Salamander (TV series)
|Written by||Ward Hulselmans|
|Directed by||Frank van Mechelen|
|Country of origin||Belgium|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||47 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Skyline Entertainment|
|Original release||December 30, 2012– March 17, 2013|
Jonkhere is a small private bank in Brussels, Belgium. At the start of the series, 66 separate safe deposit boxes belonging to a number of the most prominent public figures in Belgium are robbed. The owners want to keep the thefts under wraps to avoid scandal, but an incorruptible, old-school police inspector Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) throws himself into the investigation. Gerardi discovers that the victims are members of a secret organisation called Salamander, a cabal made up of the country's industrial, financial, judicial and political elite, and the safe-deposit boxes contained their most intimate secrets – secrets which go back to World War II and could bring down the nation. As he becomes the target of both the criminals and the authorities, Gerardi - at great personal cost - must quickly find out what their agenda is and who is behind the thefts.
- Filip Peeters as Paul Gerardi
- Mike Verdrengh as Raymond Jonkhere
- Violet Braeckman as Sofie Gerardi
- Koen De Bouw as Joachim Klaus
- Lucas Van den Eynde as Carl Cassimon
- Jo De Meyere as Armand Persigal
- Koen Van Impe as Vic Adams
- Warre Borgmans as Martin Colla
- Vic De Wachter as Gil Wolfs
- Tine Reymer as Patricia Wolfs
- Kevin Janssens as Vincent Noël
- Tom De Hoog as Patrick Dejonghe
- Wim Opbrouck as Marc
- An Miller as Sarah Debruycker
- Els Olaerts as Yolande
- Jan Van den Bosch as Assistant to Vic Adams
- Jenne Decleir as Jos
- Bart Hollanders as Victor
- Gene Bervoets as Guy Rasenberg
- Ann Ceurvels as Karin Rasenberg
- Marianne Devriese as Sandra
- Emilie Van Nieuwenhuyze as Nicola Wolfs
- Charlotte Vandermeersch as Jenny
- Geert Van Rampelberg as Harry Dewulf
- Mathijs Scheepers as Emile Jonkhere
- Leah Thys as Martine Callier
- Dirk Van Dijck as Premier
- Sura Dohnke as Sabrina Dox
- Katrien Vandendries as Sylvia
- Jordi Rottier as Gil Wolfs as a child
- Eric Godon as Jean-Jacques
Filming began in Brussels in May 2011. Filming locations include Brussels Park, Egmont Park, the exterior of the Belgian Federal Parliament, Cinquantenaire, Law Courts of Brussels, Brussels-South railway station and Hotel Metropole.
BBC Four acquired Salamander in 2013 and the first broadcast of both episodes one and two was on 8 February 2014. Sue Deeks, head of acquisition for BBC said, "“Salamander is a gripping, edge-of-the seat thriller. It will make a fantastic addition to our Saturday nights on BBC4.” The series was also acquired by RTBF and negotiations are currently underway for other countries. Funding was provided by Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie and the Belgian Tax Shelter. The series was bought and carried by Netflix.
Salamander was set for an English-language remake, as a co-production between Cite Amerique and the British Artist Studio, but later switched to ABC Studios, where a pilot for a potential 2017-18 series has been ordered on January 31, 2017. A second series is also being written.
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