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The fifth season of ‘Totally Serialized’, from Institut français, begins on 28th – 30th January and features a range of diverse, quality British and French productions. Fans and industry professionals will have the opportunity to experience a host of screenings and workshops to “promote and improve collaboration between the UK and France”.
Watch the festival trailer which showcases “the best of new productions from both sides of the Channel”.
Check out some of the French series highlights here:
Also known as Republican Gangsters (2016- ), this dark, political thriller comes to us from the writers Eric Benzekri and Jean-Baptiste Delafon, whose previous credits include the Parisian period drama Maison Close (2010- ). In this eight-part series, we follow French politician Philippe Rickwaert (Kad Merad) as he cultivates his campaign with a vengeful motivation. Rickwaert not only battles his parliamentary opponents but colludes with the criminal underworld as well.
A Very Secret Service
In this quirky action comedy of espionage, new recruit André Merlaux (Hugo Becker) enters into the French Secret Service. Set in the 1960s, France is considered to be the world’s best hope at stopping the threat of WWIII happening, due to the rising tension of the Cold War between the Superpowers. As Merlaux learns how to hone his spy skills, he discovers the job is far from easy and falling in love can be as dangerous and difficult as his missions.
Call My Agent!
In another, very different style of comedy, Call My Agent! focuses on the awkward humour and bringing celebrities and film stars to the smaller screen. Much like BBC’s Extras (2005-2007), this satire from behind-the-scenes of shooting a television series centres around a Parisian theatrical agency. Some of the guest stars include Line Renaud, Cécile de France, Nathalie Baye, Gilles Lellouche and, notably, President François Hollande’s girlfriend Julie Gayet.
French actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz (Amélie, 2001 and La Haine, 1995) stars as Malotru; a French intelligence officer who has been operating deep undercover in Syria for six years. However, when the DGSE (Directorate General of External Security) bring him back from the field to work in the department known as the Office of Legends (BDL), Malotru finds it difficult assimilating into normal life and reprising his own identity.
The second season of the French-English crime series, which re-imagines the Nordic Noir Swedish-Danish thriller The Bridge (2011- ), returns with a new investigation. The Tunnel season two: Debris, sees an airliner crash into the English Channel which reunites detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) to delve deeper into the mysterious accident, which is revealed to have a more sinister plot.