Spin (French: Les Hommes de l'ombre - literally The Shadow Men) is a French political television drama series created by Dan Franck, Frederic Tellier, Charline de Lépine and Emmanuel Daucé, and broadcast from 25 January 2012 on France 2.

Also known asLes Hommes de l'ombre (French)
GenrePolitical thriller
Political drama
Created by
Directed byJean-Marc Brondolo
Frédéric Tellier
Frédéric Garson
ComposerChristophe Lapinta
Country of originFrance
Original languageFrench
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes18
Production locationParis
Running time52 minutes per episode
Original networkFrance 2 (France)
Original release25 January 2012 (2012-01-25)

After the success of the first season in its native France,[1] a second season was commissioned,[2] which premièred on France 2 on 1 October 2014 with 13.5% of the viewing audience.[3] While prime time viewing figures were disappointing, combining those with on-demand numbers led to a more stable audience.[citation needed] A third series was subsequently commissioned.[4] It was broadcast in France in October–November 2016.

In December 2015 it was announced that Spin would air in the UK on More4.[5] The show premiered on 8 January 2016 and the two existing seasons were broadcast consecutively on a weekly basis. The third and final season was broadcast in April–May 2017.

Synopsis Edit

Season 1 Edit

The President of France, visiting a striking factory in Saint-Étienne in the Loire, east-central France, is killed in a suicide attack. Presidential elections are announced for 35 days later and there is no doubt that the prime minister, Philip Deleuvre (Philippe Magnan [fr]), will run for the Élysée. But what few people know is that the Prime Minister knows more than he claims. This grand lie causes a return to business of Simon Kapita (Bruno Wolkowitch), a former spin doctor to the late president. Anxious to preserve the honour of his dead friend and some form of political ethics, this "man of the shadows" sets out to find a candidate who will be able to beat Deleuvre — who is being advised by Kapita's former protégé Ludovic Desmeuze (Grégory Fitoussi).

Cast Edit

Actor Character Description Appearances
1 2 3
Bruno Wolkowitch Simon Kapita Visage's and later Marjorie's Spin Doctor Starring
Grégory Fitoussi Ludovic Desmeuze Deleuvre's and later Carrère's Spin Doctor Starring
Philippe Magnan Philippe Deleuvre Desportes' Prime Minister; later Leader of the Opposition Starring
Emmanuelle Bach1 Apolline Vremler Journalist and ex-wife of Simon Kapita Does not appear Starring
Valérie Karsenti Starring Does not appear
Yves Pignot Robert Palissy Senator; later Marjorie's Minister of the Interior and Prime Minister Recurring Starring
Marianne Fabbro Juliette Kapita Simon and Apolline's Daughter; freelance journalist Starring Recurring Starring
Nicolas Marié Alain Marjorie President of France Recurring Starring
Carole Bouquet Elizabeth Marjorie Marjorie's wife; First Lady of France Starring
Nathalie Baye Anne Visage Desportes' Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Health Starring
Clémentine Poidatz Valentine Starring
Mathieu Barbet Marc Kajanef Webmaster Starring
Philippe Hérisson Jean Guénelon Deleuvre's Chief Cabinet Secretary Starring
Abdelhafid Metalsi Malik Gendre Head of Presidential Security Starring
Aure Atika Gabrielle Tackichieff Marjorie's Secretary-General of the Élysée Starring
Olivier Rabourdin Benoît Hussan Marjorie's Minister of the Interior Starring
François Berland Pascal Diot Marjorie's Chief Cabinet Secretary Starring
Stéphanie Crayencour Rose Sarfati Hussan's wife Starring
Laurent Lucas Maxime Beaugendre Marjorie's Prime Minister Starring
Rachida Brakni Clémence Parodi Marjorie's Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations Starring
Aïssatou Diop Lili Recurring
François-Régis Marchasson Petitjean Leader of the Parti Du Rassemblement Recurring
Smadi Wolfman Alexandra Marjorie's Spin Doctor Recurring
Sandra Choquet Claudia Recurring
Christiane Millet Isabelle Desportes Desportes' wife; First Lady of France Recurring
Patrick Harivel Desportes' Minister of the Interior Recurring
Jackee Toto Jamie Recurring
Serge Biavan Prat Head of Anti-Terrorism Recurring
Cyril Couton Pollster Recurring
François Dunoyer Pierre Desportes President of France Recurring
Jérémy Bardeau Arthur Frot Recurring
Hervé Pierre Marjorie's Prime Minister Recurring
Elisabeth Commelin Sonia Marjorie's Secretary Recurring
Lucien Rumiel Braun Rudolph Deleuvre's Parliamentary Assistant Recurring
Eric Herson-Macarel Editor of Mediamag Recurring
Peter Hudson Bakian Businessman and arms dealer Recurring
Stefan Godin Gaillaud Admiral Recurring
Anne Loiret Annie Vaneck Director of Directorate-General for External Security Starring
Marc Pierret Bataille Recurring
Anne Benoît Hélène Sacco Marjorie's Prime Minister Starring
Sophie-Charlotte Husson Anne-Marie Carrère MP for Hauts-de-Seine and candidate for President Starring

