Baptiste: Everything You Need To Know
Good news, MASTERPIECE Mystery! fans. A new crime drama is coming soon. Don’t miss a second of the crime drama Baptiste, premiering Sunday, April 12 at a special time — 10/9c. From the adrenalized plot to its stunning setting (Amsterdam), and the cast that clever fans will recognize as MASTERPIECE fan favorites, find out what you need to know before the premiere.
[Note: Baptiste contains scenes that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.]
Anything but Retiring: A Plot Full of Twists and Turns
Retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) may think his crime-solving days are far behind him, but when an old friend calls him up for help with a missing person case in Amsterdam, Baptiste is thrown back into his old world —even if he believes, as he so often says, “I’m not the man I used to be.”
“Celia [Julien’s wife] and Julien are in Amsterdam to help their daughter and son-in-law look after their grandchild,” Karyo said. “While there, Martha, Julien’s ex-girlfriend, who is well aware of his methodical, crime solving skills, tries to get him involved in a case. Julien had decided not to go back to his other life but he can’t let go, and Celia knows that it would be good for both him and for their relationship so she encourages him to get out of the house.”
Alongside Baptiste on the hunt for the missing sex worker Natalie Rose is her uncle Edward Stratton, who has been desperately searching the city for her to no avail, and fears the worst.
Executive Producer and writer Jack Williams teased, “What starts as a favor ends up putting the life of Baptiste and his family in danger…”
A Fresh Start to Another Series
If you watched The Missing, then you’re already primed for the next chapter with Baptiste. While Baptiste technically is a spinoff, it is a standalone series, so new fans can jump in without having seen The Missing, and not miss a heart-pounding beat of the action.
For Executive Producers and writers Harry and Jack Williams, coming back to the character of Julien Baptiste in the new series was something they had been particularly interested in exploring.
“When we wrote the first The Missing, the series was born out of the character of Julien Baptiste,” Harry said. “The Missing was about loss, tragedy, and missing children exclusively, so doing Baptiste was us going back to what we wanted to write about in the first place which was this character.”
Karyo agreed that no one was quite ready to say goodbye to Julien Baptiste, yet. “The [Williams] brothers said that Julien still had a lot of skeletons in his closet and a lot of things left to be fixed,” he explained. “It is exciting and I am happy to get into Julien’s new shoes… Julien is still here and full of joy and happy to be alive. He is still stubborn and is always in search of some kind of truth about human nature, if there is one.”
The All-Star Lineup: Meet the Cast
From MASTERPIECE fan favorites like Downton Abbey and Home Fires, to PBS hits like Call the Midwife and The Bletchley Circle, learn more about where you’ve seen the stars of Baptiste before.
Baptiste Joins MASTERPIECE Mystery!'s Stellar Lineup
If you’re a fan of tightly plotted crime series like Unforgotten, Inspector Lewis and Endeavour, then this is the series for you. Baptiste is a gripping procedural with a plot that will constantly keep you guessing, and will keep you on your toes from start to finish.
Amsterdam: The Intriguing Center of the Action
Felt like you’ve walked every inch of Oxford with Endeavour, peeked into every cozy corner of rural Grantchester? There is a new and unforgettable locale for MASTERPIECE Mystery! fans to enjoy in Baptiste: Amsterdam.
Harry Williams knew they needed to pick the perfect location to match the unique story. “The narrative is full of twists, turns and surprises, much like Amsterdam itself,” he explained. “It’s an intriguing setting for the series to take place – it’s unusual, complex and layered.”
“We decided to set it in Amsterdam, as we knew that the location would perfectly reflect what the series is about: which is the question of what’s behind the curtain, what’s under the surface,” said brother Jack. “How something looks is deceiving. What’s great about the show is that the way the case begins is nothing like where we end up.
Filming locations included the beautiful houses, streets and canals of scenic Amsterdam, as well as the famed red light district.
The Action Starts April 12: On Air and Online
Watch the Teaser