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Kingsdown to be backdrop for filming of BBC drama Baptiste

By Eleanor Perkins

Kingsdown’s scenic backdrop is proving ever popular as television crews are set to return for more filming tomorrow.

Writers of ITV’s hit thriller Liar, Harry and Jack Williams, have chosen to shoot on the village’s beach for their new BBC drama, Baptiste.

The gripping show is a spin-off to The Missing, focussing solely on the main character, French detective Julien Baptiste, played by actor Tchéky Karyo.

Deal gets a taste of TV action again... after Liar
Deal gets a taste of TV action again... after Liar

It follows previous filming in the area for Liar which aired on ITV last autumn and Vanity Fair, which is due to begin this September.

Nine Streets Production Ltd have this week leafleted homes in the area to warn them of the potential disruption.

Location manager Jeremy Stern writes: “We are planning to film with a crew of 35 people on Tuesday at Kingsdown on the beach.

“In order to minimise noise, our crew will make sure that they do not leave engines running or raise their voices.”

He said their vision is to create a “deserted beach type scene” and politely asked crowds not to gather.

ITV drama Liar was filmed in Deal. Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd beneath Deal Pier
ITV drama Liar was filmed in Deal. Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd beneath Deal Pier

The second series of The Missing concluded almost two years ago when Baptiste was seen going for surgery to remove a brain tumour.

The BBC has revealed this new show will open with the detective and his wife in Amsterdam.

While there, the couple’s trip is interrupted when the Chief of Police - an old girlfriend, conincidentally - seeks out his help on a case and Baptiste finds himself drawn into an investigation that exposes the seedy underworld of Amsterdam beneath the idyllic streets and canals.

It is not known when Baptiste will air.

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