1 In series 1, Valérie Karsenti portrayed Apolline.

Episodes Edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)
222October 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)October 15, 2014 (2014-10-15)
321October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)November 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)

Season 1 (2012) Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Attack"
(French: L'attentat)
UnknownUnknownJanuary 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)
2"The Candidate"
(French: La candidate)
UnknownUnknownJanuary 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)
3"Aiming for the Centre"
(French: La conquête du centre)
UnknownUnknownFebruary 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)
4"The Witness"
(French: Le témoin)
UnknownUnknownFebruary 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)
5"The Rally"
(French: Le ralliement)
UnknownUnknownFebruary 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)
(French: Trahisons)
UnknownUnknownFebruary 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)

Season 2 (2014) Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Accident"
(French: L'accident)
UnknownUnknownOctober 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)
2"The War of Nerves"
(French: La guerre des nerfs)
UnknownUnknownOctober 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)
(French: Otages)
UnknownUnknownOctober 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)
4"The Spoon of the Devil"
(French: La cuillère du diable)
UnknownUnknownOctober 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)
(French: Chantage)
UnknownUnknownOctober 15, 2014 (2014-10-15)
6"The Exercise of Power"
(French: L'exercice du pouvoir)
UnknownUnknownOctober 15, 2014 (2014-10-15)

Season 3 (2016) Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Death on the Air"
(French: Mort en direct)
UnknownUnknownOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)
2"Woman in the Shadows"
(French: La femme de l'ombre)
UnknownUnknownOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)
3"Tabloid Politics"
(French: Politique People)
UnknownUnknownOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)
(French: Manipulations)
UnknownUnknownOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)
(French: Trahisons)
UnknownUnknownNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)
6"Game Over"
(French: Fin de partie)
UnknownUnknownNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)

International broadcasts Edit

Country TV network(s) Broadcast title
  Australia SBS Spin
  Bulgaria BNT В сянката на властта
  Denmark DR2 Spin[6]
  France France 2 Les Hommes de l'ombre
  Germany SET Spin – Paris im Schatten der Macht[8]
  Greece ERT Οι άνθρωποι του παρασκηνίου[9]
  United Kingdom More4 Spin
  Islamic Republic of Iran Ofogh Men of Shadow
  Israel yes "Men Of Shadows"

Recognition Edit

Year Award Category Name Result Ref
2012 Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels : FIPA d'or Meilleure interprétation féminine (séries)
Best female actor in a series
Nathalie Baye (season 1) Won [10]
2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Prix de la presse - Meilleure série française
("Press award for best French series")
Season 1 Won [11][12]
Meilleure mini-série
("Best mini-series")
Season 1 Nominated
Meilleur acteur (mini-séries)
("Best actor in a mini-series")
Bruno Wolkowitch (season 1) Nominated
2013 Globes de Cristal Awards Meilleur téléfilm ou série télévisée
("Best TV movie or TV series")
Season 1 Nominated [11][13]
2014 La Rochelle TV Fiction Festival [fr] Meilleure série (France)
("Best French series")
Season 2, episode 1 Nominated
2017 Globes de Cristal Awards Meilleur téléfilm ou série télévisée
("Best TV movie or TV series")
Season 3 Pending [14]

References Edit

  1. ^ Grégoire Poussielgue (3 February 2012). "Pari gagnant pour France 2 dans la fiction française" [A winning bet for France 2 in French fiction]. Les Échos (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  2. ^ Solange Brousse (28 February 2012). "La saison 2 des Hommes de l'ombre en cours d'écriture" [Season 2 of Les Hommes de l'ombre is being written]. Stratégies (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  3. ^ Kevin Boucher (2 October 2014). "Audiences : Blacklist leader devant Des racines et des ailes, Les Hommes de l'ombre revient en baisse" [Audience figures: Blacklist leads over Des racines et des ailes, Les Hommes de l'ombre returns with a fall in numbers]. PureMédias (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  4. ^ Romain Delacroix (15 October 2014). "Les hommes de l'ombre (France 2) : Une saison 3 est en préparation" [Les hommes de l'ombre (France 2): A third season is in preparation]. Télé Loisirs (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Introducing Walter Presents". Channel 4. 3 December 2015.
  6. ^ DR TV: Spin Linked 2016-02-24
  7. ^ a b Sylvie Thomas (September 2012). "The international success of French television series" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  8. ^ "Spin – Paris im Schatten der Macht". Sony Entertainment Television.
  9. ^ "Les Hommes de l'ombre (Οι άνθρωποι του παρασκηνίου) το Σάββατο 16/5 στις 20.00" (in Greek). Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation.
  10. ^ "Le 25e FIPA rend son verdict" [The 25th FIPA delivers its verdict] (in French). EITB. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Nominations et récompenses pour Les Hommes de l'ombre" [Nominations and recognition for Les Hommes de l'ombre]. AlloCiné (in French).
  12. ^ Jean-Maxime Renault (10 June 2012). "Festival de Monte-Carlo 2012 : Le palmarès des Prix de la Presse" [Monte-Carlo Festival 2012: Press Awards]. AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Globes de Cristal : Et les nommés sont..." [Globes de Cristal: And the nominations are...] (in French). 16 January 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Qui Sommes-nous ?". 21 June 2018.

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