Neil Jordan

'Riviera,' where bad things happen in pretty places

'Riviera,' where bad things happen in pretty places

As seems to be becoming faddish, Sundance Channel has added a by-subscription, premium streaming wing called Sundance Now. To tempt you to part with a portion of your monthly discretionary spending, it is offering the glittering bauble of "Riviera," a 10-episode conspiracy thriller packed inside a dysfunctional family drama, or vice versa, imported from the U.K. and set in the hills of Monaco and the south of France. It’s pretty.

The miniseries’ pedigree on paper is impressive; it’s created by "The Crying Game" writer and director Neil Jordan, from "an idea" by superstar rock manager Paul McGuinness, with some early-episode screenwriting by...

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