No foolin’. April brings thirteen new and returning Euro TV series and telefilms to the US (a few to the UK and Canada, too), plus four shows added to programming schedules.
To see the complete list of Euro TV shows available in the US and UK, see the Euro TV Shows by Language section. Viewers in the US can check the ongoing updates of titles released throughout each month on the Euro TV Viewing Guide page.
All programs listed below are shown in their original language with English subtitles.
Fary Is the New Black (France)
Armed with wit and his trademark style, French comedy phenom Fary veers from pickup lines to racism and beyond in a dynamic, anything-goes special.
Flemming: Season 1 (Germany)
Samuel Finzi (Tatort: Borowski, Blochin) stars in this crime drama series as Dr. Vincent Flemming, a police psychologist and criminologist who uses his skills in psychotherapy, interrogation psychology, and reading people — interpreting the nuances of their emotions and facial expressions — to track down murder suspects for the State Criminal Police Office in Berlin.
Inspector Ann Gittel (Claudia Michelsen, The Same Sky, Bukow and König) of the Homicide Department is Vincent’s colleague. And his ex-wife. And his neighbor.
In Season 1, Flemming, Gittel, and her team work on cases involving a child abduction, a double murder, the death of a teenager pursued by a policeman, the murder of a well-known singer, the suspicious death of a businessman, and the supposed suicide of an elderly man.
The cast features Oliver Bröcker (Babylon Berlin), Anna Thalbach (Inspector Rex), Felix Vörtler (Bukow and König), Hanns Zischler (Babylon Berlin), Rainer Sellien (The Valley), and Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey (X Company).
Accusé: Season 2 (Defendant) (France)
This anthology series is the French remake of the award-winning British drama Accused. In the new season opener, divorced mum Nathalie (Michèle Bernier, La stagiaire) is having an affair with Victor (Miglen Mirtchev, Kaboul Kitchen), the father of her son’s friend. But her romantic adventure hits a big snag during a building site inspection — when Victor realizes Nathalie is a gendarme and she learns he’s an illegal immigrant. Will she try to protect their relationship? If yes, how far will she go to do it?
The subsequent five episodes feature International Emmy® Award winner Thierry Frémont (Dans la tête du tueur), two-time Cannes Film Festival award winner Émilie Dequenne (The Missing), Grégory Fitoussi (Spiral), Thierry Godard (A French Village), and César Awards nominee Marilou Berry (Vilaine) in lead roles.
Accusé: Season 2 premieres in the US on Thursday, April 5, at 1:30 AM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
Money Heist, Part 2 (La casa de papel) (Spain)
One of my favorite new shows of 2017 returns to complete the story of what’s supposed to be the biggest heist in history, orchestrated by mysterious mastermind The Professor (Álvaro Morte, El secreto de Puente Viejo). In Part 1, his band of thieves infiltrated the National Currency and Stamp Factory building, home of the Royal Mint of Spain, took everyone inside hostage, and locked themselves in for the purpose of printing €2.4 billion in unregistered bills — a job that would take 11 nonstop days.
Things began to break down inside the building rather quickly, what with mistakes, personal agendas, and even gunfire — none of which was a part of the meticulous plan laid out by The Professor. He also hadn’t anticipated what would happen with Inspector Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituño, Lifeline). And by the close of Part 1, the situation looked to be finito. But how will it actually end?!?
Money Heist: Part 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally (outside of Spain) on Friday, April 6, exclusively on Netflix.
Anti-Mafia Squad: Season 2 (Squadra antimafia – Palermo oggi) (Italy)
The second season of this crime drama is set a year after the events in Season 1, and Deputy Chief Inspector Claudia Mares (Simona Cavallari, Corleone, The Octopus) has three new team members on her anti-mafia squad in Palermo: former undercover agent Sandro “Pietra” Pietrangeli (Giordano De Plano, The Homicide Squad), Milanese officer Luca Serino (Francesco Mandelli, I soliti idioti), and electronic surveillance expert Fiamma Rigosi (Alice Palazzi, Don Matteo).
The team has its sights set on the Abates and a meeting between leaders of mafia clans and a Colombian drug lord, one that could result in the creation a new world order for international drug trafficking. And Claudia has the surprise of her life when she discovers Ivan Di Meo (Claudio Gioè, La mafia uccide solo d’estate), the cop she loved, is actually still alive and apparently in cahoots with the Mafia. Meanwhile, circumstances elevate Rosy (Giulia Michelini, Crime Evidence) to the head of the Abate family, and she has her sights set on Claudia…
Joining the Season 2 cast are Peppino Mazzotta (Detective Montalbano, Mafia Undercover), Paolo Pierobon (1993), and Roberto Salemi (Miracolo a Palermo!).
