Baptiste is back for a second series on BBC One and Julien is on the hunt for missing persons yet again.
With time jumps back and forth, Julien Baptiste is not the man we knew before, as it seems something happened to his daughter.
He has pushed his wife Celia away and is looking for any distraction – and right now that’s solving the case of Emma Chambers’ missing family in the Hungarian mountains.
However, when the case turns into something far more brutal and desperate, Julien must navigate a Hungarian police force he doesn’t trust and unrelenting media interest who are hungry for information on such a high-profile international case.
The cast is full of recognisable faces as well as Baptiste himself, Tchéky Karyo.
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Who’s in the cast of Baptiste?
Karyo is back as the titular detective, who we first met back in 2014 in the series, The Missing opposite James Nesbitt.
The Turkish-born Frenchman has also been in movies Nikita, The Core and The Patriot.
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Joining him in this series of Baptiste is Fiona Shaw, who plays Emma Chambers, the woman whose family has disappeared. Shaw is recognisable to TV fans for her roles in Killing Eve, Fleabag and True Blood. And, of course, she’s known to Harry Potter fans as Aunt Petunia in the bog screen blockbusters.
Adrian Rawlins, Conrad Khan and Stuart Campbell play Emma’s family members who disappear at the start of the series.
Rawlins you will recognise also from Harry Potter in which he was James Potter. He’s recently been in Grace, on ITV, Small Axe on BBC and Sky’s A Discovery of Witches.
Conrad’s been in Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders and the critically acclaimed film, County Lines, while Stuart has been in Hetty Feather, Outlander and is about to be seen in BBC’s Rogue Heroes.
Familiar faces Ace Bhatti and Rhashan Stone also star. Ace was of course in Line of Duty as Sindwhani, who was ousted in the last series of the corruption show. Ace has also been in EastEnders, Bohemian Rhapsody, Alex Rider and The Stranger.
Rhashan will be familiar to TV drama viewers, too, with roles in Keeping Faith, Finding Alice, Delicious and Strike Back. He’s also filming drama Hollington Drive in Wales at the moment.
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Celia Baptiste actress Anastasia Hille was also in Keeping Faith series two, as Gael Reardon. Anastasia has been in loads of TV shows including, The Pembrokeshire Murders, The Tunnel, Prey, Wanderlust, Silent Witness.
How many episodes of Baptiste are there?
There are six episodes of series two. The first aired on Sunday, July 18 and all are available to stream on iPlayer now.
What happened in series one of Baptiste?
In series one, Julien meets up with his old flame Martha Horchner (Barbara Sarafian), in Amsterdam. She is the city’s Chief of Police, and is after Julien’s help in searching for Natalie, a missing girl and the niece of Edward Stratton, an Englishman.
Baptiste manages to track Natalie down, who explained that Edward is not her uncle, but a client with whom she was working for after stealing money from a Romanian trafficking group known as the Brigada.
The detective then decides to work with Martha’s son, Neils Horchner (Boris Van Severen), a young Dutch detective, who is also Julien’s long-lost son. He turned out to be a bad-un, informing the trafficking group of Baptiste’s progress and eventually going into hiding before very publically shooting his mother dead.
Celia and Sara and the rest of the family were in hiding from the gang, but the first episode of series two does not elaborate on what has happened to Sara. That’s still to come.
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