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Belgian director Jan Matthys will direct the first three episodes of the second season of Our Girl, a BBC1 drama series about a female medic on an African mission. Last year, Matthys worked on the third season of crime series Shetland, shooting episodes four, five and six.
The second series of Our Girl has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC One Controller, and Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, who was previously involved in producing series such as The White Queen, The Honourable Woman, The Missing and London Spy.
Comedy drama series The Natives has been selected for Episodic/Epidemic, a new section at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR, 27 January – 7 February) which explores the interface between film and television.
The Cronenbergian title of the programme refers to the idea that TV series have become such a cultural and economic force that they spread like a virus. A follow-up to the Changing Channels programme at IFFR, this new section showcases series that feel like cinema, investigating how thin the line between film and television has become.
New Flemish crime series Coppers, released on Flanders’ commercial channel VTM, is off to a good start. The first episode, which aired on January 4, reached an average market share of 30%.
The 13-part crime series is based on the best selling detective novels by Toni Coppers and follows Liese Meerhout, head of the homicide division. In an ideal world, when a criminal commits a crime he is punished and his victim compensated. But in real life justice can be blind.
Amigo’s, a brand-new fiction series about five former inmates who start a restaurant, is part of this year’s Series Competition at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in France. The Panorama line-up also includes Rudi Vranckx’s current affairs reportage My Jihad.
The 10-episode miniseries Amigo’s tells the tragi-comic story of five former inmates who start a restaurant in a one-time brothel, planning to earn a living in an honourable way. However, they soon discover that doing the right thing isn’t always easy and are forced to face demons from their past.
Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop) will direct the pilot and second episode of Berlin Station, a modern-day espionage thriller starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Hannibal) and Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill). Produced by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content for EPIX, the series is expected to air next autumn.
Best-selling spy novelist Olen Steinhauer ('All the Old Knives', 'The Tourist') created Berlin Station, whose main character Daniel Miller has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin and has an undercover mission: to determine the identity of a now-famous whistle-blower masquerading as Thomas Shaw.
Belgian director Tim Mielants is directing the third season of gangster drama Peaky Blinders for BBC 2. The hit series stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and newcomer Paddy Considine. Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet (Borgman) will also make an appearance.
Tim Mielants is directing all six episodes of the series’ third season. An epic gangster drama created by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises), Peaky Blinders is set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham where gang leader Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight), is determined to move up in the world.
Belgian director Jakob Verbruggen is to direct the final two episodes of the fourth season of House of Cards. Verbruggen, whose credits include BBC series The Fall and London Spy along with episodes of the American remake of The Bridge, follows in the footsteps of David Fincher, Joel Schumacher, James Foley and Jodie Foster, each of whom directed one or more episodes of the hit Netflix series.
Based on a BBC miniseries from 1990, House of Cards is an American political drama starring Kevin Spacey as Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood, an ambitious and ruthless politician who – with the help of his wife Claire – fights his way up into the highest political echelons in Washington DC.
Flemish drama series The Divine Monster, based on a trilogy by author Tom Lanoye, is set for a possible American remake. Writer/producer Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty) has a script commitment for the project and will team up with Prison Break producer Brett Ratner to executive produce.
Miami-born Silvio Horta has a script commitment to rewrite the complex Flemish family drama series The Divine Monster. The American version features the wealthy Vega family from Miami, whose real estate empire is built upon decades of greed, corruption, general bad behaviour and an alarming number of suspicious deaths.
Flemish actor Wim Willaert has been nominated for his role in the series Home Grown, and the sixth season of Missing Persons Unit is also nominated for a Golden Panda at the 13th edition of the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu (China, 6-8 November). Both series were co-produced by Eyeworks Film & TV Drama. The Missing, a co-production with Czar TV for Flanders, was also nominated twice.
In the category of Best Actor in a TV Drama, Willaert is up against Guy Pearce (Jack Irish Dead Point) and James Nesbitt for his role in the Flanders co-produced The Missing which was also nominated for Best Photography.
Filming for Tabula Rasa, a psychological thriller starring The Broken Circle Breakdown actress Veerle Baetens – who also co-wrote the script – started on October 13. Baetens is joined by an all-star Flemish cast including Gene Bervoets, Jeroen Perceval, Hilde Van Mieghem, Natali Broods and Lynn Van Royen.
A psychological thriller, Tabula Rasa tells the story of a young woman with amnesia who is the sole key to solving a missing persons case. Baetens takes the lead as Mie, a woman locked up in a secure psychiatric hospital; she is visited by the police who are trying to solve the case, and has to reconstruct her lost memories and find her way back through the dark labyrinth of her recent past.