It’s still a few days until the annual MIPCOM entertainment market kicks off in Cannes, France, but content deals are already being made. One such is Channel 4’s acquisition of the French crime drama, Witnesses.
Co-produced by Cinétévé and Pictanovo for France 2 and directed by showrunner Hadmar, Witnesses stars Thierry Lhermitte (Doc Martin, The Closet), Marie Dompnier (Diplomatie), and Laurent Lucas (With a Friend Like Harry).
Set in Northern France, Witnesses centers on a bizarre case involving grave-robbing and the placement of corpses in model homes. In each instance, the bodies of three people with no apparent ties to each other — a man, woman, and teenager — are arranged as a “model family” amongst immaculate furnishings and family photos. But why?
Then Sandra Winckler (Dompnier), the young detective leading the investigation, finds a photo of Paul Maisonneuve (Lhermitte), a legend of the Lille police force. How and why is he involved?
Channel 4 has not yet set a 2015 launch date for Witnesses in the UK, nor is there word yet of a US programmer picking up the program, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: Netflix has picked up Witnesses for the US. Read more about it here.