The Returned to ‘return’ to Channel 4
Who is really dead? Who is alive? Has anybody been able to sleep without a night light for the last two months since creepy but cute little Victor, with his Bambi eyes and the threat of Satin’s soul, sidled on to our screens? Is there a dermatologist, or, come to think of it, a taxidermist in that entire alpine town? What, actually, is on the menu at The Lake Pub?
Channel 4 is delighted to announce that it has acquired the UK premiere broadcast rights to the second series of hit drama The Returned from Zodiak Rights. Series two (8 X 60’), currently in development with Haut et Court TV for Canal+, will begin filming in early 2014 for an anticipated broadcast later in the year.
The Returned has so far weaved a seductive and chilling tale which came to a dramatic climax last Sunday. The first subtitled drama on Channel 4 for over 20 years, it has attracted an average of 1.8million viewers each week and a 7.1% share of the audience at 9pm on Sundays.
A supernatural thriller set in a small Alpine village in the shadow of a vast dam, The Returned has chronicled the lives, and in this case deaths, of the town-people’s harrowing discovery of loved ones returning from the grave. Created by Fabrice Gobert based on the 2004 feature film “Les Revenants” by Robin Campillo; written by Fabrice Gobert, Emmanuel Carrere (La Moustache) and Fabien Adda and directed by Fabrice Gobert (Lights Out, Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival) and Frédéric Mermoud (Complices). Beguiling and compulsive, the drama is accompanied by an ethereal and spine tingling soundtrack courtesy of Mogwai.