White Lines (TV series)

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White Lines
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Genre
Created byÁlex Pina
Written by
  • Álex Pina
  • Esther Martínez Lobato
  • Javier Gómez Santander
  • David Barrocal
  • Alberto Úcar
  • Nacho Sánchez Quevedo
  • Ed Wethered
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)Junkie XL
Country of origin
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Cinematography
  • Juan Miguel Azpiroz
  • Kieran McGuigan
  • Martin Fuhrer
  • Álvaro Gutiérrez
Editor(s)
  • Yan Miles
  • Kim Gaster
  • Elen Pierce Lewis
  • Adam Green
  • Daniel Greenway
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time50–63 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
External links
Website

White Lines is a British-Spanish mystery thriller streaming television series created by Álex Pina. The 10-episode first series was released on Netflix on 15 May 2020.[1] In August 2020, the series was cancelled after one season.[2]

Premise[edit]

When Zoe Walker's brother Axel is found dead, 20 years after going missing while working as a DJ in Ibiza, she decides to travel there and investigate.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Jade Alleyne as Tanny Ward[3]
  • Ava Naylor as Matilda Ward
  • Barry Ward as Mike Walker
  • Fernando Albizu as Pepe Martínez
  • Agus Ruiz as Cristobal
  • Javi Coll as Juan Miguel Fonseca
  • Paulo Pires as George
  • Tallulah Evans as Jenny Walker
  • Geena Román as Sissy
  • Mariano Garmendia as Bruno
  • Maggie O'Neill as Yoana

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
1"Episode 1"Nick HammÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato, Javier Gómez Santander, David Barrocal, Alberto Úcar and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Heavy rainfall on the Almería desert unearths the body of Axel Collins, a Manchester-born DJ who went missing on Ibiza twenty years ago. His sister Zoe Walker is frustrated to learn Axel's murder will not be investigated due to Spanish prosecution laws, so she journeys to Ibiza herself in search of answers. Andreu Calafat, a powerful businessman on the island, is troubled to learn Axel's body has been discovered on his land; he tasks Boxer, his chief of security, with finding out whether his wife Conchita or son Oriol were involved in Axel's murder. Zoe and Boxer's investigations collide when they visit Marcus, Axel's former best friend.
2"Episode 2"Nick HammÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato, David Barrocal, Alberto Úcar and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Axel's former girlfriend Kika Calafat returns to Ibiza amidst a family civil war and quickly befriends Zoe, who has reluctantly joined forces with Boxer to learn more about her brother's death. Zoe interrogates Axel's old friends from Manchester – Marcus, his ex-wife Anna and spiritualist David – and takes drastic action to break their silence. Her actions leave Marcus in terrible danger from Romanian drug traffickers.
3"Episode 3"Luis PrietoÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato, David Barrocal, Alberto Úcar and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Zoe and Boxer are caught in a high-speed chase with the police as they try to dispose of Marcus' cocaine stash. After being brutally attacked, Marcus begs Zoe to protect his children, whilst Boxer moves against the Romanians. Andreu alienates Oriol and Conchita when he asks Kika to take over as CEO of the company. Determined to clear his name, Oriol viciously interrogates Cristóbal Martínez, but his actions could reignite a war between Ibiza's most powerful families.
4"Episode 4"Luis PrietoÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato, David Barrocal, Alberto Úcar and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Conchita's attempt to ease rising tensions between the Calafat and Martínez families fails, with horrific consequences for Andreu. Zoe's father Clint arrives on Ibiza and urges her to return to Manchester. His interference pushes her closer to Boxer, who confesses that he has murdered the Romanian traffickers to protect both her and Marcus.
5"Episode 5"Luis PrietoÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Zoe wrestles with her conscience after sleeping with Boxer, and is left infuriated when her father cuts off her therapy sessions. The Calafats unite in the face of Andreu's life-changing injuries, all to aware that his accident was orchestrated by Pepe Martínez. Anna and Marcus rekindle their flame as he recuperates from his broken leg.
6"Episode 6"Ashley WayÁlex Pina, David Barrocal, Alberto Úcar and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Marcus faces financial ruin and ropes Zoe into a dangerous plan to retrieve packages of cocaine, but their actions inadvertently uncover the bodies of the Romanian traffickers during a public celebration. Zoe faces uncomfortable truths when David shows her photos of the night Axel was murdered. Tensions brew between Kika and Oriol as the Calafats deliberate the future of their family businesses.
7"Episode 7"Ashley WayÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Axel's friends and family gather to remember him over a reunion dinner, but things soon turn sour. Zoe is furious when Boxer reveals their fling to the other guests, while Marcus is pushed to the brink after clashing with Anna's fiancé George. Clint continues to keep tabs on Zoe from afar.
8"Episode 8"Ashley WayÁlex Pina, David Barrocal, Alberto Úcar, Nacho Sánchez Quevedo and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Zoe's husband and daughter arrive in Ibiza, leaving her debating whether to confess her affair with Boxer. Anna's reckless behaviour puts Zoe's daughter in danger. David hosts a mediation session between the Calafats, and Kika forces Oriol to confront his sexual attraction to their mother. Clint follows a lead to Cristóbal Martínez, who reveals a vital clue that places Oriol under suspicion.
9"Episode 9"Nick HammÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato, David Barrocal and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Clint kidnaps Oriol and plans to take him back to England to face justice for Axel's murder. Zoe and Boxer join forces to stop him leaving Ibiza, but events soon take a tragic turn. Anna is forced to examine her past and her future after discovering that Marcus and Kika are together. In flashbacks, the relationship between Axel, Marcus and Anna takes a surprising turn.
10"Episode 10"Nick HammÁlex Pina, Esther Martínez Lobato, David Barrocal, Alberto Úcar, Nacho Sánchez Quevedo and Ed Wethered15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Grieving and hell-bent on revenge, Zoe makes a shocking move. Her actions derail Anna's wedding day and trigger a chain of events that finally exposes the truth about Axel's murder. Old mistakes come back to haunt Marcus just as he gets comfortable with the Calafats.

