EXCLUSIVE: Canal Plus and Tandem Communications‘ 10-episode one-hour crime drama Spotless starts principal photography July 2 in London. Co-created by Shameless UK producer and writer Ed McCardie, and Corinne Marrinan (CSI, Crossing Lines), the series was announced at Mip-TV in April and has now set its main cast. Canadian actor Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y) and France’s Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds) lead the drama with British actress Miranda Raison (24: Live Another Day) and Downton Abbey’s Mr Bates, Brendan Coyle, also in the mix. Billed as a darkly humorous and irreverent family drama, the London-set story follows a troubled man whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime as their dysfunctional family struggles to gain control over life, business and shared destiny.
Grondin won a César Award in 2009 for The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life. Ménochet film credits also include Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and and François Ozon’s In The House. Raison’s other work has included My Week With Marilyn, and UK TV series Vexed and Silk. Apart from Downton, the Emmy and Bafta nominated Coyle recently starred in the British comedy series The Starlings.
McCardie is head writer and Marrinan is writer and co-executive producer on Spotless. The series is produced by Studiocanal’s Tandem Communications in association with Rosetta Media for Canal+ Original Programming. The first two episodes will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker). Exec producers include Tandem’s Rola Bauer, Jonas Bauer and Suzanne Berger. Producing for Tandem is Moritz Polter. Spotless is produced by Hugh Warren (Call The Midwife). Directors Colin Teague (The White Queen) and China Moo-Young (Call The Midwife) will each helm two episodes. Production designer is Emmy and Bafta Award-winning and three-time Oscar nominee Eve Stewart.
“We’re very excited to be producing our first series for the prestigious Canal+ Original Programming label and to have the platform to expand our narrative into the Premium Television arena,” says Jonas Bauer. Fabrice de la Patellière, Director of French Drama and Co-Productions for Canal Plus says, “We are delighted to begin production of Spotless, featuring talented lead actors Marc-André Grondin and Denis Ménochet, who are great matches for the show’s originality and dark humor. We love Pascal Chaumeil’s work and are excited that he will be directing the first two episodes, starting the series off in a quirky, off-beat style. The channel is taking a thrilling gamble by introducing a new genre to its original programming.”