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Byline: Nicola & Mark

MOVE over Death in Paradise, BBC1 bosses have ordered a crime drama set in Mallorca.

Writer Dan Sefton says it aims is to recapture the vibe of much-loved 70s and 80s series The Professionals, Starsky and Hutch, and Dempsey and Makepeace.

At its heart will be two detectives who don't get on very well - po-faced Briton Miranda Blake and fun-loving German Max Wolf.

Sefton, who wrote The Good Karma Hospital and Trust Me, says of 10-parter The Mallorca Files: "We've subverted the stereotypes."

So will they end up falling for each other? "It is very much will they, won't they - but mostly won't they. We're playing that odd couple vibe quite strongly."

Casting for the pair starts soon and filming begins in November.

With German co-production money secured, the BBC1 daytime show has a "decent drama budget" and has already been snapped up France too.

The show was the idea of Sefton and Cosmopolitan Pictures' Ben McDonald, who says: "I've wanted to make a series like the cop shows I grew up with and loved, with a pair of loveable characters people are drawn back to - a show that is unashamedly entertaining."

BBC daytime boss Dan McGolpin said: "Viewers on BBC1 Daytime and iPlayer are in for a treat."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 22, 2018
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