Salamander (TV series)

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Salamander
Salamander DVD.jpg
Genre
  • Crime
  • Drama
Written by Ward Hulselmans
Directed by Frank van Mechelen
Starring Filip Peeters
Composer(s) Steve Willaert
Country of origin Belgium
Original language(s) Dutch
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Producer(s)
  • Corinne Appelmans
  • Jan Theys
  • Eric Wirix
Running time 47 minutes
Production company(s) Skyline Entertainment
Distributor Beta Films
Release
Original network Eén
Original release December 30, 2012 (2012-12-30) – March 17, 2013 (2013-03-17)
External links
Website www.een.be/programmas/salamander

Salamander is a Belgian drama television series that was first broadcast on Eén on December 30, 2012. The twelve-part series is produced by Skyline Entertainment and written by Ward Hulselmans.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

Production[edit]

Filming began in Brussels in May 2011.[3] 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.[3]

BBC Four acquired Salamander in 2013 and the first broadcast of both episodes one and two was on 8 February 2014.[4] 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.”[4] The series was also acquired by RTBF and negotiations are currently underway for other countries.[5] Funding was provided by Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie and the Belgian Tax Shelter.[5] 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,[5] but later switched to ABC Studios, where a pilot for a potential 2017-18 series has been ordered on January 31, 2017.[6] A second series is also being written.[7]

Reception[edit]

Ben Lawrence of The Daily Telegraph gave the first two episodes three stars out of five and called its plot "compelling".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Four acquires Belgian thriller Salamander". BBC. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Webdale, Jonathan (23 May 2013). "BBC4 bags Belgian crime thriller". C21 Media. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Salamander: nieuwe prestigieuze fictie voor Eén met een heuse topcast". TV Corner. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan (23 May 2013). "'Salamander': Belgian thriller series to air on BBC Four". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "BBC Four acquires Flemish TV-series Salamander". Flanders Image. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  6. ^ http://deadline.com/2017/01/abc-toni-collette-spy-dramedy-unit-zero-salamander-drama-pilot-1201899274/
  7. ^ Plunkett, John (7 February 2014). "Salamander: BBC4 heads out of the dark with Belgian thriller". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Lawrence, Ben (8 February 2014). "Salamander, episode s1 and 2, BBC Four, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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