MHz Choice kicks off the new year with Tandem, a light mystery-crime drama series set in the southern French city of Montpellier.
With the launch of its sixth season in its native France planned for 2022, popular detective drama Tandem is set to start streaming in the US and Canada in just a few hours.
In the series opener, “A Fresh Start,” a couple of duck hunters out on the marshes happen upon the dead body of a woman. At roughly the same time, Commander Léa Soler (Astrid Veillon, Perfect Crimes) and her two children arrive from Lyon at their new home in Montpellier, where she is the new head of the criminal investigation division of the Montpellier Police.
Before they even have a chance to unpack the SUV, Léa gets a call and it’s off to the crime scene she goes. It is there, over a corpse instead of drinks, that Léa introduces herself to her new team, Lieutenants Erwan Lebellec (Piérick Tournier, Spiral) and Camille Barbier (Nelly Lawson, Murder in Avignon) — and is surprised by the appearance of Captain Paul Marchal (Stéphane Blancafort, Origins). He’s supposed to be on vacation, yet here he is. It becomes clear soon enough that Paul, known to be a “wild card” who does what he wants, wants to be on this case. What Erwan and Camille want is to know what’s going on with Paul and Léa, cos the way they interact with each other isn’t normal.
Back to the dead woman: Her injuries indicate foul play, and additional information from the medical examiner points Léa to the nearby Valmange Abbey. But despite confirming the victim’s identity, gathering more details, and interrogating suspects, the detectives need a break on the case to solve the mystery of the woman’s death.
Meanwhile, Paul is puzzled by something completely different: why Léa, his new boss — and his ex-wife — transferred to his patch in Montpellier when she could have gone anywhere…
Series regulars include Titouan Laporte (Magellan) as Léa and Paul’s son, Thomas; Sarah-Cheyenne Santoni (Ici tout commence) as their daughter, Alice; and François-Dominique Blin (Charlotte Link) as medical examiner Franck Marvaud.
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