in a yacht accident.[9]
  • Julia Stiles as Georgina Marjorie Clios; an American art curator, and second wife of Constantine.[9]
  • Lena Olin as Irina Atman; Constantine's first wife.[10]
  • Dimitri Leonidas as Christos Clios; Constantine and Irina's youngest son, who becomes the head of the Clios business empire.[10]
  • Roxane Duran as Adriana Clios; Constantine and Irina's daughter.[10]
  • Igal Naor as Jakob Negrescu; Constantine's former head of security who has links with drugs, prostitution and gambling.[10]

Series 1[edit]

  • Adrian Lester as Robert Carver; an art dealer and friend of Georgina, who deals in forgeries and stolen artwork.[10]
  • Iwan Rheon as Adam Clios; Constantine and Irina's eldest son, who rejects his family's extravagant lifestyle.[10]
  • Phil Davis as Jukes; a British art fraud investigator working in the Serious Financial Crime Agency of Interpol.[10]
  • Amr Waked as Karim Delormes; an inspector in the Nice police force.[10]

Series 2[edit]

  • Juliet Stevenson as Lady Cassandra Eltham; head of the prestigious Eltham dynasty.
  • Poppy Delevingne as Daphne Al-Qadar; Cassandra's daughter and Nico’s twin sister, who is married to Raafi Al-Qadar.
  • Jack Fox as Nico Eltham; Cassandra's son and Daphne’s twin brother.
  • Will Arnett as Jeff Carter; Georgina's uncle.
  • Grégory Fitoussi as Noah Levy; an ex-soldier and pilot-for-hire, and love interest of Georgina.
  • Alex Lanipekun as Raafi Al-Qadar; a wealthy philanthropist and businessman, married to Daphne Eltham.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11015 June 2017 (2017-06-15)13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)
21023 May 2019 (2019-05-23)18 July 2019 (2019-07-18)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

Note: Every episode was available in the United Kingdom by download from Sky "catch up" following the first episode satellite broadcast.

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [11]
11"Villa Carmella"Philipp KadelbachNeil Jordan & John Banville15 June 2017 (2017-06-15)1.19
After newlywed Georgina's billionaire husband Constantine is killed in a yacht explosion, she is shocked to discover the fortune and lifestyle he maintained was surrounded by violence, lies and hug. She soon must step out of her comfort zone to protect the family and herself.
22"Faussaires"Philipp KadelbachNeil Jordan & John Banville22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)1.01
Georgina is informed that Constantine's dealings are under investigation by Interpol, while Irina makes a deal with a prominent figure in the Riviera underworld.
33"La chambre secrète"Damon ThomasLydia Adetunji29 June 2017 (2017-06-29)0.78
Georgina searches for answers by reviewing Constantine's movements on the day of the explosion. Christos's hedonistic behaviour spirals out of control.
44"Tableaux de famille"Damon ThomasChristopher Smith6 July 2017 (2017-07-06)0.58
Following her discovery in the safe room, Georgina attempts to track down her husband's elusive art collector. Delormes finds a way to bring Negrescu to justice.
55"Elena"Hans HerbotsStacey Gregg13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)0.61
A frustrated Georgina uses the Clios Foundation's lavish gala as an opportunity to pin down a person of interest, but the party receives an uninvited guest.
66"Travail d'artiste"Foz AllenStacey Gregg20 July 2017 (2017-07-20)0.49
The Clios family are questioned by police after the events of the gala. Meanwhile, Delormes uncovers wreckage from the yacht that may change everything.
77"Le Don"Adrian LesterLydia Adetunj27 July 2017 (2017-07-27)0.53
With Interpol's net closing in on Georgina, she and Carver set out to close the investigation once and for all. Irina reveals a family secret to Negrescu.
88"La Clé"Paul Norton WalkerGuy Burt3 August 2017 (2017-08-03)0.36
Georgina must join forces with an unlikely ally when she receives a threat from a stranger. Christos's rehab goes well, but a new relationship puts him in danger.
99"Œil pour œil"Paul Norton WalkerGuy Burt10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)0.32
To keep her family safe, Georgina crosses a line she can never return from. Delormes uncovers the identity of his opponent and attempts to take them down.
1010"À la vue de tous"Paul Norton WalkerGuy Burt & Sophie Petzal17 August 2017 (2017-08-17)0.36
In the face of tragedy, Georgina resolves to free her family from danger and faces her opponents head-on.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

Note: Every episode was available in the United Kingdom by download from Sky "catch up" following the first episode satellite broadcast.

