Maria Fernández-Ache (Holby City), Nacho Aldeguer (Borgia), Denis Schmidt (Dark) and Tabata Cerezo (The Night Manager) have joined the cast of BBC One’s daytime series The Mallorca Files, which hails from The Good Karma Hospital creator Dan Sefton. They will star opposite the previously cast series leads Elen Rhys (Broadchurch) Julian Looman (Cop Stories).
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.
Maria Fernández-Ache has been cast as Ines Villegas, the Palma Police Chief, who reluctantly oversees the Anglo-German partnership of Miranda and Max; Nacho Aldeguer as Federico Ramis, Palma Police pathologist who supports the detective with forensic details on each case; Denis Schmidt as Christian, Max’s best friend (and long-term bad influence) from Germany; and Tabata Cerezo as Carmen Lorenzo, Max’s clever, free-spirited girlfriend. Rounding out the cast is Tanya Moodie (Sherlock) in the recurring role of Abbey Parker, Miranda’s London boss for whom – when it comes to Miranda – out of sight means out of mind.
The drama 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. Filming is now underway ahead of a 2019 premiere.
Guest stars lined up for The Mallorca Files include: Amy Beth Hayes (The Syndicate), Aidan McArdle (Sense8), Jan Cornet (El Barco), Olga Hueso (Hazlo Por Mi), Nur Levi (Hablar) and Pablo Scola (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). “Cosmopolitan Pictures and Clerkenwell Films have secured a hugely talented and very exciting cast from across Europe for The Mallorca Files”, said Dan McGolpin, Controller of BBC Programming and Daytime. “I’m looking forward to seeing more as filming continues and I can’t wait for the series to arrive on BBC One Daytime and BBC iPlayer next year.”
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.”