The Chalet (Le chalet) (France)
Euro TV fans in the US probably already know about the various French anthology series based on works by Agatha Christie, including Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games, Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party, and The Little Murders of Agatha Christie, as well as the stories released under Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie.
Soon we’ll have the new serial drama The Chalet, which is a twist on And Then There Were None, considered by many to be Christie’s masterpiece.
This French mystery series ups the thriller factor on the novel and other filmed adaptations by increasing the number of characters from the original ten to nineteen. Thirteen of them are on their way to a remote chalet deep in the Hautes-Alpes in southeastern France for a summer getaway. But after a boulder comes crashing down and demolishes the bridge they just drove over, the would-be holiday makers and six locals of the small mountain village become trapped, isolated from the rest of the world.
Let the murders begin.
(No, there aren’t any English subtitles, but you should get the drift.)
The series features Chloé Lambert (Détectives), Philippe Dusseau (Origines), Emilie de Preissac (Spiral), Marc Ruchmann (Lucille in the Sky), Blanche Veisberg (Dead Beautiful), Eric Savin (Marseille), Maud Jurez (Section Zéro), Nicolas Gob (L’art du crime, see below), Mia Delmaë (Dead Beautiful), Manuel Blanc (Suite noire, aka Crimes of the City), Agnès Delachair (La fille publique), and Mathieu Simonet (The Passenger).
Based on the “Fantômas” novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain, this classic miniseries from 1980 stars Golden Globes® nominee Helmut Berger (The Damned, The Godfather: Part III) as the ruthless masked criminal known only as Fantômas — one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction. When he is sans masque, the person behind the Fantômas facade is a man with a thousand faces and as many aliases, as well as the nemesis of Inspecteur Juve of the Sûreté (the late two-time César Awards winner Jacques Dufilho, Un mauvais fils, Le Crabe-Tambour).
The first of four feature-length episodes (adapted from the first novel) finds Juve en route to Paris with the Marquise de Langrune, who is strangled on the train. Her nephew, journalist Jérôme Fandor (Pierre Malet, Mistral’s Daughter), né Charles Rambert, helps the detective with his inquiry while Juve concurrently investigates the assassination of British aristocrat Lord Beltham. Clues point Juve in the direction of a man called Gurn, the lover of the now-widowed Lady Beltham (Gayle Hunnicutt, Dallas).
Directed by Claude Chabrol (La cérémonie) and Jean Luis Buñuel (Expulsion of the Devil), who combine realism, fantasy, and early ‘80s camp in these feature-length episodes, Fantômas premieres in the US and Canada on Tuesday, April 17, exclusively on MHz Choice (as well as the MHz Choice channel on Amazon US).
On va s’aimer un peau, beaucoup…: Season 1 (We will love each other a little, a lot…) (France)
This legal comedy series stars Catherine Marchal (Elite Squad) and Ophélia Kolb (Call My Agent!) as Astrid and Audrey Lartigues, a mother-and-daughter team of family law attorneys at the Lartigues & Lorenzi law firm, co-founded by Astrid and Sofia Lorenzi (Charlotte Des Georges, No Second Chance).
In the first of eight episodes, Astrid asks Audrey to arrange mediation between the parents and grandparents of young Rose (Manon Matringe, Blood of the Vine), while Sofia deals with a divorcing husband and wife, each of whom wants custody of their dog. Meanwhile, Audrey discovers she’s pregnant and doesn’t know how to react. Her marriage to Paul (Lionel Erdogan, Spiral) has been good, but that was before she met the hot new prosecutor, Eric Leroy (Samir Boitard, Black Spot).
Featuring series regulars Clémentine Justine (Bright-Eyed Revenge) and Joseph Malerba (Braquo), On va s’aimer un peau, beaucoup… premieres in the US on Tuesday, April 17, at 11 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
The Adulterer: Season 1 (Overspel) (Netherlands)
This contemporary thriller finds photographer Iris van Erkel-Hoegaarde (Sylvia Hoeks, Blade Runner 2049, Berlin Station) in what should be a picture-perfect life with her public prosecutor husband and their six-year-old son. Then she meets Willem Steenhouwer (Fedja van Huêt, The Neighbors, Black Widow), a married lawyer and father of two. Wedding vows, schmedding vows, the overwhelming attraction between Iris and Willem compels them to embark on a passionate and steamy love affair.
As their relationship heats up, it also gets more complicated. Iris’s husband, Pepijn van Erkel (Ramsey Nasr, Süskind), is working to bring a case against Willem’s boss and father-in-law, real estate magnate Huub Couwenberg (Kees Prins, Jiskefet), and Willem’s wife, Elsie (Rifka Lodeizen, Fenix), wants her husband back. Soon the lives of Iris, Willem, and and those around them become entangled in lies, secrets, and revenge.
The series features Guido Pollemans (Force), Jeffrey Hamilton (Goede tijden, slechte tijden), Sigrid ten Napel (Black Widow), and Redmar Siegertsz (Malaika).
