Black Spot (TV series)

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Black Spot
FrenchZone Blanche
Genre
Created byMathieu Missoffe
Written by
  • Mathieu Missoffe
  • Antonin Martin-Hilbert
  • Florent Meyer
Directed by
  • Thierry Poiraud
  • Julien Despaux
Starring
Composer(s)Thomas Couzinier
Frédéric Kooshmanian
Country of origin
  • France
  • Belgium
Original language(s)French
No. of series2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time52 minutes
Release
Original networkFrance 2
Original release10 April 2017 (2017-04-10) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Black Spot (French: Zone Blanche, lit. 'White Zone')a is a French-Belgian television thriller that premiered on France 2 on 10 April 2017, following its debut in February at the 2017 Festival des créations télévisuelles de Luchon. Created by Mathieu Missoffe via co-production of Ego Productions, Be-Films, and RTBF, the series stars Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre, and Laurent Capelluto.[1] In November 2017, Amazon Prime acquired the rights to stream Season 1 globally outside of Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — a first for any French series.[1] A second season was commissioned by France 2 and was released globally on Netflix on June 14, 2019.[2].

Plot[edit]

Captain Laurène Weiss is the head of the Gendarmerie (local police) of her hometown of Villefranche, a small, isolated, fictional town surrounded by a 50,000-acre (200 km2; 78 sq mi) forest in the mountains. Prosecutor Frank Siriani arrives to learn why the town's murder rate is six times the national average; he also has an interest in investigating the captain's past. The forest is a strange and exceptionally dangerous place, in which many of the murders take place.

Cast[edit]

  • Suliane Brahim: Laurène Weiss
  • Hubert Delattre: Martial Ferrandis
  • Laurent Capelluto: Franck Siriani
  • Samuel Jouy: Bertrand Steiner
  • Renaud Rutten: Louis Hermann
  • Tiphaine Daviot: Camille Laugier (season 1)
  • Anne Suarez: Lea Steiner
  • Naidra Ayadi: Leila Barami
  • Camille Aguilar: Cora Weiss
  • Brigitte Sy: Sabine Hennequin
  • Dan Herzberg: Gaspard Bellan
  • Cyrielle Debreuil: Anna Delambre
  • Thomas Doret: Rudy Guerin
  • Olivier Bonjour: Gerald Steiner (season 1-2)
  • Théo Costa-Marini: Roman Barthélémy
  • Samir Boitard: Paul Méric
  • Jean-Michel Balthazar: Maître Caubere
  • Pascal Elso: Pierre Winkler (Season 1)
  • Serge Riaboukine (Season 2)
  • Marina Hands: Delphine Garnier (season 2)
  • Guinea pig - Peanut. In both seasons

