BBC Four has closed a deal with Beta Film to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the Belgian thriller series Salamander. The series, which consists of 12 episodes, has been acquired for BBC Four’s Saturday night slot and follow on from the recent acquisitions of Arne Dahl & Inspector Da Luca.
Produced by Skyline Entertainment, Salamander tells the story of a Brussels bank which holds, in their safety deposit boxes, secrets that can bring down a nation. When the 66 safe-deposit boxes are raided the owner of the bank wants to keep the thefts under wraps but police inspector Paul Gerardi catches wind of the affair. With his incorruptible, old-school morals and devil-may-care attitude, Gerardi throws himself into the investigation, and when some of the key players are murdered, commit suicide or vanish, soon realises just how big the case is. Gerardi discovers that the victims are members of a secret organisation called Salamander, made up of the country’s industrial, financial, judicial and political elite, and the safe-deposit boxes contained their most intimate secrets – secrets that could bring down the nation. As he becomes the target of both the criminals and the authorities, Gerardi must quickly find out what their agenda is. And who is behind the thefts…
Speaking of the series, Sue Deeks, the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisitions, said: “Salamander is a gripping, edge-of-the seat thriller – it will make a fantastic addition to our Saturday nights on BBC Four.”
While Oliver N. Bachert, Senior Vice-President of International Sales and Acquisitions at Beta Film, said: “Salamander is an excellent example for top-of-the-line serialized storytelling made in Europe. We are absolutely convinced that Salamander will thrill audiences in the UK the same way as it did on the continent.”