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Second Season of Baptiste for BBC One


Two Brothers Pictures (The Missing, Fleabag, Liar, Cheat) is getting underway on a second season of the drama Baptiste for BBC One, with Harry and Jack Williams returning as writers.

Tchéky Karyo (The Missing) will return as the retired police investigator Julien Baptiste and will be joined by Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve, Fleabag), playing a British ambassador, for a brand-new case, which will take viewers into Budapest’s corrupt underworld.

Sales will be handled by all3media international. The first season of Baptiste aired on BBC One in February 2019, and season one will debut on Masterpiece on PBS on April 12.

Karyo said: “I am so excited and proud of Harry and Jack for their new audacious story in Hungary. I can’t wait to prepare for Julien’s new adventure and for the emotions that he is about to go through. I’m looking forward to sharing this incredible journey with an amazing cast.”

Shaw said: “I’m honored to be joining this hugely talented and committed team with the superb writing of Harry and Jack Williams and under the direction of Thomas Napper. I’m so lucky to be working with all the best of the new generation!”

Harry and Jack Williams, writers and managing directors of Two Brothers Pictures, commented: “We are thrilled to be continuing Julien Baptiste’s story. Even more ambitious than ever, this year’s story pays homage to its roots in The Missing by unfolding across two distinct periods of time, and we can guarantee even more surprises and twists. It’s a privilege to work once more with the mesmerizing Tchéky Karyo who has created an iconic character. And this year he’ll be joined by Fiona Shaw, an incredible actress who we’ve wanted to work with for some time. We can’t wait to see the two of them together. ”

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, added: “I am delighted that Baptiste is returning to BBC One and can’t wait to see Tchéky in action with Fiona Shaw in her new role. Jack and Harry have taken this series into a whole new ominous world which will surprise as well as excite fans.”

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]


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