Baptiste - The Missing Spin off

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    Cant wait, love the actor!



    Meet the cast of Baptiste on BBC1
    Who’s who in The Missing spin-off starring Tchéky Karyo

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    By Ellie Harrison

    Friday, 15th February 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Julien Baptiste won over viewers with his sensitivity and dogged determination as the French detective at the centre of two series of The Missing – and now he’s back to lead his very own spin-off show, Baptiste.


    Tchéky Karyo is returning to play the sleuth, and his latest case is that of a missing sex worker in Amsterdam, but who else is joining him in the cast? And will any other characters from The Missing appear in the spin-off?

    From Tom Hollander to Jessica Raine, meet the full cast of Baptiste below…




    Tchéky Karyo as Julien Baptiste
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    Who is Julien Baptiste? The French detective who led the investigations in The Missing series one and two is now staying in Amsterdam with his wife at his daughter’s home. Having recovered from an operation to remove his brain tumour, he is asked to work on the case of a missing sex worker in the Dutch capital.

    “Everyone has this affection for the character,” said Karyo. “And [the writers] kept saying that he has a lot of skeletons in the closet, a lot of things to be fixed still, so they decided to dress up the skeletons and go for some new cases to work on.”

    What else has Tchéky Karyo starred in? The French actor became famous in the UK for his role in both series of The Missing, but he was well established in France before that, having starred in the 1988 French movie L’Ours (The Bear) and Luc Besson’s Nikita. His Hollywood career includes appearances in Bad Boys and The Patriot.

    Tom Hollander as Edward Stratton
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    Who is Edward Stratton? Edward is a very troubled man who enlists Baptiste’s help in his desperate search for his niece Natalie, a sex worker who goes missing in Amsterdam. As Baptiste spends more time with Edward, he begins to realise he might not be everything he purports to be.

    “I’ve never been offered a part like this,” said Hollander. “Jack and Harry [Williams] are very brilliant writers. Nobody’s asked me to do a part which is completely devoid of humour and also I liked the running, chasing, hiding aspect [of Edward’s role].”

    What else has Tom Hollander starred in? The Bafta-winning actor has had an acclaimed career on screen, with TV credits including The Night Manager, Taboo, Rev. and Any Human Heart. He has also starred in the movies Pride & Prejudice, Bird Box, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Private War, Pirates of the Caribbean and About Time, to name a few.

    Jessica Raine as Genevieve
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    Who is Genevieve? Genevieve is a British liaison officer working for Europol in The Hague. When she sees an arrest warrant go out for the member of a Romanian gang she is tracking, she gets on the next train to Amsterdam and becomes very involved in the case to find Natalie.

    What else has Jessica Raine starred in? Raine first came to mainstream attention playing lead character Jenny Lee in the first three series of Call the Midwife. Since leaving the BBC shows, she’s had roles in TV series Informer, Patrick Melrose, The Last Post, Jericho, Fortitude, Wolf Hall and Line of Duty. You might have also seen her in the films Robin Hood and The Woman in Black.

    Anastasia Hille as Celia
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    Who is Celia? She is Baptiste’s loving wife, who we first met in The Missing, and who is staying with him in Amsterdam. They have been through thick and thin together but when Baptiste’s latest case brings danger not only to himself but to his family, their relationship comes under strain.

    What else has Anastasia Hille starred in? Apart from The Missing, Hille has also appeared in the TV series Wanderlust, Humans, Not Safe for Work and The Tunnel, to name a few. She has also appeared in the films Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Snow White and the Huntsman.

    Alec Secareanu as Constantin
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    Who is Constantin? A psychopathic gangster and ruthless killer working for the Serbilu brothers, a powerful and deadly Romanian sex trafficking gang.

    What else has Alec Secareanu starred in? You might have seen Romanian actor Secareanu in the BBC2 drama Doing Money, or in the 2017 film God’s Own Country.

    Talisa Garcia as Kim Vogel
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    Who is Kim Vogel? Kim runs an Amsterdam cafe alongside an organisation helping women working in the city’s sex industry take control of their lives and rent their own windows. She knew Natalie and helps Edward and Baptiste in their search for her. She also has a very secret past she is trying to keep from a suspicious Baptiste.

    What else has Talisa Garcia starred in? Garcia has had small roles in Doctors and Silent Witness.

