Global broadcasters ink deals ahead of ‘Baptiste’ return

Broadcasters and platforms around the world have acquired the upcoming second season of British detective drama Baptiste, following deals with distributor All3Media International.

Ahead of its UK premiere on BBC1 later this year, the show has been picked up by Masterpiece in North America, Tohokushinsha in Japan, Sky in New Zealand, French Dom Tom, BBC Studios ANZ for Australia, BBC Studios Asia for the BBC First SVOD service and Starz for German-speaking Europe, Italian speaking Europe and Latin America.

Hot on the heels of other recent European deals, the series has now been sold to more than 180 territories in total.

Produced by London-based Two Brothers Pictures (Fleabag, Liar) for UK pubcaster BBC1, the series was written and created by Harry Williams and Jack Williams, and a spin-off of their previous show The Missing, made in association with All3Media International.

The upcoming second season will see Tchéky Karyo reprise his role as retired detective Julien Baptiste for a new case set in Budapest. Forced to navigate a police force he doesn’t trust and unrelenting media who are hungry for information, Baptiste struggles to remain rational in the face of such chaos and the hunt for a missing family.

“It is fantastic to see so many broadcasters continuing their commitment to Baptiste as we await delivery of the much-anticipated second season,” commented Maartje Horchner, EVP of content at All3Media International.

“Since his debut as the insightful but stubborn investigator Julien Baptiste in Two Brothers Pictures’ The Missing, Tchéky Karyo has created an iconic, complex character who has enthralled audiences around the world.”

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