Witnesses (TV series)

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Witnesses les temois.jpg
FrenchLes Témoins
GenrePolice procedural
Created byMarc Herpoux
Hervé Hadmar
Written byMarc Herpoux
Hervé Hadmar
Directed byHervé Hadmar
StarringMarie Dompnier
Jan Hammenecker
Alexandre Carrière
Florence Bolufer
Thierry Lhermitte
Laurent Lucas
Catherine Mouchet
Audrey Fleurot
Judith Henry
ComposerÉric Demarsan
Country of originFrance
Original languageFrench
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
ProducersJean-Pierre Fayer
Fabienne Servan-Schreiber
CinematographyJean-Max Bernard
EditorsEmmanuelle Labbé
Diane Logan
Aurique Delannoy
Running time55 minutes
Production companyCinétévé
Original networkFrance 2 (France)
La Une (Belgium)
Channel 4 (UK; 2015)
BBC Four (UK; 2017)
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release22 November 2014 (2014-11-22) –

Witnesses (French: Les Témoins) is a French police procedural television series, created by Marc Herpoux and Hervé Hadmar, that premiered in Belgium on La Une on 22 November 2014.[1] Set in the coastal town of Le Tréport in Normandy, France, police detectives Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier) and Justin (Jan Hammenecker) investigate when bodies of murder victims are unearthed and left for discovery in the show homes of a housing developer. Former chief-of-police, Paul Maisonneuve (Thierry Lhermitte), is implicated. This series was later broadcast in France on France 2 from 8 March 2015, and from 1 May 2015 Netflix began streaming a subtitled version in the United States.[2] Channel 4 broadcast the series in the United Kingdom from 22 July 2015.

Marie Dompnier won a Golden FIPA award for the best actress in a television series at 2015's Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming for her role as Sandra Winckler.[3] In March 2016, France 2 announced a second series was in production. This series premiered in France on 15 March 2017.[4] Sandra and Justin find themselves on the trail of a serial killer whose modus operandi is to murder all former lovers of his kidnap victims. Audrey Fleurot and Judith Henry joined the cast.[5] In the UK, this series was broadcast on BBC Four from 25 November 2017.


Series 1[edit]

Series 2[edit]

  • Audrey Fleurot as Catherine Keemer
  • Judith Henry as Maxine
  • Steve Driesen as Oliver Keemer
  • Yannick Choirat as Geir Jansen
  • Guillaume Durieux as Eric Winckler
  • Anne Benoît as Christiane Varène
  • Philip Desmeules as Antoine Barrier
  • Dominique Bettenfeld as Martin Souriau


Series 1 (2015)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byBritish air dateUK viewers
1"Episode 1"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux22 July 2015 (2015-07-22)1.01
2"Episode 2"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux29 July 2015 (2015-07-29)0.75
3"Episode 3"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux5 August 2015 (2015-08-05)0.72
4"Episode 4"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux12 August 2015 (2015-08-12)N/A
5"Episode 5"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux19 August 2015 (2015-08-19)N/A
6"Episode 6"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux26 August 2015 (2015-08-26)N/A

Series 2 (2017)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byBritish air dateUK viewers
1"Episode 1"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux25 November 2017 (2017-11-25)1.20
2"Episode 2"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux25 November 2017 (2017-11-25)0.95
3"Episode 3"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux2 December 2017 (2017-12-02)N/A
4"Episode 4"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux2 December 2017 (2017-12-02)N/A
5"Episode 5"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux9 December 2017 (2017-12-09)N/A
6"Episode 6"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux9 December 2017 (2017-12-09)N/A
7"Episode 7"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux16 December 2017 (2017-12-16)N/A
8"Episode 8"Hervé HadmarHervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux16 December 2017 (2017-12-16)N/A


  1. ^ "Les témoins" (in French). FranceTV.fr. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  2. ^ France, Lisa Respers (30 April 2015). "New streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu in May". CNN. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ Awards, IMDb, Undated. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Witnesses' returns for season two". NordicNoirandbeyond.fr. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Witnesses season 2 coming to BBC Four | Crime Fiction Lover". November 2017.
  6. ^ "Weekly top 10 programmes on TV sets (July 1998 – Sept 2018) | BARB".

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