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BBC acquires Dark Hearts series

October 6, 2023

The BBC has acquired new French action drama Dark Hearts from Newen Connect for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.

The six-part series stars Marie Dompnier (Witnesses), Thierry Godard (Spiral), and Nicolas Duvauchelle (Braquo). Dark Hearts is set in Iraq on the eve of the battle for Mosul in October 2016, the series centres around an elite French Special Forces unit tasked with extracting the daughter and grandchildren of a high-ranking ISIS leader in order to gain vital information from him about an imminent terrorist threat in the region. The series is directed by Academy Award nominee Ziad Doueiri.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, commented: “Not only is Dark Hearts a gripping mix of action drama and espionage thriller, it also gives a fascinating insight into the lives of a close knit elite military unit who know that every mission could be their last.”

Leona Connell, Chief Commercial Officer at Newen Connect, added: “Newen Connect is pleased to be continuing its relationship with the BBC, building on the previous successes of shows like The Promise, to bring UK audiences the first international broadcast of Dark Hearts.”

The series was created and written by Dang Thai Duong and Corinne Garfin and produced by Gilles de Verdiere of Mandarin Productions.

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