BBC One has found the two leads for The Mallorca Files. Elen Rhys (Broadchurch) Julian Looman (Cop Stories) have been tapped to to star in the ten part daytime drama series which hails from The Good Karma Hospital and Trust Me creator Dan Sefton.
The Mallorca Files is set amongst the expat community on the eponymous Spanish island. While self-confessed introverted Brit Miranda Blake (Elen Rhys) takes her career – as well as everything else in life – seriously, German Max Winter (Julian Looman) is a classic extrovert and unashamedly unconventional.Yet despite – or perhaps because of – their very different approaches, the sleuths form a perfect complementary partnership as they seek to solve a new crime on the island each week.
Casting is still underway for the remaining supporting roles, including: Palma Police Chief Inez Villegas – a woman who doesn’t suffer fools (gladly or otherwise), and who ensures the two foreign detectives are kept busy by handing them the cases her own team don’t want to touch. The series is set up as a co-production between Cosmopolitan Pictures and Clerkenwell Films. North American streaming service BritBox is co-producing. The executive producers are Ben Donald, Murray Ferguson and Dan Sefton. Production gets underway in November.
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 an exciting new drama series for BBC One daytime and iPlayer with a wonderful collection of talented people behind the camera and a fantastic cast who viewers are going to love”, said Dan McGolpin, Controller of BBC Programming and Daytime.
While series creator, executive producer and showrunner Dan Sefton added: “It’s always an exciting time when you watch your characters come alive. I am confident that having Elen and Julian on our screens together in the Mallorcan sunshine will brighten up living rooms all over the nation. In addition, we now have a great crew who I’m confident will transform the black and white of our scripts into technicolour reality in exciting and unexpected ways.”