BBC One series Baptiste returns to our screen tonight for a second series with the return of Tchéky Karyo as detective Julien Baptiste immersing himself in a new case in Hungary.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new series, the cast and when to catch it on TV.
How many episodes are there of Baptiste?
This new series is made up of six hour-long episodes, airing at 9pm on Sundays, on BBC One.
The series was filmed in Antwerp, Ghent, Amsterdam and Deal in Kent.
The show was produced by Harry and Jack Williams of Two Brothers Pictures.
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says, “Julien Baptiste – played by the exceptional Tchéky Karo – is one of the Williams brothers’ greatest creations and utterly deserving of his own show.
“This first series of Baptiste will allow us to discover more about Julien than ever before as he is parachuted into the centre of a shocking and wide-ranging crime story.”
Who’s in the cast of Baptiste?
Tchéky Karyo will be reprising his role of the for the new chapter and he’ll be joined by the likes of Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw for series 2.
Whereas, Harry and Jack Williams having confirmed that they are not returning.
Tchéky Karyo – Julien Baptiste
Tchéky Karyo, 64 is a Turkish born French actor who began his career as a stage actor before moving to film in the 80s.
In 2000 he starred alongside Mel Gibson in The Patriot and has also appeared in Nikita and Jean Jacques-Annaud’s The Bear.
Tchéky says, “He’s filled with anger, bitterness, pain, and he no longer knows where’s north or south.
“Julien’s lost; he gets aggressive, he loses his temper and brings a lot of pain to his loved ones at home.
“That is how we discover him at the beginning of the series. Then we flip from different time periods to understand where he is coming from and eventually see how great his capacity for resilience is.”
Anastasia Hille – Celia Baptiste
Anastasia Hille, 52, is a British actress who plays the role of detective Baptiste’s wife.
She starred alongside Tchéky in the original 2016 series The Missing.
The British actress has also appeared in Kavanagh QC: The Sweetest Thing, Trial and Retribution and The Cazalets.
Her film roles include The Hole, The Abandoned, Snow White And The Huntsman and Mamma Mia: Here we go again!
Tchéky teased: “Celia tries hard to make him aware of that but he’s so stubborn.
“He believes he’s responsible for his family tragedy and carries this with him all the time. Julien is being somewhat masochistic with the pain.”
Fiona Shaw – Emma Chambers
Harry Potter and Killing Eve star Fiona Shaw plays Emma, a British Ambassador whose husband and teenage sons disappear during a holiday in Hungary.
Baptiste helps Emma in her search to find them and the pair form a friendship.
Ace Bhatti – Nadeem
EastEnders star Ace has previously starred in Line Of Duty and Three Girls.
His character Nadeem helps to manage the media frenzy surrounding Emma and her missing family.
He’s a member of Emma’s team at the Embassy.
What’s BBC One’s Baptiste series two about?
The series synopsis teases, “Julien Baptiste is not the man we left at the end of series one.
“After enduring a horrific personal tragedy, Julien has pushed Celia away and is looking for any distraction – whether that be the bottom of a bottle or a new case – to consume him.
“When Ambassador Emma Chambers’ whole family disappears in the Hungarian mountains, Julien finds his new case. He immediately travels to the resort where the Chambers were staying and entrenches himself in Emma’s world.
“Despite no longer being a Detective in any official capacity, Emma realises that Julien’s experience and capacity for understanding human nature will be integral to getting her family back.
“When the case turns into a murder and kidnapping, Julien must work closely with the Hungarian police, including Zsofia Arslan, who at first rejects his offers of help but soon comes to see his value.
“Julien navigates a police force he cannot trust and obsessional media desperate for more information on such a high profile, international case. British Ambassador to Hungary, Emma tries to wield her influence, but the layers of corruption and secrets prove too complex to unpick. Julien, Zsofia and Emma must work together if Emma is to be reunited with her family.”
Baptiste airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One.