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Friday 6 October 2023

French action drama Dark Hearts - Coming to BBC

The latest French action drama, "Dark Hearts," has been acquired by the BBC from Newen Connect for broadcasting on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.

Starring Marie Dompnier (known for "Witnesses"), Thierry Godard ("Spiral"), and Nicolas Duvauchelle ("Braquo"), this six-part series is set in Iraq during the lead-up to the battle for Mosul in October 2016. The storyline revolves around an elite French Special Forces unit entrusted with the mission of extracting the daughter and grandchildren of a high-ranking ISIS leader. The objective is to gather crucial intelligence about an impending terrorist threat in the region.

Directed by Ziad Doueiri, an Academy Award nominee for "The Insult," the series promises a thrilling blend of action, drama, and espionage. Sue Deeks, the Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, praises "Dark Hearts" for offering not just riveting storytelling but also a compelling glimpse into the lives of a tightly-knit elite military unit, aware that each mission could be their last.

Leona Connell, Chief Commercial Officer at Newen Connect, expressed their pleasure in extending their collaboration with the BBC. They aim to replicate the success of past ventures like "The Promise" by bringing "Dark Hearts" to UK audiences as its first international broadcast.

The 6-episode, 52-minute series was conceived and scripted by Dang Thai Duong and Corinne Garfin, known for their work on "The Bureau." The production was overseen by Gilles de Verdiere from Mandarin Productions.

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