Dan Sefton is proving to be one of the most prolific British TV writers of recent memory. The scribe – who has The Good Karma Hospital at ITV, Porters at UKTV’s Dave channel, Trust Me at BBC One, and Delicious at Sky One – has set a new project with the BBC.
The Mallorca Files, about a British and German detective clashing over their very different approaches to policing the island, has been green-lit at the Beeb for BBC One’s daytime schedule. The show’s ten episode first season will be made available in its entirety on the BBC iPlayer on the same day the first episode premieres on BBC One.
The Mallorca Files is set amongst the expat community on the eponymous Spanish island. While self-confessed introverted Brit Miranda Blake takes her career (as well as everything else in life) seriously, German Max Wolf is a classic extrovert and unashamedly unconventional. The combination of these two characters and the sun-drenched setting sets the stage for humour as well as thrills, as the duo do battle to solve each new crime. The series is set up as a co-production between Cosmopolitan Pictures and Clerkenwell Films. The cast has not yet been set. Production gets underway in November. Se
“I’m delighted to be working with Dan Sefton, Clerkenwell Films and Cosmopolitan Pictures on an enjoyable and action-packed series following two very different police officers thrown together in a Mallorcan melting-pot”, said Dan McGolpin, Controller of BBC Programming and Daytime. “Viewers on BBC One Daytime and BBC iPlayer are in for a treat.” The Mallorca Files is the third piece of BBC One’s daytime slate for 2019 to fall into place, after McGolpin previously recommissioned both Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators.
Showrunner Dan Sefton added: “With influences from Almodovar to Coen Brothers, The Mallorca Files brings a fresh new spin to the story of two supposedly mismatched cops forced into an uneasy partnership. Set in the picture-perfect Balearic Island of Mallorca, action-packed, quirky and full of memorable characters, wit, and spectacle, this show is the perfect antidote to the British weather. Created by a team of talented writers including Rachael New, Alex McBride, Sarah Louise Hawkins and Dan Muirden, it has fun with a classic TV genre.”