The most successful new series in its time slot in Germany in over 25 years, this historical drama series follows the professional lives of real-life doctors and scientists who worked at the world-famous Charité hospital in Berlin at the end of the 19th century. It also tracks the story of Ida Lenze (Alicia von Rittberg, Genius), a (fictional) young woman who, following treatment for appendicitis, must work at the hospital as a nurse to pay her bill.
In the process Ida encounters brilliant physicians and (fictional) med student Georg Tischendorf (Maximilian Meyer-Bretschneider, You Are Wanted) and discovers her passion for medicine, while figures such as Emperor Wilhelm II (Lucas Prisor, Un village français) and actress/singer Hedwig Freiberg (Emilia Schüle, Berlin Station) visit the Charité hospital.
Notable persons depicted in the six-episode series include Nobel Prize winners Robert Koch (Justus von Dohnányi, Flemming), Emil von Behring (Matthias Koeberlin, Tatort), and Paul Ehrlich (Christoph Bach, The Heavy Water War, aka The Saboteurs), as well as “the father of modern pathology” Rudolf Virchow (Ernst Stötzner, Babylon Berlin) and aseptic surgery pioneer Ernst von Bergmann (Matthias Brenner, The Red Band Society).
Charité, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally (outside of Germany) on Thursday, April 19, exclusively on Netflix.
Le secret de l’abbaye (Murder in Fresange) (France)
This crime drama telefilm opens with the discovery of a monk’s body, found hanging by his feet from the cross of the Montjoyer cemetery near the the Abbey of Fresange in Drôme Provençale. Working to determine who would want to kill a Carthusian monk and why is the job of the investigators — Captain Alicia Tirard (Fabienne Carat, Plus belle la vie) and Captain Alex Lazzari (Bernard Yerlès, Station Horizon) — whose partnership is rather tense, given that Alex had arrested Alicia’s son for robbery.
Featuring Slimane Yefsah (The Passenger), Rio Vega (Grown Ups), Sophie Rodrigues (Emma), and Antoine Chappey (Maison Close), Le secret de l’abbaye premieres in the US on Friday, April 20, at 8:30 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
Flemming: Season 2 (Germany)
The new season finds Vince playing up the charm to persuade Ann to give marriage and family another go, but she’s clear they got divorced for a reason. Not that this prevents her from getting pregnant by him, mind you.
Anyhoo, Season 2 finds the pair investigating an apparent robbery attack on a woman, the beating death of an oncologist, the blackmailing of a wealthy couple, a doctor’s death in a car accident, the case of an impaled female corpse, the strangulation death of a lawyer, a professor’s death by anaphylactic shock, and the murder of an eight-year-old girl.
Joining the Season 2 cast are Maren Kroymann (The Wave) as Walli Hoven, Ann & Vince’s new boss, and Nadja Petri (Sibel & Max) as secretary Mette Jumarowski.
On l’appelait Ruby (We Called Her Ruby) (France)
This 2017 telefilm is reminiscent of the British series Broadchurch in that it centers on the aftermath of a murder. When the body of teenager Faustine Tanner is found in Hasparren, a small, quiet town in the heart of Basque country, the entire community is shaken. But soon the shock of the crime, one committed against a girl known and loved by all, gives way to worry and anguish and an abundance of questions.
Was this an isolated act or the work of a serial killer? Who could the murderer be? Should the people of Hasparren be afraid? If yes, whom should they fear? As the investigation progresses, it also begins to reveal many lies and secrets and raises the discomfort level of the people who’ve been keeping them in this outwardly peaceful and reserved community.
The movie stars César Awards nominees Mélanie Doutey (The Warrior’s Brother) and Karole Rocher (Polisse, Braquo), Olivier Loustau (Crossing Lines), Lubna Azabal (The Frozen Dead), and Grégory Gadebois (The Returned). It also features Michel Vuillermoz (Divorce French Style), Michaël Abiteboul (The Bureau, Nicolas Le Floch), Ludovic Berthillot (Main courante), and Aurélien Recoing (Trepalium).
On l’appelait Ruby premieres in the US on Friday, April 27, at 8:30 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
L’art du crime (Art of Crime) (France)
The final Euro TV premiere of April (at least at the time of publication) is this mystery series that revolves around crimes related to art and cultural property.
Nicolas Gob (Le chalet, Un village français) stars as Antoine Verlay, un flic who gets the sack from the Judicial Police and a reassignment to the Central Office for Combating the Trafficking of Cultural Goods, thanks to the influence of his friend and now-new boss, Commander Pardo (Benjamin Egner, Main courante). The thing is, Antoine is an excellent detective but knows bubkes when it comes to anything related to culture.