    Trystan Gravelle as Greg
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    Who is Greg? Kim’s boyfriend, who is trying to convince her to marry him. He is clearly in the dark about her past.

    What else has Trystan Gravelle starred in? He is known for starring as Victor Colleano in Mr Selfridge, as well as Fabien in The Aliens, Henry Collins in The Terror and Baldwin Montclair in A Discovery of Witches. He has also appeared in Beast and National Treasure.

    Barbara Sarafian as Martha Horchner
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    Who is Martha Horchner? Martha is one of the most senior police officers in Amsterdam and an ex-girlfriend of Baptiste, who she enrols to help find Natalie. Widowed and with a son who is recovering from cancer, Martha has become alcohol dependent to get through her day.

    What else has Barbara Sarafian starred in? Belgian actress Sarafian is best known for her appearances in the Belgian film Brasserie Romantiek and the German movie Marieke, Marieke.

    Nicholas Woodeson as Peter
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    Who is Peter? Peter is a man who lives by the seaside in Britain and has a dangerous confrontation with Constantin.

    What else has Nicholas Woodeson starred in? Woodeson is best known for his TV appearances in Will, Taboo, and The Living and the Dead. He has also starred in the James Bond movie Skyfall as Doctor Hall and in 1998’s The Avengers as Dr Darling.

    Gijs de Lange as Herman
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    Who is Herman? A tulip farmer who keeps finding mysterious objects in his fields.

    What else has Gijs de Lange starred in? The Dutch actor has had numerous recurring roles in productions in the Netherlands, including La Famiglia and Toren C. This is his first role in a British drama.

    Clare Calbraith as Claire
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    Who is Claire? She is a woman Edward used to be close to, but until Natalie goes missing they hadn’t spoken for two years.

    What else has Clare Calbraith starred in? You might recognise Calbraith from her role as a policewoman in Requiem, or from Broken, Little Boy Blue, Home Fires or Vera. She also played housemaid Jane Moorsum in Downton Abbey.

    Anna Próchniak as Natalie Rose
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    Who is Natalie Rose? Natalie is the missing sex worker who Baptiste and Edward are looking for.

    What else has Anna Próchniak starred in? Baptiste is Polish actress Próchniak’s first role in a British series. In Poland, she is known for her appearances in the series Belle Epoque and Bodo.

    Freya Kingsley as Cristina
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    Who is Cristina? A girl who is in danger and being held captive by some dangerous people.

    What else has Freya Kingsley starred in? Baptiste is Kingsley’s first ever on-screen role.

    Zachary Baharov as Nicolai
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    Who is Nicolai? A criminal associate of Constantin who works under his instruction.

    What else has Zachary Baharov starred in? Baharov played Loboda, an elder of the Thenn, in Game of Thrones. He also played a commander in the Matt Damon movie The Monuments Men.

    Camille Schotte as Sara
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    Who is Sara? She is Julien and Celia’s daughter, who also lives in Amsterdam and has a small baby.

    What else has Camille Schotte starred in? The Missing and Baptiste are the only British dramas that Schotte has appeared in. Before that, she had two small roles in French language productions.


    Baptiste begins on Sunday 17th February at 9pm on BBC1



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    https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/baptiste/63130/baptiste-episode-1-review-not-the-man-he-used-to-be

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    We last saw Julien Baptiste going under anaesthetic on the surgeon’s table. Judging by episode one of this The Missing spin-off, he never fully woke up. Baptiste has always been among the whisperer-poet class of TV detectives, but in this new crime mystery, he comes across as less Zen genius, more exhausted owl.

    The lack of energy could be down to the repetitive script, which has Tcheky Karyo repeat so many variations of “I’m not the man I used to be” to so many people that it begins to sound like a coded message he’s using to try to reach a secret agent. (“I’m not the man I used to be.”/ ‘The eagles have nested in the north.’) Perhaps the emphasis is a poor-taste joke foreshadowing one of the episode’s twists: glamorous female café owner Kim having transitioned from her former identity as vicious male gang-leader Dragomir. Kim, played by Talisa Garcia, is also not the man she once was.


    Kim’s gender transition coincided with an ethical tidy-up in which she became an ally to, rather than an exploiter of, sex workers. Now, she’s in hiding from the police and making amends. Natalie Rose, the missing girl Baptiste has been dragged in to find—according to her uncle, an orphan who left his care and fell into a life of drugs and sex work—is holed up in a houseboat under Kim’s protection.

