Baptiste (TV series)
|Directed by||Börkur Sigþórsson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producers||Christopher Aird|
|Production location||Netherlands Belgium|
|Production company||Two Brothers Pictures|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||2:1 1080i|
|Original release||17 February 2019|
|Related shows||The Missing|
Baptiste is a spin-off series from the British TV drama The Missing using one of the central characters, Julien Baptiste, played by Tchéky Karyo. The series is produced by Two Brothers Pictures and distributed worldwide by their parent company All3Media. It was broadcast on BBC One starting in February 2019 and is written by Jack and Harry Williams, who also wrote The Missing. In the United States, it was broadcast by PBS on its series Masterpiece beginning on 12 April 2020.
The show uses one of the central characters from the TV series, The Missing, that of Julien Baptiste played by Tchéky Karyo. Baptiste's wife and daughter are played by the same actors from The Missing, otherwise all other characters and actors starring in the programme are new.
After having an operation on his brain tumour, Julien Baptiste claims he is not the man he once was. His old boss persuades him to help the Dutch Police look for a missing sex worker in Amsterdam. While looking, he meets Edward, the uncle of the missing girl. All is not as it seems with Edward, and the show also introduces Kim Vogel, who has a criminal history and Constantin, a Romanian national who is seen murdering and dismembering a victim at the start of the programme.
- Tchéky Karyo as Julien Baptiste
- Tom Hollander as Edward Stratton
- Jessica Raine as Genevieve Taylor
- Clare Calbraith as Clare
- Talisa Garcia as Kim Vogel
- Trystan Gravelle as Greg
- Anastasia Hille as Celia Baptiste
- Anna Próchniak as Natalie Rose
- Barbara Sarafian as Martha Horchner
- Alec Secăreanu as Constantin
- Nicholas Woodeson as Peter
- Boris Van Severen as Niels Horchner
- Issam Dakka as Security Guard
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||"Shell"||Börkur Sigþórsson||Harry Williams & Jack Williams||17 February 2019||9.17|
|While Julien Baptiste is in Amsterdam with his family, an old friend, Martha, from the Dutch police, asks him to search for a missing sex worker, Natalie Rose. He meets Edward, who claims to be Natalie's uncle, and the two men delve into the criminal underworld of Amsterdam's red light district.|
|2||"Measure of a Man"||Börkur Sigþórsson||Harry Williams & Jack Williams||24 February 2019||7.98|
|With help from Kim Vogel, Julien finds Natalie, who reveals that Edward is not her uncle, but a client. Julien goes to Edward's address in Antwerp and finds a severed head hidden in the house.|
|3||"For Blood"||Börkur Sigþórsson||Harry Williams & Jack Williams||3 March 2019||7.86|
|Julien confronts Edward, who tells him that the head is that of his father, who has been murdered by Romanian gangsters belonging to the Brigada Serbilu, after Edward helped Natalie to steal some money that they were laundering. Julien sends his own family into hiding, while he continues to work on the case with help from Niels, a young Dutch detective, who is Martha's son.|
|4||"Vertrouwen"||Jan Matthys||Harry Williams & Jack Williams||10 March 2019||7.55|
|Kim Vogel is murdered. Julien goes in pursuit of the stolen money while Genevieve, a British detective, coerces Edward to meet Constantin, the gangsters' spokesman. When the money is discovered, Edward gives Julien the slip and returns to the UK. Martha confesses to Julien that Niels is his natural son.|
|5||"Lucy"||Jan Matthys||Kelly Jones||17 March 2019||7.36|
|Having tracked Edward down, Julien and Genevieve conceive an audacious plan to turn Constantin and bring down the Brigada. Julien begins negotiations with Constantin, but the Brigada murder Constantin in Amsterdam for having misappropriated their money. They track down Edward's ex-wife and murder her and her partner; Edward manages to turn the tables on the assassin, but Julien realises that someone in the Dutch police has betrayed them.|
|6||"Into the Sand"||Jan Matthys||Harry Williams & Jack Williams||24 March 2019||7.18|
|Edward finds evidence against the Brigada among Kim's belongings. Niels is revealed to have been secretly working for the Brigada, and goes on the run. When Julien, Genevieve and the police catch up with him, he takes Martha hostage and kills her.|
Most of the action is set in Amsterdam in the Netherlands; although some exterior scenes were shot there, some were actually filmed in Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium. Additionally, a handful of scenes were shot in Deal, Kingsdown, Ramsgate and Sandwich, all in Kent, England.
The series is in six episodes, all being broadcast on a Sunday evening.
Carol Midgley writing in The Times, gave the first episode three out of five and declared the first 45 minutes to be "underwhelming", though the last 15 minutes picked up and left her "semi-intrigued". The Guardian described the programme as a "slowburning spin-off" and "the opener draws you into a darkly compelling plot".
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