Marathon rolls out ‘Dolmen’ sequel

TF1 miniseries moves action to Ireland

PARIS — French TV production and distribution powerhouse Marathon is developing a sequel to thriller miniseries “Dolmen,” which scored record ratings for TF1 in 2005.

Set in Brittany, “Dolmen” followed two cops trying to solve a series of mysterious murders linked to Celtic rituals. The five 52-minute episodes garnered 53.1% marketshare.

“Dolmen” producers Pascal Breton and Aline Besson confirmed the sequel is being scripted. The leading actors of the first installment, Bruno Madinier and Ingrid Chauvin, have come on board.

Although Besson said it was too early to reveal the synopsis of the sequel, it’s likely to be inspired by the novel “Dolmen, Les Oublies de Killmore,” published in 2007. In the novel, the two cops are back, this time in Ireland, to solve more ritual crimes.

Besson said the “Dolmen” sequel will comprise two episodes of 90 minutes each.

French press reports explained TF1 had hesitated in bringing “Dolmen” back to the small screen after being disappointed by ratings of the sequel of another popular thriller miniseries, “Zodiaque,” in 2006. Last year, TF1 also aired “La Main Blanche,” starring the “Dolmen” duo, Madinier and Chauvin, which only nabbed an average of 29% marketshare.

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