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateFrance viewers
(millions)
11"Quand on arrive en ville"
"Stranger Comes to Town"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxMathieu Missoffe10 April 2017 (2017-04-10)3.97[3]
The corpse of a young woman is found hanging in the forest. Major Laurène Weiss tries to solve this mystery, while welcoming the eccentric new prosecutor, Franck Siriani, to Villefranche. The townspeople are already tense from the announced closure of the local sawmill and the disappearance of the mayor's daughter.
22"À Quoi Rêvent Les Loups?"
"A Wolf's Dream"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxMathieu Missoffe10 April 2017 (2017-04-10)3.97[3]
Laurène comes across a wolf protecting a hidden newborn. She tries to find the child's parents, while being followed by the mysterious animal. As events quickly escalate, her past memories return.
33"En abyme"
"The Void"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxMathieu Missoffe17 April 2017 (2017-04-17)2.97[4]
A traumatised amateur speleologist resurfaces from a labyrinth of caves, claiming to have been separated from a companion while underground. Laurène tries to distinguish truth from lies in his testimony before considering a perilous descent. Meanwhile, a mysterious graffito appearing around Villefranche leads Cora to suspect a group of shadowy activists has kidnapped the mayor's missing daughter.
44"Nous n'irons plus au bois"
"No More Walks in The Woods"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxFlorent Meyer, Antonin Martin-Hilbert, & Mathieu Missoffe17 April 2017 (2017-04-17)2.97[4]
A phone is found with videos showing a group of young people terrified by a macabre discovery in the forest. After finding one of their corpses, Laurène and her team investigate to determine what happened during their night out. Meanwhile, she reflects on her complicated relationship with Bertrand, the town's mayor.
55"Le bout de la route"
"The End of the Road"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxMathieu Missoffe, Florent Meyer, & Antonin Martin-Hilbert24 April 2017 (2017-04-24)2.97[5]
A gang of thieves hit Sabine's bar. With the town on lockdown, Laurène must locate them to learn their purpose in Villefranche. Meanwhile, Cora and the children at Arduinna follow mysterious trucks roaming the forest at night.
66"Sombres héros"
"Dark Heroes"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxMathieu Missoffe, Florent Meyer, & Antonin Martin-Hilbert24 April 2017 (2017-04-24)2.97[5]
A woman commits suicide the same day that her husband is awarded a medal of honor. Laurène suspects the man is not the hero that everyone thinks he is. She tries to discover his dark secrets, but he is protected by the mayor, his childhood friend.
77"Le secret derrière la fenêtre"
"The Secret Behind the Window"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxFlorent Meyer, Antonin Martin-Hilbert, & Mathieu Missoffe1 May 2017 (2017-05-01)3.25[6]
The father of a mentally-handicapped teenager is found dead. The townspeople are concerned about the boy and want to know what happened. Laurène begins a difficult murder investigation, but is troubled, because Siriani has put Bertrand in custody. Laurène must uncover the truth.
88"La fin n'est que le commencement"
"The End Is Only the Beginning"
Thierry Poiraud & Julien DespauxMathieu Missoffe1 May 2017 (2017-05-01)3.25[6]
The investigation into the disappearance of the mayor's daughter rebounds with the strangely staged discovery of her body. While Bertrand seeks revenge, Laurène finally gets closer to the hidden enemy that she has been tracking for years.

Notes[edit]

a.^ While the original French series title is Zone Blanche, which literally translates to English as "white zone," "white area," or "white region," it is actually an expression meant to refer to a "dead zone," which describes the cellular dead zone of the setting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (20 November 2017). "Amazon Takes French Thriller 'Black Spot' In Global Streaming Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ Cuyer, Clément (9 April 2018). "Zone Blanche : une saison 2 et une nouvelle venue au casting" [Zone Blanche: a second season and a new cast member] (in French). Allocine. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Cusseau, Clément (11 April 2017). "Audiences : bon démarrage pour Zone Blanche, la nouvelle série de France 2" [Audiences: good start for Zone Blanche, the new series of France 2] (in French). Allociné. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Rieux, François (18 April 2017). "Audiences TV : Camping Paradis cartonne et Zone Blanche se maintient" [TV Audiences: Camping Paradis Cartonne and Zone Blanche maintain]. Première (in French). Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b Roulet, Jérôme (25 April 2017). "Audiences TV du lundi 24 avril 2017 : Camping Paradis règne en maître, Sister Act 2 plus puissant que Hunger Games, Dummie la momie fait un flop" [TV Audiences Monday, 24 April 2017: Camping Paradis reigns supreme, Sister Act 2 more powerful than Hunger Games, Dummie the mummy makes a flop.]. toutelatele.com (in French). Retrieved 2 May 2018..
  6. ^ a b Dezeraud, Pierre (2 May 2017). "Audiences : "Camping Paradis" leader, "Zone Blanche" en hausse pour son final, carton pour "John Wick" sur C8" [Audiences: "Camping Paradis" leads, "Zone Blanche" rises for its final, high marks for "John Wick" on C8]. ozap.com (in French). Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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