    In a twist easier to see coming than the Rotterdam ferry, Natalie’s uncle, played by Tom Hollander, isn’t her uncle. He’s a right wrong'un who keeps human heads in his London basement.

    Specifically, the human head of a Kentish beachcomber, whose murder is presented in the episode’s opening moments with the kind of glib violence that aims for Tarantino irony but lands on simple nastiness. Returning from the beach with a rare seashell, the victim greets a tall stranger at his door. ‘Hello,’ says the tall stranger. ‘I’m here to read your meter, suffocate you to death and then cut you up with a chainsaw.’

    So he does. Designed to shock, the opening scene’s sole tension came from what that chainsaw would do to the soft furnishings. (That little plastic for that wide a splatter zone? Is this his first beheading?)

    Exactly how the basement head, the fake uncle, the tall stranger, Kim the café owner, Natalie Rose, her abducted and sex-trafficked younger sister, a tulip farmer and a German shepherd named Caspar all tie together is for the next five episodes to tell us.

    The question is: can you be arsed to find out? In the saturated crime drama market, Baptiste feels disappointingly retro. Its barely conscious lead has been saddled with soporific dialogue. “Human feeling is a mystery” he pronounces. It’s a good job something is, because episode one’s twists felt thuddingly predictable.

    The Amsterdam setting felt like an excuse for the drama to press its nose up against the windows of the Red Light District (telly rarely visits the city’s zoo, does it? Or its many distinguished museums), while the inclusion of a trans brothel (the second to feature in The Missing universe) felt salacious rather than inclusive. Romanian people-traffickers, the abuse of abducted underage girls, the sex industry-as-titillating-backdrop… Baptiste is shuffling over old crime drama ground.

    There is one good reason to watch: a suspicion that in future weeks, Tom Hollander may just do a vividly wall-crawling job of playing an utter, utter bastard. Aside from the hope of that - vitality, real-feeling characterisation, twists capable of surprise… so far, that’s the missing here.
     
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    Baptiste episode 2 review: plenty of plot but short on character
    The Missing spin-off unfurls a busy story designed to keep us guessing, but still lacks energy or characterisation…
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    “I wish I didn’t have this feeling. A feeling that everything isn’t quite as it seems,” says Julien Baptiste. There’s a name for that feeling, Jules, it’s called ‘episode two of six’. If everything were as it seems, we could all just pack up and go home now. We can’t, because this thing’s been machine-engineered to keep us guessing for another four weeks.

    It takes a great deal of additional storyline—the Polystyrene Wotsit packing material of a crime thriller—to fill six hours of screen-time with the required quota of twists and revelations. That’s why episode two was stuffing it in by the handful: Niels’ post-cancer testicle prosthesis, little hospital boy, Tulip Farmer and the bag of money... plenty to keep viewers diverted while we ponder Baptiste’s central question: who is the enigmatic Edward Stratton?

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    Enigma's the word for it; Stratton is impossible to pin down. He’s either an unhinged psychopath, a grieving father, a resentful underdog, a masterfully concealed criminal, an obsessive creep or some combination thereof. So far, he’s less a character for Tom Hollander to play than a Sudoku for Julien Baptiste to solve. (And really, how engaging is it to watch somebody solve a Sudoku?)

    Like ours, Hollander's grasp on his character so far feels tenuous. He's doing what he can to deliver floatily unhinged dialogue like “she’s upside down and turned around” or the Billy Lomax mouse incident without looking embarrassed, but the actor's dined on finer fare than this.

    Karyo too, is still struggling to make much impact as a lead. His character's meditative approach doesn't make for gripping TV here. If Stratton, another obsessive with an addict daughter, has been designed as Baptiste's villainous counterpart (working towards a ‘we’re not so different, you and I’ moment in future) then both creations lack substance. If they're supposed to be mirrors of each other, neither has a great deal to reflect.

    Is Stratton actually a villain? Hollander's playing him as more desperate than dangerous, which may provide some clue as to the 'real story' here. The ex-wife seems to be key to that. If Stratton were really the baddie that his mouse-slicing anecdote suggests, she’s unlikely to have taken his call or calmly answered Baptiste’s questions (exes are always the first to shout 'psycho'). Her continuing sympathy suggests that his involvement with the trafficking gang, and the human head in his basement may be part of a plan. Could he be out for revenge on the people he holds responsible for daughter Lucy’s addiction and death? Or - and stranger things have happened at (the BB)C - might Lucy not even be dead, but trafficked, and this is all part of an attempt to find her?

