The Missing writers Harry and Jack Williams are writing a spin off show for the drama’s French detective Julien Baptiste.
Baptiste will star Tchéky Karyo. It is produced by Two Brothers Pictures for BBC One in association with all3media International who are handling international sales.
The drama begins with Julien and his wife on a visit to Amsterdam, where the Chief of Police – who also happens to be an old girlfriend – seeks out his help due to his crime solving skills. Baptiste is rapidly embroiled in a case that “looks beyond the beautiful streets, canals and houses of Amsterdam to the seamy underworld beneath.”
Karyo says: “Julien Baptiste is very dear to me, so I’m really excited to be following his journey to the streets of Amsterdam and seeing what dark secrets he unveils this time. No doubt he’ll continue to take great risks all in the name of justice.”
Harry and Jack Williams say: “Julien Baptiste lives! It’s an absolute pleasure to be writing the character of Baptiste again, and working with the utterly brilliant Tchéky Karyo, who brings such depth and individuality to Julien.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “Julien Baptiste – played by the exceptional Tchéky Karo – is one of the Williams brothers’ greatest creations and utterly deserving of his own show. This first series of Baptiste will allow us to discover more about Julien than ever before as he is parachuted into the centre of a shocking and wide-ranging crime story.”
Filming starts later this year in Amsterdam and Belgium.
Executive Producers are Harry and Jack Williams and Christopher Aird for Two Brothers Pictures and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. The Producer is John Griffin.
Baptiste is commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content and Piers Wenger, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning.
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