Back to school XXL for TF1 which relies on the move upmarket of its fictions

(AFP) – Mini-series on the Gregory affair, 10 years of “The Voice”, qualifying matches for the Blues for the 2022 World Cup … TF1 promises an XXL comeback and is betting in particular on the move upmarket of its fictions to the time for increased competition with platforms.

Building on the successes of last season, in particular that of the HPI series – which attracted up to 12 million viewers, replay included, a record for a series since 2005 -, the channel will draw its “richest” offer in terms of novelties, the most varied in terms of genres and the most daring in terms of subjects “, according to its program director, Fabrice Bailly.

On the menu, some twenty new French fictions, including many adaptations of foreign series or literary works, six new international series, including three co-productions.

From Thursday, viewers will find HPI star Audrey Fleurot alongside Arnaud Ducret in “Mensonges”, a psychological thriller adapted from the British series “Liar”.

The biggest front page cartridge will follow, “Une Affaire française”, a collection of mini-series inspired by major criminal cases, the first season of which will be devoted to the Grégory affair, with Guillaume de Tonquédec, Gérard Jugnot and Michaël Youn.

There will be added “Fugueuse”, adaptation of a Quebec series on adolescent prostitution, with Michaël Youn and Sylvie Testud, or also the thriller “Syndrome E”, inspired by the novel by Franck Thilliez with Vincent Elbaz, Richard Bohringer and Emmanuelle Béart.

– “Without taboo” –
Sure value of the chain, Muriel Robin will play a mother in search of her missing daughter in “My Angel”.

TV side, other societal themes will be “treated without taboos but with delicacy”, according to the director general of content, Ara Aprikian, such as gender dysphoria in “He is she” or sexual violence in sport in “Stolen service “, adapted from the book by tennis player Isabelle Demongeot.

On the foreign series front, the front page puts on “The Undoing”, a thriller worn by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, a year after the relative failure on its antenna of another HBO series with the Australian actress, “Big Little Lies “, as well as on the American series” La Brea “and German” Sissi “.

The channel, which had partnered with Netflix for “The Bazaar of Charity”, renewed the experience with “A Perfect Mother”, a series co-produced with the German channel ZDF starring Julie Gayet and Tomer Sisley.

Enough to be patient before the arrival on the air at the end of 2022 of the “Combattantes”, a large production taking place during the First World War with always Audrey Fleurot, produced and directed by the “Bazar de la charité” team.

– “All-round competition” –
“We are doing our utmost because we are facing competition from all directions” explained Ara Aprikian, anxious to push content upmarket – without quantifying the cost – for a more demanding audience who found themselves more in front of the small screen during the health crisis.

“We want to defend the TV media by revitalizing it” he added, while TF1 plans to merge with M6.

Few innovations to report on the other hand among the entertainment, the chain capitalizing on its big machines.

In addition to the 20 years of “Koh-Lanta”, celebrated since Tuesday, the channel will celebrate the 10 years of “The Voice” with an “All-Stars” edition which will bring together the candidates who marked the show.

“Dance with the Stars” will return after two years of absence due to Covid-19 and Camille Combal will present a new version of “A family in gold”.

Sport will also bring its share of meetings in football with the qualifying matches of the Blues for the World-2022, shared with M6, the return of the final of the Champions League, the women’s football Euro … But also in handball, with the women’s world and men’s European championships broadcast on TF1 and its little sister TMC.

The season will obviously be marked by the presidential election, the group relying on its news, a wider place given to information on LCI, the impertinence of Nicolas Canteloup or even the flagship program of TMC Quotidien.