Section de recherches

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Research unit
Genre Crime drama
Created by Steven Bawol
Dominique Lancelot
Starring Xavier Deluc
Virginia Caliari
Kamel Belghazi
Chrystelle Labaude
Linda Hardy
Jean-Pascal Lacoste
Félicité Du Jeu
Bernard Montiel
Vincent Primault
Olivia Lancelot
Franck Sémonin
Manon Azem
Julie Fournier
Stéphane Soo Mongo
Felicite Chaton
Julie Bernard
Raphaël Bouchard
Marine Sainsily
Honorine Magnier
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes 127 (list of episodes)
Production location(s)
Running time 52 minutes
Original network TF1
Audio format stereo
Original release May 11, 2006
External links

Section de recherches ("Research Unit") is a French television series that was first broadcast on TF1 on May 11, 2006.

In Belgium, the series was shown on La Une from November 9, 2013.[1]


The Research Unit is a special unit of the National Gendarmerie, responsible for the most complex cases. In Bordeaux (from 2006 to 2013) and then in Nice (since 2014), it investigates child abductions, disappearances, vicious or sexual crimes. In search of witnesses, the team is empowered to extend its investigations beyond the borders of France.


The series is developed at the same time as another series of TF1: R.I.S, police scientifique. The producer decides to differentiate itself from this series on all the aspects. It chooses to stage gendarmes in the provinces, her choice will be based on Bordeaux, in order to be able to use different types of scenery. Moreover, it's decided to play the card of humans, inspired by American series such as "Cold Case" and "Without a Trace".[2]

The series is one of the few French to be written with the process of writing room, in the manner of the processes of writing American series. Dominique Lancelot is both producer and screenwriter of the program, which gives him a position of show runner.[2] The screenwriters work in two workshops to produce two scenarios at a time. They meet several days a week to work together on a scenario. One of the screenwriters is then designated to write the sequencer, another author then resumes writing the dialogues. Each scenario thus passes through several hands before receiving the approval of the show runner for the shoot.[3] The series is therefore written in tense flow, As soon as an episode is finalized, it is shot, which is quite rare for a French series used to turning seasons. The budget of an episode of 900 000 € which must be added the participation of CNC of 100 000 €, representing a budget of one million euros per episode.[4]

In 2013, after the seventh season, production decides to make many changes for the following season. They move the brigade, leaving Bordeaux to settle in Nice.[5] The producers explain that this change is due to technical and creative constraints. The weather not always clemente of the Gironde created many problems for the filming of the many scenes outdoors. The writers wanted to develop the leafy aspect of the series, but it was necessary to have a milder weather like that of the Alpes-Maritimes.[6]

A tenth season is controlled by TF1 for broadcast in 2016. The series then experiencing a major upheaval because at the end of the ninth season, producer Dominique Lancelot stepping down as showrunner,[7] and is replaced by Marie Guilmineau (The Shadow Men).[8]


In 2008, Linda Hardy joined the cast of the third season as a Chief Warrant Officer Claire Linsky.[9] She decides to leave at the end of next season series in 2010 to focus on his family.[10]

In 2011, two new characters appeared in the fifth season: Warrant Officer Fanny Caradec played by Félicité Du Jeu[11] and Officer Marc-Olivier Delcroix played by Vincent Primault.

The seventh season saw many casting changes. Félicité Du Jeu left the series because of her pregnancy, she puts her career on hold to give birth to a baby girl.[12] Kamel Belghazi also left the series in mid-season.[13] Manon Azem joined the show shortly after in the role of Warrant Officer Sarah Casanova.[12]

In 2013, the relocation of the series from Bordeaux to Nice for the eighth season led to many changes in the cast: except for Xavier Deluc and Chrystelle Labaude and Manon Azem, all the other actors (Jean-Pascal Lacoste, Virginia Caliari and Olivia Lancelot) are written out. New joined as the new characters: Franck Sémonin in the role of Lieutenant Lucas Auriol and Julie Fournier in lieutenant Roxane Janin.[14] Them joined also Stéphane Soo Mongo as Warrant Officer Alexandre Sainte-Rose and Félicité Chaton as Warrant Officer Victoire Cabral. Finally, Manon Azem returns to the cast in the eighth season to the fifth episode.[15]


