BBC releases trailer for new series of 'Baptiste'
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
The BBC drama’s anticipated new series of Baptiste is set to be explosive, with writers and brothers Harry and Jack Williams admitting the series was “the most ambitious.” But with a huge fanbase for the French detective solving grisly crimes throughout the world, why is the programme drawing to a close? The cast spoke with Express.co.uk to explain.
Talking about the success of previous series’ and the decision to end the story on series two of Baptiste, Jack said: “We love writing this character and this show, and once we started breaking the story and realising it was going to be the last one.
“That was both hugely exciting and painful at the same time.”
He continued: “We didn’t want to just be a detective series like so many others and we began to worry it was becoming that if we continued.”
Harry added: “It’s a huge emotional investment. It’s eight years – longer actually, since we wrote the first draft of the first Missing.”
He described the process as having been “a joy”.
Series two sees British Ambassador Emma Chambers (played by Fiona Shaw), whose family disappears whilst on holiday in the Hungarian mountains.
Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) immerses himself into Emma’s world, committed to finding her husband and two sons.
But things take a more sinister turn, and Julien is forced to navigate a Hungarian police force he doesn’t trust.
The story encompasses two timelines, showing very different worlds but with the same characters.
Speaking about the way in which the writers went about producing the disorienting feel of the show, Harry explained: “I definitely think, having done both seasons, while I think probably bigger differentiations there than there are here – that’s part of the fun.
“I think people have been watching this show and this character for a while now and I do think that confusion is sometimes welcomed because you’re forced to go ‘okay, I don’t know exactly where I am, but you’re going to tell me, you’re going to show me.’ “So, you’re watching and you don’t want people to get bored, repeating what’s going on every five minutes, you trust people to stay with you.”
Tchéky described the setting of Hungary as being “a really good character”.
He explained: “It’s another culture, the different attitudes and a different kind of government.”
Harry added the locations used were deliberately not of picturesque Hungarian scenes viewers might expect.
“We couldn’t have set this anywhere else,” Jack said. “It’s not immediately apparent in episode one why we chose Hungary, but it becomes increasingly apparent that, as the series goes on, this story had to exist there.”
Tchéky describes Baptiste as having “hit the bottom of the barrel” at the end of series one, and he takes on the case as a form of escapism from his own life.
After enduring a horrific personal tragedy, Baptiste pushed his wife Celia away and is looking for any distraction.
Teasing his character’s change, Tchéky said: “The story they [Jack and Harry Williams] have written for the second series is so bold, it questions our society and our relationships with others with a strong and accurate sense of judgement.
“I was excited to be challenged this way and to carry this ambitious story on my shoulders.”
Jack admitted: “I wouldn’t deny that Missing one and two and Baptiste one were hard going – they weren’t a giggle fest and this isn’t a giggle fest either, but it’s got a little more light and shade.”
Baptiste airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm and all episodes are available on BBC iPlayer.
Source: Read Full Article