Although I’m not 100% sure it’s still running its Totally Serialized events, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni is still being very marvellous and running French TV events in London. To save me some hassle, let’s pretend it’s still called Totally Serialized so I don’t have to rename this section.
Office admin out the way, appropriately enough, the first ‘Totally Serialized’ of 2018 is a showing of the first two episodes of the third season of Le bureau des légendes (The Bureau) (France: Canal+; UK: Amazon), as well as a Q&A with producer Alex Berger.
Le Bureau des Légendes
FRA | 2014 | Series 3, episodes 1&2 | 2×52 mins | showrunner Eric Rochant | directed by Samuel Collardey | with Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Léa Drucker cert. tbc | in French with EN subs | UK Premiere
If you were hooked by The Bureau, rejoice, here comes the UK premiere of the new season! Based on real-life accounts by former spies, this French addictive series depicts a branch of clandestine undercover agents, dispatched in key and hostile locations around the world. Offering a new perspective on intelligence agencies and intricate geopolitical issues, this third season centres on “Malotru” (Mathieu Kassovitz), who is taken hostage by ISIS.
Followed by a Q&A with Alex Berger, Producer of The Bureau
It’s taking place on Wednesday 24th January at 8.30pm at the Institut in London and you can book tickets online – seats are still available.
Incidentally, I don’t know if the Institut is misspeaking or not, but the Tweet I spotted about the event talks about it being a preview, suggesting that the full season might finally be coming to Amazon…
We spy with our little eye… #TVseries The Bureau on 24 Jan @ifru_london returning to UK screens for a preview + Q&A with producer Alex Berger, as part of #BeforetheNight >> https://t.co/zQaFBHH77q #nightofideas pic.twitter.com/Jzf0251i9o
— Institut français UK (@ifru_london) January 15, 2018
UPDATE: Turns out there’s also a debate the next day about politics on TV, chaired by Walter of Walter Presents fame:
Power and Politics: The Hottest Genre in TV Drama
Chaired by Walter Iuzzolino, the curator behind global drama channel, Walter Presents, ‘Power and Politics: The Hottest Genre in TV drama’ will lift the lid on some of the most popular recent hit thrillers and royal dramas. Why have they struck such a chord with international audiences, and what successful formulae do they share? Meet the producers, writers and actors behind blockbuster hits like Spin, The Crown, Victoria, and The Bureau, and explore the line where fiction and reality meet. Who is manipulating whom, and to what extent is fiction shaping real life politics and public opinion? Mathieu Sapin, author of comic books on politics will also join the debate.
- Alex Berger, Producer of The Bureau
- Gregory Fitoussi, Actor in Spin series
- Daisy Goodwin, Creator and Writer of Victoria
- Andy Harries, Executive Producer of The Crown (season 2)
- Mathieu Sapin, Political Comic Book Author and Illustrator
- Walter Iuzzolino, Global Drama Curator