Character Actor Position Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Martin Bernier Xavier Deluc Major Main
Matilde Delmas Virginia Caliari Sergeant Main
Enzo Ghemara Kamel Belghazi Captain (Seasons 1-5)
Commander (Seasons 5-7)
Nadia Angeli Chrystelle Labaude Captain Main
Claire Linsky Linda Hardy Chief Sergeant Main
Luc Irrandonéa Jean-Pascal Lacoste Officer Recurring Main
Fanny Caradec Félicité Du Jeu Sergeant Main
Alain Berger Bernard Montiel Prosecutor Main
Marc-Olivier Delcroix Vincent Primault Officer Recurring Main Guest
Nathalie Charlieu Olivia Lancelot Lieutenant Recurring Main
Lucas Auriol Franck Sémonin Lieutenant Main
Sara Casanova Manon Azem Sergeant Recurring Main
Roxane Janin Julie Fournier Lieutenant Main
Alexandre Sainte-Rose Stéphane Soo Mongo Sergeant Main
Victory Cabral Felicite Chaton Sergeant Main
Juliette Delage Julie Bernard Lieutenant Main
Camille Chatenet Raphaël Bouchard Lieutenant Main
Sophie Walle Marine Sainsily Sergeant Main
Rose Orsini Honorine Magnier Sergeant Main
Élise Tielrooy Main


For the first seven seasons the set was in Bordeaux and from season 8 onward the set is in Nice.

Series Episodes Originally broadcast
Series premiere Series finale
1 4 11 May 2006 18 May 2006
2 8 6 September 2007 28 September 2007
3 10 20 November 2008 29 January 2009
4 14 10 September 2009 11 March 2010
5 14 10 March 2011 28 April 2011
6 10 26 April 2012 24 May 2012
7 16 28 February 2013 18 April 2013
8 12 27 February 2014 3 April 2014
9 12 5 February 2015 19 March 2015
10 13 28 January 2016 31 March 2016
11 14 5 January 2017 13 April 2017
12 TBA 1 March 2018 2018


The filming of the first six seasons takes place in Bordeaux and in the Aquitaine region for outdoor scenes and in Paris for indoor scenes.

The filming of episodes 67 and 68: from April 3 to April 20 in Angoulême and around, episodes 69 and 70: from may 22 for 3 weeks in Angoulême and surroundings, episodes 71 and 72: from June 18 for 3 weeks in Angoulême and surroundings and episodes 73 and 74: from September 3 for 3 weeks in Angoulême and the surrounding area.

The filming of the final of the fifth season in La Réunion lasted 24 days.[16]

The shooting of the sixth season begins at the end of February 2011 for an expected duration of nine months.[17]

The shooting of the seventh season is from April to December 2012.[18]

Since the eighth season and the relocation of the series to Nice, production has set up its studios in a former perfumery factory in the Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes) zone.[19] The shooting of the eighth season begins in April 2013 in region.[20]

The filming of the ninth season begins March 24, 2014.[21]

The shooting of the tenth season is planned in two stages: a first part from the end of March 2015, and a second part from the summer until the end of December 2015.[8]

The filming of the eleventh season began in March 2016.

The shooting of the twelfth season began on March 13, 2017.


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  2. ^ a b "C'est quoi un "showrunner" à la française ? - News Séries - AlloCiné". 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Season One - Podcast 100% Séries". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Section de recherches | Séries |" (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  5. ^ Laurent Chignaguet Journaliste Journaliste (2017-02-27). "Section de recherches déménage à Nice". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  6. ^ Jean-Marc Barenghi Journaliste (2014-02-27). "Section de recherches change tout : les nouveautés de la saison". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Section de recherches : une saison 10 pour la série de TF1 en 2016". Toutelatele. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  8. ^ a b Par Thomas Janua. "Section de recherches, TF1 : les premières infos sur la saison 10 [Photos" (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  9. ^ TVMag (2007-12-14). "Linda Hardy enquête pour Section de recherches". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  10. ^ TVMag (2010-07-29). "Linda Hardy dans une série US". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  11. ^ "Félicité du Jeu, de Spielberg à Section de recherches". Toutelatele. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  12. ^ a b "Félicité du Jeu (Section de recherches) : Maman d'une petite fille". 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  13. ^ "Section de recherches, saison 7 : les héros quittent le navire". Toutelatele. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  14. ^ "Section de recherches saison 8 : De nouvelles têtes arrivent, et d'autres partent | News |" (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  15. ^ Par Isabelle Dhombres. "Jean-Pascal Lacoste bientôt de retour dans Section de recherches [Exclu" (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  16. ^ "Les héros de Section de Recherches s'envolent pour l'île de la Réunion !". 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  17. ^ "Neuf mois de tournage pour quatorze épisodes". Sud 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  18. ^ "Section de recherches quitte la Charente à la fin de l'année". Charente 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
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  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
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