    Definitely dead because we saw it happen in not-quite-slow-motion-though-it-felt-like-it is Natalie Rose. She was dredged out of the canal after a very unlucky mishap, taking the truth about Edward Stratton with her. What’s her relationship to the Tulip Farmer who unearthed that bag of loot, or to the little boy he abducts from hospital? More polystyrene Wotsits to chew on, there.

    Another Wotsit is how the decapitated beachcomber corpse links back to Stratton, other than by dint of its head being on a shelf in his basement (Antwerp, not London as I wrongly assumed last episode). Baptiste’s UK contact has clearly made a connection, but we’re still in the dark. As will Celia Baptiste be, permanently, if the gas meter reader she's just buzzed in pulls the decapitation trick twice.

    Wotsit. Cliff-hanger. Wotsit. Wotsit. Revelation. Cliff-hanger. You can't fault the design of Baptiste; it's a professional piece that hits the right notes - they just ring hollow.
     
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    Baptiste episode 3 review: more twists than a helter-skelter
    At the halfway point, Baptiste’s investigation leads him to make an unexpected discovery. Spoilers ahead in our review…
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    No, Edward Stratton isn’t a supervillain. He’s just a man who helped the sex worker he was platonically visiting because she reminded him of his dead daughter to steal a million euros from a Romanian people trafficking gang with which to buy back her fifteen-year-old sister, and whose father was beheaded when he couldn’t return the million euros because his accomplice in the robbery had gone into hiding where she drowned accidentally while trying to evade capture, having buried the cash on her son’s father’s father’s tulip farm with instructions to use it to raise her boy should anything befall her (though it’s already been nicked). Answers! Episode three provided those generously.

    That wasn’t all it provided. There was also a brand new character in Europol’s Genevieve Taylor (Jessica Raine) and un twist énorme for Julien, who discovered that young Niels Horchner is his son. It was quite the move to pull in an episode already packed with action and revelation, not unlike delicately placing a cherry on the crest of an ice-cream sundae, and then whacking an entire Sara Lee double chocolate gateau on top of that. You like twists? Baptiste is handing them out two-for-one.

    Before the secret son excitement, episode three was a gloomy one. Discovering the not-a-villain truth about Edward flicked our sympathy switches from ‘off’ to ‘on’, and boy, there’s a lot to feel sorry for him about. He’s lost his daughter, his marriage and his father (until this week, there was every chance that the decapitated beachcomber was actually a people-trafficking bastard, but knowing that he was simply another casualty of the Brigada is, to use a technical term, a total bummer). Edward also risks losing his ex-wife if that money isn’t found soon.

    Edward and Julien were back on their episode one Sherlock and Watson footing this week, and shared some nicely understated dialogue. “It’s pathetic, isn’t it?” said Edward about his morbid fixation on Natalie, “No, it’s human,” Baptiste replied. “Same thing,” shrugged Edward.

    ‘Cherchez la cash’ has replaced ‘cherchez la femme’ as Baptiste’s mission. New arrival Genevieve’s Europol mission is to cherchez the Brigada, introducing a familiar complicating element for Julien, who has always run his own investigations separate from the establishment. Will Genevieve prove a help or a hindrance to Julien?

    Jessica Raine’s character brought her own mystery in the story of Lucas, a young paralysed man for whose situation she feels responsible. Is he relative, former lover or colleague? And did the Brigada play a role in his current condition? Her monologue about cut grass screaming in pain was another quietly bleak scene.

    The only thing that helped to distract from the bleakness of Edward’s desperate tale was a rising sense of ‘oh, come on, really?’ at the flashbacks’ insistence on Natalie Rose’s lack of clothing. Actor Anna Prochniak was paraded gratuitously in front of the camera in her underwear multiple times while Natalie and Edward hatched their theft plot. She’s a sex worker, but those weren’t sex scenes, so in a drama ostensibly about the sexual exploitation of children and young women, how about a dressing gown for the dead girl?
     
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    I am enjoying it but i have had to rewatch the epiosdes as im sure im always missing something that is important

    Tom hollander is great as is Tchéky Karyo but his "limp" varies from scene to scene lol
     

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