Production[edit]

It was announced in October 2016 that Netflix had ordered a series created by Money Heist creator Álex Pina.[6] In June 2019, Laura Haddock, Marta Milans, Juan Diego Botto, Nuno Lopes, Daniel Mays, Laurence Fox and Angela Griffin joined the cast of the show.[7]

Filming[edit]

Filming commenced in June 2019 in the Balearic Islands, and lasted until October.[7]

Release[edit]

White Lines was released on Netflix on 15 May 2020.[8]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 63% approval rating for the first series with an average rating of 6.57/10, based on 16 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "A tasty, self-indulgent tangle of mystery, White Lines is a sight to behold -- even if there's not much below the surface."[9] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finnis, Alex (5 May 2020). "White Lines cast: Netflix release date, who stars with Daniel Mays and what the new series is about". iNews. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Daniel Mays on Instagram: "Following the reports in the press over the past couple of days and for all those asking me on here, it's with a heavy heart I post the…"". Instagram. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Knight, Lewis (11 May 2020). "White Lines on Netflix release date, cast, trailer, and plot for Ibiza drugs thriller". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "White Lines Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  5. ^ "White Lines – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (29 July 2018). "Netflix Orders Mystery Drama Series 'White Lines' From 'The Crown' & 'La Casa de Papel' Producers – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  7. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (13 June 2019). "'White Lines': Netflix Crime-Drama From 'Money Heist' Creator Álex Pina & 'The Crown' Outfit Left Bank Under Way In Spain". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  8. ^ Craig, David (22 April 2020). "When is White Lines on Netflix? New series from Money Heist creator". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  9. ^ "White Lines: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  10. ^ "White Lines - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 May 2020.

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