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
111"Episode #2.1"Hans HerbotsGabbie Asher23 May 2019 (2019-05-23)N/A
Caught in the eye of a torrential rainstorm hours after disposing of Adam's body, a distressed Georgina is pulled from the sea by Raafi Al-Qadar, a wealthy businessman on honeymoon with his wife Daphne. Daphne befriends Georgina and offers to help her salvage her boat once the storm passes. Raoul (Merveille Lukeba), an art prodigy nurtured from a young age by the Clios foundation, later invites Georgina to an exhibition of his latest work, only for her to find his lifeless body just hours later.
122"Episode #2.2"Hans HerbotsGabbie Asher23 May 2019 (2019-05-23)N/A
Christos chairs the first meeting of the Clios bank's shareholders as CEO, but is warned that only his resignation to allow a new figurehead to take over the reigns will secure the bank's future. Georgina is taken aback when the police arrive to question Daphne and Nico over the death of Raoul. Irina begins to become increasingly suspicious of Georgina's involvement in Adam's disappearance. Lady Cassandra continues to hide a devastating secret from the rest of her family.
133"Episode #2.3"Hans HerbotsMatt Evans30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)N/A
Georgina returns home to New York for her father's funeral, with a skeptical Irina and Adriana in tow, who are determined to find out why she claimed her father died years ago. With the help of her uncle Jeff (Will Arnett), Georgina tries to unravel the truth about what really happened to her mother twenty-five years ago. Irina seizes the opportunity to arrange for a private detective to look into Adam's disappearance, while Christos goes head-to-head with Raafi for the ownership of a champsionship-winning racehorse.
144"Stolpersteine"Paul Norton WalkerSteve Bailie6 June 2019 (2019-06-06)N/A
Irina and Georgia come head to head when a body wrapped in a sail bag washes ashore. Unable to keep her silence any longer, Georgina finally reveals the truth about what happened to Adam - but warns Irina that revealing the truth may destroy what little is left of the Clios empire. Christos is delighted when Raafi agrees to come on board as the bank's new investor. Adriana visits her father in prison, determined to find out what has really happened to Adam.
155"Restitution"Paul Norton WalkerSteve Bailie13 June 2019 (2019-06-13)N/A
Georgina and Noah continue the search for the stolen Vermeer, with a little help from Georgina's contacts on the black market. Irina informs the family of her decision to declare Adam officially missing. Adriana's 18th birthday celebrations are overcast when Christos collapses after having his drink spiked by Nico. Georgina and Noah speak with an underworld art collector who shows them photographs which suggest the Vermeer may be located somewhere in the grounds of the Eltham's estate.
166"Original Sin"Paul Norton WalkerDamian Wayling20 June 2019 (2019-06-20)N/A
177"Bloodlines"Destiny EkaraghaLiz Lake27 June 2019 (2019-06-27)N/A
188"Episode #2.8"Destiny EkaraghaMatt Evans4 July 2019 (2019-07-04)N/A
199"Episode #2.9"Hans HerbotsMatt Evans11 July 2019 (2019-07-11)N/A
2010"Episode #2.10"Hans HerbotsGabbie Asher18 July 2019 (2019-07-18)N/A

Production[edit]

Neil Jordan has disowned Riviera, due to his scripts being reworked by others. He says he has no idea who rewrote these episodes. “They were changed, to my huge surprise and considerable upset. There were various sexual scenes introduced into the story and a lot of very expository dialogue. I objected in the strongest terms possible.”[12]

Filming for season 1 began in August 2016 in the South of France until February 2017.[9] The Clios' lavish "Villa Carmella" estate was filmed at the Chateau Diter in the Cote d'Azur.[13] The first episode of the series debuted at the MIPTV Media Market event in Cannes on 3 April 2017.[1]

Filming for season 2 started on 21 May 2018 to September 2018 in the Cote d'Azur, Monza,[14] Nice, and Monaco[15] for a 2019 release. Joining the show are Will Arnett, Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevingne, Jack Fox and Grégory Fitoussi, returning cast include Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Roxane Duran and Dimitri Leonidas.[16]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The series has received mixed reviews.

