BBC Four to air eight-part French drama series Witnesses: A Frozen Death

Witnesses: A Frozen Death will be the perfect mystery series for BBC Four viewers to delve into as the nights turn colder.Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four
Date: 04.09.2017     Last updated: 04.09.2017 at 10.00
BBC Four has acquired Witnesses: A Frozen Death, an eight-part mystery from France starring Marie Dompnier (The Tunnel) and Audrey Fleurot (Spiral). The series was created by Hervé Hadmar and Marc Herpoux and will air on BBC Four later this year.

On the first day of spring, on a country road in northern France, the frozen bodies of 15 men are discovered sitting aboard an abandoned bus.

The case is assigned to Lieutenant Sandra Winckler (Dompnier), who quickly finds a link between the dead men: all 15 were involved at one time or another with a woman named Catherine Keemer (Fleurot). But there’s a twist: Catherine disappeared three years ago.

Determined to get answers, Sandra tracks Catherine down and discovers a woman who’s all alone with no memory of her past… except for one thing: she once gave birth to a child, who is now unaccounted for.

Despite all appearances, Sandra believes that Catherine is innocent. But if that is the case, who is responsible for the 15 mysterious deaths? And where is Catherine’s child?

Of the acquisition, Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor of BBC Four, says: “Witnesses: A Frozen Death will be the perfect mystery series for BBC Four viewers to delve into as the nights turn colder. It’s especially exciting to welcome Audrey Fleurot back to the channel, co-starring in what is sure to be our next big hit French drama.”

Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, says: “Witnesses: A Frozen Death takes the most intriguing of opening mysteries and adds ingenious twist upon turn to keep us guessing until the very end. Its compelling mix of bold characters, sharp writing, atmospheric French setting and truly wonderful performances make this series the perfect new drama obsession for BBC Four viewers. “

Julien Leroux, EVP Sales & Content Development at Newen Distribution UK, adds: “We are extremely proud and excited to bring this new chapter of Witnesses to the UK audience and work with our long-term partners, the BBC.”

Witnesses: A Frozen Death is directed by Hervé Hadmar and produced by Cinétévé for France 2. The 8 x 50’ series was acquired by Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, and Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor of BBC Four, from Newen Distribution UK, the UK distribution arm of Newen.

Notes to Editors
Witnesses: A Frozen Death is the second chapter of the French police series. It tells a brand new, standalone mystery.

The series will air on BBC Four and then be available on BBC iPlayer later this year.

Pictured: Catherine Keemer (Audrey Fleurot)

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