Section de recherches
Steven Bawol |
Félicité Du Jeu
Stéphane Soo Mongo
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||127 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||52 minutes|
|Original release||May 11, 2006|
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".
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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, and is replaced by Marie Guilmineau (The Shadow Men).
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. Kamel Belghazi also left the series in mid-season. Manon Azem joined the show shortly after in the role of Warrant Officer Sarah Casanova.
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. 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.
|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|
|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 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 shooting of the sixth season begins at the end of February 2011 for an expected duration of nine months.
The shooting of the seventh season is from April to December 2012.
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. The shooting of the eighth season begins in April 2013 in region.
The filming of the ninth season begins March 24, 2014.
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.
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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