The Madame Blanc Mysteries
Channel 5 and AMC Networks’ Acorn TV today announce the commission of the third series of crime drama The Madame Blanc Mysteries. Clapperboard (Cold Call, The Teacher, The Holiday) and Saffron Cherry Productions (The World According to Grandpa) will co-produce with Acorn Media Enterprises on board as international distributor, holding exclusive rights worldwide except for the UK and Northern Ireland. The series was ordered by Paul Testar, Commissioning Editor, Drama, Channel 5 and Paramount+.
The Madame Blanc Mysteries S3 (7 x 60’) sees renowned and respected antiques dealer, Jean White, return with her expertise in the world of antiquities proving to be the key to solving a series of murders and mysteries against the backdrop of the beautiful French village of Sainte Victoire.
Series 2 of The Madame Blanc Mysteries returned to Channel 5 in December 2022, with a Christmas Special, with the series itself continuing in January 2023. The series continued its success from series 1, with series 2 averaging a strong 2.1 million viewers with 10% share of the audience.
Series creator, Sally Lindsay (Cold Call, Mount Pleasant) reprises her role of Jean White and again joins forces with Sue Vincent (Mount Pleasant, Shameless), who returns as Gloria Beaushaw, to co-write the series. Also reprising their roles are Steve Edge (Starlings, Murder They Hope, Maxine) as local taxi-driver and sidekick Dom Hayes, Robin Askwith (Strike, Benidorm) and Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, Still Open All Hours, The Green Green Grass) as eccentric married couple and manor owners Jeremy and Judith Lloyd James. Lastly, Alex Gaumond (Derry Girls, My Dinner With Hervé, Death In Paradise) is back as Chief of Police André Caron.
Also making a return to Sainte Victoire for series 3 is Tony Robinson, returning as Dom’s light-fingered Uncle Patrick who made his first appearance in the series 2 Christmas special. Further casting announcements will be made in the coming months.
The third series will be Directed by Dermot Boyd, produced by Jake Rollins, while Mike Benson and Andy Morgan will serve as Executive Producer for Clapperboard alongside Sally Lindsay and Caroline Roberts-Cherry for Saffron Cherry.
On the expansion to the Channel 5 drama slate Paul Testar said: “On the expansion to the Channel 5 drama slate Paul Testar said: “Audiences have opened their hearts to the world of Sainte Victoire in series one and two with its wonderful characters and bafflingly high murder rate. I can’t wait to see what Sally and Sue come up with for the third series.”
Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises adds: “The Acorn TV audience value compelling storytelling set against an intriguing international backdrop, allowing for satisfying escapism, and The Madame Blanc Mysteries delivers on all levels. We could not be more thrilled to dive into a third season of this wildly entertaining and successful series.”
Mike Benson, Managing Director, Clapperboard adds: “We are delighted that Madame Blanc has grown into such a well loved returning series. We have a brilliant family of cast and crew that create the magic of St. Victoire, and we’re excited to be back together to make even more mysteries.”
Sally Lindsay concludes: “We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to the sunshine and giving you another mystery packed series of Madame Blanc. I am truly humbled by the love for our show and can’t wait to give you lots more adventures. See you in St. Victoire!”
Filming is currently underway, with the Christmas special set to air on Acorn TV and Channel 5 in 2023, while the rest of the season will continue in 2024.
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