Walter Presents confirms pick up of first African series Sakho and Mangane.

Photo: Keewu – Canal + Int’l

Walter Presents has officially confirmed the pick up of two series already in the “new series coming” section of our Walter Presents UK – Full series list. Sakho and Mangane is their first African series and they’ve also picked up French thriller Philharmonia. Both series have been acquired from Lagardère Studios Distribution.

Sakho and Mangane is an 8-part detective series set in Dakar, Senegal. Produced by Keewu for Canal + International the series stars Issaka Sawadogo, Yann Gael, Fatou Elise Ba and Christiane Dumont. When Commander Sakho is thrown together with new cop Mangane, two very different worlds collide which make for some interesting investigations.

Talking about the first African acquistion for the service co-founder and curator Walter Iuzzolino says: “Walter Presents was set up to find hidden drama gems from around the world and we’re proud to be championing our very first African series. Sakho and Mangane is a thriller of contrasts with an unlikely but likeable cop duo at its heart. A crime procedural set in Senegal is a rare treat and I’m hoping it will be the first of many more African series we can acquire”.

Philharmonia is a 6-part French series set in Paris produced by Merlin Productions and France 2. Hélène Barizet takes over the Philharmonia, the national orchestra left in turmoil after the sudden death of its previous conductor. But the orchestra has cultivated a damning reputation and has become ominously nicknamed ‘the maestro killer.’ Suffice to say Helene’s unorthodox approach immediately sets the cat amongst the pigeons with very dangerous consequences. Created by Marine Gacem the series stars Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Lina El Arabi and Laurent Bateau.

Walter describes Philharmonia as: “a deliciously rich thriller set in the seemingly classy world of classical music. However, look beyond the orchestra pit and a dirty world of back-stabbing, jealousy and bloody vendettas is revealed. This is an utterly addictive thriller with a sound-track to die for.”

News on the UK premiere dates for both series when we have them.


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