Dolmen (miniseries)

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Dolmen is a French TV miniseries, consisting of six 90 minutes-long episodes, and starring Ingrid Chauvin. It was written by Nicole Jamet and Marie-Anne Le Pezennec, and broadcast for the first time between June 13 and July 18, 2005 on TF1.

Synopsis[edit]

The story is set in Ty Kern, an island off the coast of Brittany (which is, in real life, Belle-Île-en-Mer). In Ty Kern, four families are connected by ancient rivalries and secrets: the Kersaints, the Le Bihans, the Pérecs, and the Kermeurs. Marie Kermeur, a young police lieutenant, returns to the island to marry her childhood love, Christian Bréhat. But on the day before the wedding of Marie and Christian, strange events begin to happen. The bloody corpse of a seagull is brought in by the tide, Marie is assaulted by strange nightmares during the night, her brother Gildas is found dead, and menhirs near the town begin to ooze blood.

Aided by an inspector from the mainland, Lucas Fersen, Marie decides to clarify these strange phenomena. It is now that a series of deaths begin.

Cast and characters[edit]

Family tree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
vieux Pérec
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aude
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chantal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
?
 
 
 
Anne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
?
 
 
 
Christian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gildas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Millic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jeanne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nicolas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loïc
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yvon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yannick
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hervé
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierric
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yvonne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gwenaëlle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ronan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philippe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unborn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Armelle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juliette
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arthus
 
 
 
Pierre-Marie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
?
 
 
Erwan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sean
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kermeur family[edit]

Proprietors of a hotel.

  • Marie, lieutenant of the Gendarmerie in Brest (Ingrid Chauvin)
  • Millic, Marie's father (later known not to be so) (Jean-Louis Foulquier)
  • Jeanne, Marie's mother (later known not to be so) (Martine Sarcey)
  • Gildas, Marie's other brother (Luc Thuiller)
  • Loïc, Marie's brother (Manuel Gélin)
  • Nicolas, Loïc's son (Tom Hygreck)

Pérec family[edit]

Kersaint family[edit]

  • Arthus, Châtelain (Georges Wilson)
  • Pierre-Marie ("PM"), Arthus' son (Hippolyte Girardot)
  • Erwan de Kersaint, Arthus' son and Marie's real father (both secrets later to be revealed) (Yves Rénier)
  • Armelle, Pierre-Marie's wife (Laure Killing)
  • Juliette, daughter of Pierre-Marie and Armelle (Emilie de Preissac)

Le Bihan family[edit]

Owners of a faïencerie (factory for fancy pottery)

  • Yvonne, head of the business (Nicole Croisille)
  • Pierric, Yvonne's mentally handicapped son (Chick Ortega)
  • Gwenaëlle (often shortened Gwen), Yvonne's daughter (Micky Sébastian)
  • Philippe, Gwenaëlle's husband (Didier Bienaimé)
  • Ronan, son of Gwenaëlle and Philippe (Thomas de Sambi)

Other characters[edit]

  • Christian Bréhat, Marie Kermeur's fiancé, a famous Yacht racing captain (Xavier Deluc)
  • Anne Bréhat, Christian's sister, owner of a café at Ty Kern (Brigitte Froment)
  • Lucas Fersen, major in the Brest Gendarmerie (Bruno Madinier)
  • Patrick Ryan (false identity adopted by Erwan de Kersaint), Irish novelist
  • Stéphane Morineau, head of computer forensics for the Brest Gendarmerie (Richaud Valls)

Technical details[edit]

Filming places[edit]

Broadcast information[edit]

  • The first episode was viewed by approximately 12.1 million viewers (48.8% share)
  • The second episode was viewed by approximately 11.4 million viewers (48.7% share)
  • The third episode was viewed by approximately 11.6 million viewers (50.5% share)
  • The fourth episode was viewed by approximately 12.1 million viewers (49.1% share)
  • The fifth episode was viewed by approximately 11.9 million viewers (51.1% share)
  • The sixth and final episode was viewed by 12.88 million viewers (53.1% share)[citation needed]

International broadcast[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Result
2006 Globes de Cristal Award Best TV Movie / TV Series Didier Albert Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maps and locations are available on Les Elfes de Bretagne website, in English and French.

External links[edit]

Dolmen at the Internet Movie Database