Baptiste – BBC1

Spin-off from The Missing, with Tcheky Karyo reprising his role as the French detective, Julien Baptiste, who finds himself on a case in Amsterdam

Spin-off from The Missing, with Tchéky Karyo reprising his role as
the French detective, Julien Baptiste, who finds himself on a case
in Amsterdam

Both series of The Missing provided some of the best drama we’ve seen in recent years, so the idea of granting the thriller’s stoic French cop Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) his own spin-off was genius.

The series finds Baptiste in Amsterdam, where, despite his initial protests, he is soon hard at work looking for a missing sex worker.

The girl’s uncle (a scene-stealing Tom Hollander) 
is at breaking point in his desperation 
to find her, and Baptiste makes some shocking discoveries as he delves into the murky underworld of the Dutch capital.

Expect plenty of jaw-dropping twists in this cracking opener, as absolutely nothing is as
it seems…

TV Times rating: *****


Tcheky Karyo as Julien Baptiste

Here, Tchéky tells us more about the story, and reveals why Baptiste holds such a special place in his heart…

Did you expect Baptiste to return?

I was like the audience when we saw him having surgery and there was the mystery of, ‘Is he dying?’ But Jack and Harry didn’t want 
to say goodbye to him because he still has skeletons in his closet and things left to be resolved. So now we have a spin-off and follow the story through his eyes. I’ve been stretched but I’m proud of it.

Baptiste doesn’t have different timelines in it like The Missing, but are there similarities?

It cuts to the chase more, but there’s still the DNA of The Missing. There are flashbacks 
and some flabbergasting twists, so it keeps the trepidation 
the audience had watching The Missing.

There’s a lot of mystery that’ll be unveiled. You’re concerned from the first line.

What does Baptiste make of 
this new case?

He doesn’t want to go for it. He’s recovering, happy to be alive and wants to dedicate himself to his family. But he needs to be on deck and he becomes obsessed with 
the case because his family comes into danger. There’s an urgency and he’s threatened, too.