The Missing is getting a spin-off. BBC One has given the green-light to Baptiste, an offshoot that will center around French detective Julien Baptiste. Tchéky Karyo, who played Baptiste in both seasons of The Missing, is on-board to reprise his role in the spin-off
Baptiste sees the stubborn detective, who is on a visit to Amsterdam with his wife, recruited by the Chief of Police – who also happens to be an old girlfriend – due to his renowned and methodical crime solving skills. Baptiste is rapidly embroiled in a case that looks beyond the beautiful streets, canals and houses of Amsterdam to the seamy underworld beneath.
Thus far Tchéky Karyo is the only confirmed cast member for the spin-off. “Julien Baptiste is very dear to me, so I’m really excited to be following his journey to the streets of Amsterdam and seeing what dark secrets he unveils this time”, he said in a statement. No doubt he’ll continue to take great risks all in the name of justice.”
Brothers Harry and Jack Williams, who were the creative force behind The Missing, are penning the scripts for Baptiste, which is being produced by their indie Two Brothers Pictures. The brothers will also serve as executive producers alongside Christopher Aird for Two Brothers Pictures and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. John Griffin is the series producer. Filming is set to get underway later this year in Amsterdam and Belgium.
“Julien Baptiste – played by the exceptional Tchéky Karo – is one of the Williams brothers’ greatest creations and utterly deserving of his own show”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned Baptiste alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “This first series of Baptiste will allow us to discover more about Julien than ever before as he is parachuted into the centre of a shocking and wide-ranging crime story.”