Babtiste BBC One The Missing Spinoff

Baptiste: filming halts on season 2

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BBC One renewed The Missing spinoff for a second run back in January…

There will eventually be a second series of Baptiste on BBC One. Six more episodes of The Missing spinoff are still in the works, with Harry and Jack Williams’ series continuing to play out the further cases of Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo), but filming is currently on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, Two Brothers Pictures, the producers of Baptiste, have suspended filming in consultation with and supported by the BBC,” a statement read. “We will continue to review all productions on a case-by-case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England.”

Here’s a synopsis for series two, which will also star Fiona Shaw:

“In season two, Julien Baptiste is not the man we knew before. After enduring a horrific personal tragedy, Julien has pushed his wife Celia away and is looking for any distraction – whether that be the bottom of a bottle or a new case – to consume him. When British Ambassador Emma Chambers’ (Fiona Shaw) whole family disappears whilst on a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains, Baptiste immerses himself into Emma’s world, committed to finding her husband and two sons.

“However, when the case turns into something far more brutal and desperate, Julien must navigate a Hungarian police force he doesn’t trust and unrelenting media interest who are hungry for information on such a high-profile international case. Julien must remain rational in the face of chaos in order to find Emma’s family. Will he be able to solve his most complex case yet?”

“We are thrilled to be continuing Julien Baptiste’s story. Even more ambitious than ever, this year’s story pays homage to its roots in The Missing by unfolding across two distinct periods of time, and we can guarantee even more surprises and twists,” said Harry and Jack Williams. “It’s a privilege to work once more with the mesmerising Tchéky Karyo who has created an iconic character. And this year he’ll be joined by Fiona Shaw, an incredible actress who we’ve wanted to work with for some time. We can’t wait to see the two of them together.”