Daniel Auteuil takes first TV role in French ‘false rape’ drama

French actor Daniel Auteuil is one of his country’s best-known and award-laden film actors. But he’s never appeared in a TV drama, until now. He’s set to star in France Televisions’ Le Mensonge (The Lie). Auteuil will play Christian Lacono, former mayor of French town Vence, who was accused of rape and sexual assault by…

Series eight of Spiral begins filming, adds cast member

We’re waiting in anticipation for series seven of Spiral to hit our screens in the UK, but news reaches us that series eight has already begun filming. Star Caroline Proust told Figaro magazine recently, “I want to stop because I want to do something else. I’m tired of being a police officer because I’m confined to…

Walter Presents acquires two new French thrillers

Crimson Wedding and Mother is Wrong have been acquired by Walter Presents for transmission in the UK, US, Italy and Australia. Produced by Scarlett Productions, Crimson Wedding is described as a gripping thriller starring Alexia Barlier, Cristiana Réali and Lannick Gautry. Created by Bruno Dega and Jeanne Le Guillou the series is centred around a…

Channel 4 announces transmission date for Killer By The Lake

The follow up to last year’s Channel 4/All4/Walter Presents-branded French thriller, Vanished by the Lake,  Killer By The Lake (Le Tueur Du Lac) revisits troubled detective Lise (Jeanne Le Guillou) who has started a new life with her husband and baby, but this happy, rural idyll is suddenly shattered with the discovery of two dead women. Three years after…

A Prophet set for TV remake

The film, A Prophet, won a slew of awards when it was released in 2009, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Now we hear it’s being developed into a TV series. A Prophet, based on the book by Jacques Audiard, tells the story of Malik El Djebena, a delinquent young Muslim man, who…

Johana Gustawsson’s Roy and Castells series optioned for television

And the news just keeps on coming. French-born author Johana Gustawsson’s Roy and Castells series has been sold to Banijay Studios France and award-winning French actress Alexandra Lamy for a television adaptation. Lamy will adapt it for the screen and play the main character, Emily Roy. The series is a co-production between Sweden, the UK…

Marie Dompnier to star in new French thriller, Suspicions

We’re all over French crime drama and thrillers these days (thanks to the likes of Spiral and Witnesses), and we’re hearing that the France 3 channel has greenlit a new thriller set to start filming right about now starring none other than the excellent star of Witnesses, Marie Dompnier. Le Blog (via The Medium Not…

Spiral featurette hints at series seven storylines

Earlier this year, we brought you news that series seven of Spiral had begun filming in Paris. This seventh series is to be the show’s last, and now information and images are starting to be drip-fed out into the ether. This is what we know so far: While the group of Laure Berthaud has shattered,…

New French crime drama Les Ombres Rouge begins filming

French crime drama is, as we now know, worth keeping an eye on. Spiral, Witnesses and the recent acquisition by Netflix of La Forêt mean that the country really is doing good work in the genre. Now we hear (via The Medium Is Not Enough and Le Blog) that a new six-part crime series is on…