The Irish Independent's Darragh McManus described the series as an "exceedingly well-crafted soap" that is "beautifully filmed...with a stately pace, top-of-the-range acting talent and some interesting little philosophical musings on the nature of money."[3] Writing for The Guardian, Euan Ferguson commended "the presences and talents of Julia Stiles, Adrian Lester, Phil Davis and Lena Olin," and called the series "borderline unmissable".[17]

On the other hand, The Telegraph's Michael Hogan gave the first episode three stars out of five, noting that with Academy Award-winner Neil Jordan as the series' creator and Booker Prize-winner John Banville as co-writer, "the script should have soared but was disappointingly pedestrian."[18] The Guardian's Sam Wollaston called the series "awful", concluding that "Riviera might be flashy and moneyed but it lacks personality, charm, humour, soul. It is shallow, vulgar and boring."[19]

Ratings[edit]

Sky stated that first episode of Riviera drew 1.2 million viewers live and on-demand, the largest audience for a Sky original series premiere since Fortitude in 2015.[4] BARB announced official consolidated ratings for the episode as 709,000. Variety reported an audience of 2.3 million an episode, and more than 20 million downloads and views total.[5][6]

Riviera was rated R16 in New Zealand for graphic violence, sexual violence, offensive language, sex scenes and nudity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ryan, Maureen (3 April 2017). "MipTV Review: 'Riviera' From Sky Atlantic". Variety.
  2. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (8 March 2017). "Altice To Co-Produce Sky's 'Riviera'; Cannes TV Fest Project Adds Former Culture Minister – Global Briefs". Deadline.com.
  3. ^ a b McManus, Darragh (15 June 2017). "'It's brain-candy of the purest grade' - Neil Jordan's Riviera is the new Dallas". Irish Independent.
  4. ^ a b O'Halloran, Joseph (24 June 2017). "Red hot Riviera becomes Sky Atlantic's biggest premiere in 2017". Rapid TV News.
  5. ^ a b Clarke, Stewart (21 May 2018). "Will Arnett Joins Julia Stiles' Sky Series 'Riviera'". variety.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (21 May 2018). "Fox TV Latin America Promotion, Will Arnett Joins Sky Drama 'Riviera' — Global Briefs". deadline.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Riviera Renewed For Season 2 By Sky! - RenewCancelTV". renewcanceltv.com. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Riviera". ovationtv.com. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d Tartaglione, Nancy (9 August 2016). "Sky's 'Riviera' Completes Cast Opposite Julia Stiles In Neil Jordan Jet-Set Thriller". Deadline.com.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Kelly, Helen (31 March 2017). "Riviera season 1: Meet the star-studded cast led by Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon". Daily Express.
  11. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.
  12. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (24 June 2017). "The Neil Jordan series that isn't: film-maker disowns Riviera". the Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Riviera: Where to find Julia Stiles' lavish villa in the Sky Atlantic drama". Radio Times. 15 June 2017.
  14. ^ "The cast of Riviera star on the Italian GP grid". skysports.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Sky Atlantic reveals first look at Riviera series two". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Riviera season 2 casts Will Arnett and more big names". digitalspy.com. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  17. ^ Ferguson, Euan (18 June 2017). "The week in TV: Wife Swap: Brexit Special; Fearless; The Loch; Riviera". The Guardian.
  18. ^ Hogan, Michael (15 June 2017). "Riviera episode one: a stylish holiday for the eyes that needs to transport our imaginations, too: review". The Telegraph.
  19. ^ Wollaston, Sam (16 June 2017). "Riviera review – where's Dynasty when you need it?". The Guardian.

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