The Missing spin-off shooting in Flanders
Should you see film crews at work in Antwerp and Ghent over the next few weeks, it’s probably the new BBC-Een series Baptiste
‘Diverse and beautiful cities’
Baptiste is largely set in Amsterdam, but – like The Missing – it is an international co-production, with locations crossing borders. It is being produced by BBC, Éen and Brussels-based Czar TV.
Several Flemish actors will appear in the series, including Barbara Sarafian (De Dag, Wat Als?), Martha Canga Antonio – who gained international attention for her leading role in the 2015 movie Black – and Boris Van Severen (Salamander, Belgica). Flemish director Jan Matthys (Vele hemels boven de zevende) will helm half of the six-part series.
Baptiste focuses on the French police inspector from the second series of The Missing. The gruff and stubborn Julien Baptiste (pictured) is on holiday in Amsterdam when he is asked to help with a case, taking him into a grim underbelly of the Dutch capital.
“Belgium is a perfect place to shoot Baptiste,” said Chris Aird, one of the British producers. “The culture if film-friendly, and Czar is a professional and experienced co-producer. We are super enthusiastic to be filming in such diverse and beautiful cities as Antwerp and Ghent.”