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The Madame Blanc Mysteries

  • 2021
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Drama
  • Mystery

Summary

Starring, created and co-written by Sally Lindsay, The Madame Blanc Mysteries follows antiques dealer Jean White who travels to France to uncover the truth about her husband's unexpected death and quickly finds herself investigating numerous mysteries and murders. Also stars Steve Edge, Sue Holderness and Robin Askwith.

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Episode 1: The Madame Blanc Mysteries

Summary

Antiques dealer Jean White finds her life turned upside down when she learns her husband Rory has died on his way home from the south of France, all of their money has disappeared, their shop is remortgaged to the hilt and their assets pawned off. Drama created by and starring Sally Lindsay, with Sue Vincent, Sue Holderness and Robin Askwith

Review

BBC4 has traditionally been the home of detective drama on a Saturday night, but if its subtitled offerings are too dour for your tastes, this frothy creation on Channel 5 from writer and star Sally Lindsay may suit. It’s aimed squarely at those who prefer cosy crime-solving and is centred around a professional antiques expert turned plucky amateur sleuth who’s in the south of France trying to puzzle out who has bumped off her no-good husband.

Going by this sunny opener, it feels like the love child of Shirley Valentine and Lovejoy, with some supporting stars (including 1970s Confessions lothario Robin Askwith and Only Fools regular Sue Holderness) added to the mix to provide broad comic relief. Granted, there isn’t much in the way of subtlety or jeopardy, but Lindsay is an empathetic lead and the ongoing mystery has a couple of nice leftfield pivots. 

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Details

Released on
2021-10-16
Languages
English | French
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Jean WhiteSally Lindsay
Dom HayfieldSteve Edge
Gloria BeauchampSue Vincent
Judith Lloyd-JamesSue Holderness
Jeremy Lloyd-JamesRobin Askwith
Gendarme CaronAlex Gaumond
Claudette HayfieldAlais Lawson
Xavier BeauchampNarayan David Hecter
Celine ConnorMargeaux Lampley
Niall ConnorAonghus Weber
Charlie BrodeurSanchia McCormack
Simone BrodeurDjinda Kane
Adele BergerFélicité Du Jeu
TrevorPaul Chuckle
BarbaraOlivia Caffrey
Rory WhitePeter Gaynor

Crew

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WriterSally Lindsay
Executive producerSally Lindsay
WriterSue Vincent
DirectorDermot Boyd
ProducerAndy Morgan
Executive producerCatherine Mackin
Executive producerCaroline Roberts-Cherry
Executive producerMike Benson

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  • Summary

    Antiques dealer Jean White finds her life turned upside down when she learns her husband Rory has died on his way home from the south of France, all of their money has disappeared, their shop is remortgaged to the hilt and their assets pawned off. Drama created by and starring Sally Lindsay, with Sue Vincent, Sue Holderness and Robin Askwith

    Review

    BBC4 has traditionally been the home of detective drama on a Saturday night, but if its subtitled offerings are too dour for your tastes, this frothy creation on Channel 5 from writer and star Sally Lindsay may suit. It’s aimed squarely at those who prefer cosy crime-solving and is centred around a professional antiques expert turned plucky amateur sleuth who’s in the south of France trying to puzzle out who has bumped off her no-good husband.

    Going by this sunny opener, it feels like the love child of Shirley Valentine and Lovejoy, with some supporting stars (including 1970s Confessions lothario Robin Askwith and Only Fools regular Sue Holderness) added to the mix to provide broad comic relief. Granted, there isn’t much in the way of subtlety or jeopardy, but Lindsay is an empathetic lead and the ongoing mystery has a couple of nice leftfield pivots. 

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2021-10-16
    Languages
    English | French
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Jean WhiteSally Lindsay
    Dom HayfieldSteve Edge
    Gloria BeauchampSue Vincent
    Judith Lloyd-JamesSue Holderness
    Jeremy Lloyd-JamesRobin Askwith
    Gendarme CaronAlex Gaumond
    Claudette HayfieldAlais Lawson
    Xavier BeauchampNarayan David Hecter
    Celine ConnorMargeaux Lampley
    Niall ConnorAonghus Weber
    Charlie BrodeurSanchia McCormack
    Simone BrodeurDjinda Kane
    Adele BergerFélicité Du Jeu
    TrevorPaul Chuckle
    BarbaraOlivia Caffrey
    Rory WhitePeter Gaynor

    Crew

    rolename
    WriterSally Lindsay
    Executive producerSally Lindsay
    WriterSue Vincent
    DirectorDermot Boyd
    ProducerAndy Morgan
    Executive producerCatherine Mackin
    Executive producerCaroline Roberts-Cherry
    Executive producerMike Benson
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Review

I wouldn’t be surprised if a Madame Blanc’s Guide to the South of France ended up being published as a coffee-table hardback, as this episode is even more Wish You Were Here with Homicide than usual. The central mystery sees a local priest getting done to death with a crucifix, but the main attraction is witnessing Jean and Dom caper around Lourdes in search of a relic stolen from the church.

Before we reach the solution, Dom worries that he’s been friend-zoned, while Jean makes a rare misstep when it comes to her sleuthing skills. And for the second week running, Sue Holderness and Robin Askwith are missing in action. I’d been enjoying their banter, so please bring them back.

How to watch

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