Flemish television series Missing Persons Unit and Red Sonja have been nominated for this year’s competition at the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival (10-14 June, Monaco). VRT documentary A Greater Act of Love is also chosen as a nominee, making all three productions likely candidates for one or more prestigious Golden Nymph statuettes.

Sultan Sushi's Red SonjaEyeworks’ successful drama series Missing Persons Unit, with a fourth season already in production, faces 29 contenders in the category Drama TV Series. Among them are such international high-flyers as The Bridge (Sweden), Boardwalk Empire (USA), Midsomer Murders (UK) and Game of Thrones (USA).

The series’ producer, Phillippe De Schepper, is in the running for two Golden Nymphs (Outstanding European Producer as well as Outstanding International Producer), while the performances of the cast didn’t go unnoticed either. Actresses Joke Devynck and Marianne Devriese and their male colleagues Axel Daeseleire and Kevin Janssens are nominated as Outstanding Actress or Actor. No newcomer to the scene, Missing Persons Unit made it to the official Monte Carlo competition for the second consecutive year.

Eight-part TV series Red Sonja is joining the Monaco line-up too and will be competing in the Comedy TV Series section. Other nominees include US titles 30 Rock, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. Produced by Johan Tuyaerts, Jan Keersmaekers and Els Chapelle for production company Sultan Sushi, the fiction series received support through the VAF/Media Fund and stars Sien Eggers, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Luc Van Duyse and Wim Willaert. All are nominated for a Golden Nymph.

VRT documentary A Greater Act of Love is selected for the category Best News Documentary. The doc tackles the emotive subject of abortion when it is discovered that the unborn child is or will be disabled.

Television series from Flanders are steadily working their way up the international ladder following some remarkable successes. Shelter’s highly acclaimed candid camera format Benidorm Bastards won both an International Emmy and Golden Rose last year and received an American remake. More recently, Jan Eelens’ The Tour was selected for the Paris-based Séries Mania Festival.

Published on Friday 6 April 2012