Chris Murray Signs on for Cannes Confidential


British writer Chris Murray, recently behind the reboot of the U.K. detective series Van Der Valk, has come on board as co-creator for Cannes Confidential, a new blue-sky procedural.

The 10×45-minute series blends comedy, mystery and crime detection with a love story. Dramacorp has been granted exclusive access to film in the city of Cannes, allowing the producer to use the trademark-protected name “Cannes” in the show title.

Cannes Confidential marks the first English-language procedural drama to be produced and set on the Côte d’Azur since the classic 1970s action-adventure comedy The Persuaders, starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

Patrick Nebout, founder and executive producer of Dramacorp, said: “I don’t think it’s too much to say that Cannes Confidential has echoes of the iconic, great Moonlighting in terms of its wit and charm, The Night Manager in terms of its scale and ambition, and La La Land in terms of its look and tone. As his credits prove, Chris Murray has a genius for creating deeply loved and witty characters and stories that run and run. And then there’s that other star of the show—Cannes—which will bring its own magic to our story. We’re looking forward to delivering something extremely special and distinctively upbeat, far from the tons of very dark shows that seem to have taken over the international market.”

Murray said: ‘The opportunity to work on a series that combines crime and humor, that is both heartwarming and heart-stopping, all set against the backdrop of Cannes and the French Riviera, is massively exciting.”