So he’s paired up with Florence Chassagne (Eléonore Bernheim, Le silence de l’épervier), a renowned but rather tactless art historian. The series opener finds a seemingly worthless painting of Anne of Brittany stolen from Amboise Castle and a murder victim discovered in the castle’s gardens. While Florence focuses on the theft, Antoine digs into the homicide side of the case. And tensions between the partners flare up.
Featuring Philippe Duclos (Spiral), Emmanuel Noblet (Scalp), and Farida Rahouadj (Cannabis), and guest-starring Stéphan Wojtowicz (Hard), Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Spiral), and César Awards winner Miou-Miou (La dérobade), L’art du crime premieres in the US with its first two episodes on Sunday, April 29, at 11 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
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Baisers Cachés (Hidden Kisses) (France)
In this made-for-TV movie, 16-year-old Nathan (Bérenger Anceaux, Le jour le plus court), a new student at school, is invited to a party where he falls for classmate Louis (Jules Houplain, Eyewitness). Thinking themselves alone, they kiss, but a photo of them — where only the identity of Nathan is clear — is taken and posted to Facebook.
The fallout is fast. Students harass Nathan, and his widowed father Stéphane (three-time César Awards nominee Patrick Timsit, Le cousin) shuts him out. It is only after Nathan is attacked, and Louis is disowned by his parents following their discovery of his homosexuality, that things begin to change.
Featuring César Awards winners Bruno Putzulu (Petits désordres amoureux) and Catherine Jacob (Life Is a Long Quiet River), César Awards nominee Barbara Schulz (Vanished by the Lake), Lisa Kramarz (Nina), and Nicolas Carpentier (Magellan), Baisers Cachés begins airing in the US on Friday, April 13, at 8:30 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
P’tit Quinquin (Li’l Quinquin) (France)
A black comedy-mystery-crime drama, this program debuted on French telly as a miniseries a few months after its initial launch as a feature film. It stars Alane Delhaye as the title character, the racist li’l leader of a li’l gang of Oliver Twist-ian young villains in their small village on the coast of Boulogne. With a perpetual scowl, a mountain bike, and a readiness to take on all comers (and even those who run away), Quinquin only lets up around Ève (Lucy Caron), the neighboring farmer’s daughter and his true love.
In the first of four episodes, a helicopter arrives in the village on a windy summer morning. It is here at the request of Commandant Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) of the local gendarmerie for the purpose of taking away a dead cow found inside one of the bunkers along the coast. What’s more disturbing is the dismembered and headless body of a woman stuffed inside the cow’s stomach.
As the story continues, the corpse count rises and P’tit Quinquin has a knack for being where Van der Weyden and Lieutenant Carpentier (Philippe Jore) are during their search for the killer. It’s hell on earth in the village and both the devil and angels are among its people.
From Rome with Love (Colpo di fulmine) (Italy/Argentina)
This romance drama telefilm follows Maya (Lola Ponche, Le due facce dell’amore), a young Argentine woman who leaves Buenos Aires for Rome to fulfill two dreams: to become a professional singer and to find out who her biological father is. Little does she know how life-changing her journey will be and how different reality is from the one she imagined.
Soon after arriving in Rome to participate in a singing competition, Maya meets Leonardo (Roberto Farnesi, Tuscan Passion), one of the show’s organizers. It’s love at first sight for both of them. If only paternal love were shown to Maya in equal measure by the man she believes to be her father: a member of the Italian Royal Family who is determined to ruin her career and life in Italy.
Featuring Fabio Testi (The Lady Who Returns), Tomas Arana (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Samantha Michela Capitoni (Inspector Nardone), From Rome with Love begins airing in the US on Thursday, April 26, at 9 PM ET, on Eurochannel.
Love Farm (Quand les poules auront des dents) (France)
The idiom “quand les poules auront des dents” is the Gallic equivalent of “when pigs fly.” Such is the kind of situation that the unemployed, soon-to-be-divorced Arman (Vincent Guillaud, The Days That Made History) puts himself in after promising a dinner of chicken and fries to his son in order to get back into the latter’s good graces. Sounds simple, except there isn’t a chicken to be found at any grocer.
Enter Clémentine Cordieu (Armelle Deutsch, Vanished by the Lake), an investigative journalist, environmentalist, and anti-GMO activist who embarks on a road trip to the country with Arman to help him find a chicken and to fulfill a quest of her own.
Part romantic comedy, part social commentary, this made-for-TV movie features Julie Debazac (Empreintes criminelles), David Brécourt (Sous le soleil), Serge Riaboukine (The Mantis), Marie Gili-Pierre (Elite Squad), and Liliane Rovère (Call My Agent!).
Did you miss any of the new shows and program additions from previous months? Check the Euro TV Viewing Guide 2018 Archives to find out.
For details about the April premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of programs from Australia and New Zealand, visit The Down Under TV Place.
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