EN - Clan draws you into the lives of the Goethals sisters: tied together by the premature death of their parents, they’ve clung to each other like a real clan. But ever since their fifth sister’s marriage, the bond has frayed. Together, the four of them plot the murder of their brother-in-law, Jean-Claude, a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. Clever and quick-witted, the sisters devise a whole host of ingenious schemes. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story...
NL - Vier zussen beramen een moordcomplot. Zonder medeweten van hun vijfde zus Goedele, zoeken ze uit hoe ze hun onuitstaanbare schoonbroer Jean-Claude kunnen vermoorden. Eva, Veerle, Birgit en Rebekka Goethals hebben elk zo hun eigen reden om hem van kant te maken. Maar bovenal willen ze hun vervreemde zus Goedele, die met Jean- Claude getrouwd is, een dienst bewijzen en de Goethals-Clan weer samen brengen.
FR - Quatre soeurs complotent un meurtre. A l’insu de leur cinquième soeur Goedele, elles cherchent un moyen de tuer Jean-Claude, leur beau-frère insupportable. Eva, Veerle, Birgit et Rebekka Goethals ont chacune une bonne raison pour le liquider. Mais ce qu’elles veulent par-dessus tout, c’est rendre service à leur soeur Goedele dont le mariage avec Jean-Claude l’a éloignée de la famille, et réunir à nouveau le clan Goethals.
|World première / first public presentation||2012-09-03|
|Cast||Dirk Roofthooft, Barbara Sarafian, Inge Paulussen, Maaike Neuville, Ruth Becquart, Kristin Van Pellicom, Geert Van Rampelberg, Stefaan Degand, Robbie Cleiren|
|Costume||Kristin Van Passel, Charlotte Willems|
|Music||Wiegel Meirmans Snitker / REC Sound|
|Running time series||10 x 50'|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) a.o.|
A&E is preparing an American remake of Belgian hit series Clan, a dark comedy in which the Murphy sisters come up with various schemes to kill their unbearable brother-in-law. Steve Blackman (Private Practive, Bones) will write and executive produce.
Clan is all about the Goethals sisters who are to become the Murphy sisters in the American remake. Tied together by the premature death of their parents, they’ve clung to each other like a real clan. But ever since their fifth sister’s marriage the bond has frayed.
In Paris, the fourth edition of the Séries Mania Festival (22-28 April) has taken off showcasing three television series from Flanders. Deadline 14/10 has been selected for the fest’s public programme, alongside BBC-HBO’s co-production with Flanders,Parade’s End. The series Clan, Quiz Me Quick and – again – Deadline 14/10 were added to the professional programme of Séries Mania.
The story of the new hit TV series Clan centres on the five Goethals sisters, one of whom has married the detestable Jean-Claude Delcorps. The other four decide that it would be better for all concerned if their brother-in-law were dead. In the first episode we see him lying in a coffin, so it seems they get their wish, but this still leaves a lot of unanswered questions. ‘It’s a mystery,’ explains Malin-Sarah Gozin, the show’s creator. ‘Clan starts out as why-and-how-did-it-happen, rather than a whodunit.
Text Ian Mundell | Portrait Bart Dewaele
All of us have murderous thoughts from time to time, but FIPA selected Clan takes them one step further. 'Everybody thinks: “oh, I could kill that person!”,' explains Nathalie Basteyns, co-director of the series. 'And what they think, we show!' The series was born from one of those idle thoughts that just won't go away.
The Flemish fiction TV series Clan and Salamander are selected for the prestigious International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA 22 – 27 January) in Biarritz, France. Parade’s End, a Flemish coproduction with BBC and HBO, and the interactive TV series The Spiral are also selected for competition.
Both Clan and Parade’s End will screen in official competition at the fest. Both TV series are in the running for no less than six FIPA d’Or awards. In Clan, the four sisters Goethals plot the murder of their brother-in-law, Jean-Claude. He is the husband of their fifth sister and a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story...
The premiere episodes of new Flemish TV series Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral together gathered an impressive total of 2.3 million viewers in Flanders. Never before have local broadcasters committed this strongly to original indigenous quality fiction. The increase in domestic TV production is a result of the new Media fund which also supported upcoming TV series such as Quiz Me Quick, Salamander and HBO/BBC’s Parade’s End.
Sunday evening 9 September saw a historic first for television in Flanders. No fewer than three original quality fiction series were counter-programmed by leading channels één and vtm: Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral. Preliminary results indicate that the three TV series attracted a total of 2,274,000 viewers. Combined with delayed viewing and a number of repeat airings, the final total number is estimated to pass 3 million viewers or half of the population of the Flanders region.
Last edited on 4 July 2014