In the genre of police procedurals, it is common for one or more of the suspects to be suffering from mental illness. Crime often is linked to an unbalanced view of the world, a distortion of reality. In RIVER, the 2015 six-part BBC series that recently became available on Netflix streaming, the tables are turned. Instead of perps with unbalanced eyes towards their surroundings, it is the police officer who is unhinged. Detective Inspector John River of the Metropolitan Police in London, a character played with sensitivity and at times even brilliance by Stellan Skarsgard, is the focal point of RIVER.