REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E6/6)

So it’s time to say goodbye to Julien Baptiste and in what at times has been a brutal series, we finally get to find out what happens to our favourite obsessive person finder. The big question was this: as he and Emma Chambers closed in on the plot – with her son Will at its…

REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E5/6)

Last week’s episode ended on another cliffhanger, with Emma Chambers’ missing son Will revealed to be not only alive but also in cahoots with the bad guys. Julien quickly called on Zsofia for help, and she recommended of a lock-up in the city centre in which Will could be held and Emma and Julien could…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S2 E4/6)

After taking a week off and camping in the wilds of Cornwall, I was eager to catch up with Baptiste, if only to find out what happened in the wake of surely one of the most brutal scenes ever committed to crime drama. Episode three’s climax saw a bloody, extended massacre scene in the Baross…

REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E3/6)

We’re at the half-way stage of this final series of Baptiste, and by the end of it my head was spinning after an incredibly savage massacre scene, big questions answered and a helluva twist. Before that, however, and you got the impression that it was a quieter episode with plenty of build-up. As it turned…

REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E2/6)

After last week’s intriguing and rather gripping first part of the story, I think it’s safe to say that Baptiste is well and truly back. Which is a good thing, because this second series really has the feel of series one of The Missing, where Julien Baptiste was first introduced and where we saw parent…

REVIEW Baptiste (S2 E1/6)

You could argue that Julien Baptiste is perhaps the forgotten man of British crime drama. Becoming a much-loved character in Harry and Jack Williams’ The Missing, he got his own spin-off series. But that was a disappointment, and The Missing first aired in 2014. We’re already two years on from the first series of Baptiste…

BBC confirms transmission date for Baptiste series two

Baptiste series two is on its way to BBC One, and it really is just around the corner. The channel has now confirmed its t ransmission date. Tchéky Karyo returns as the titular detective, and this time he’s in Hungary. Ambassador Emma Chambers (Fiona Shaw), is thrust into the crosshairs of Baptiste’s most complex case…

BBC releases first images from Baptiste series two

The BBC has released three first-look images from series two of Baptiste. The Missing spin-off, starring Tchéky Karyo, returns early in 2021. The titular detective will delve into Budapest’s corrupt underworld in an attempt to find a British Ambassador’s family, who goes missing on a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains. Ambassador Emma Chambers is…

BBC renews Baptiste for a second series

Tchéky Karyo will return as retired police investigator, Julien Baptiste, and will be joined by Fiona Shaw for a brand-new gripping case which will take viewers into Budapest’s secretive and corrupt underworld. Julien Baptiste is not the man we knew before. After enduring a horrific personal tragedy, Julien has pushed his wife Celia away and…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E6/6)

It’s been a long road to this final chapter of Baptiste – and it’s been a very bumpy journey along the way, beset with gigantic plot holes and paper-thin characters. How such a poorly constructed show could have been extrapolated from the brilliant elements that made The Missing such a hit is a mystery that…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E5/6)

If broadcast television is largely a game of numbers then there is a bit of a discrepancy on the books with regards to Baptiste, which debuted with nearly eight million expectant viewers and is now trailing out of its first season with half of that audience share depleted – a remarkably similar trajectory to Strangers,…

REVIEW: Baptiste (S1 E4/6)

It wouldn’t have been out of place to hear the familiar duff duff duff of the Eastenders closing theme tune at the end of last week’s episode, such was the level of melodrama on display – and it seemed it was met by the same level of incredulity from most viewers. Despite opening the season…