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  • 2021
  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Drama


Drama series. Baptiste delves into the criminal underworld of the red light district.




Wise old sleuth Julien Baptiste returns to our screens in search of more lost souls. But he’s in a bad way. Tchéky Karyo has the ability to look equally like a groovy history don or a down-and-out, and he is called on for both here.

Baptiste, like The Missing, from which it spun off, is written by Harry and Jack Williams, so you won’t be surprised to learn it unfolds in two time frames: one where Julien, now separated from his wife, travels to Hungary to help find the family of British ambassador Emma Chambers (Fiona Shaw); then another, 14 months later, where Emma is in a wheelchair – but why? – and Julien looks like a shaggy alcoholic.

The writers do a great job of reeling us in, as Emma’s husband and teenage sons disappear from a mountain hotel. And as ever, Julien is fascinating, a sort of Zen Poirot in a donkey jacket. He’ll find the truth, but it will get messy along the way. The whole series is available on iPlayer from tonight.

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