MIRANDA AND MAX ARE BACK WITH BRAND NEW CASES OF THE MALLORCA FILES
DCs Miranda Blake (Elen Rhys) and Max Winter (Julian Looman) may be like chalk and cheese, but their partnership is a proven recipe for success. Following its successful first run on BBC ONE Daytime and BBC iPlayer the pair return to BBC screens this winter in a second 6 x 45” season of feel-good crime drama, The Mallorca Files. And with even more spectacular scenery and crime capers in store, the crime-fighting duo are once again ready to give crime a kick in the Balearics.
Following her decision to stay on the island, season two sees Miranda settling into her life on Mallorca; she’s even starting to enjoy a little ‘Mallorca time’. She’s come to terms with Max’s quirks (at least most of the time) and she’s even starting to build a rapport with Palma Police Chief Ines (Maria Fernández-Ache). In fact, her biggest short-term problem seems to be finding somewhere permanent to lay her head!
But crime doesn’t sleep in Mallorca, and now that the pair have proven their worth (and their partnership) to Ines, the duo find themselves allocated bigger, more sophisticated and more local cases. It’s not too long before Miranda and Max are investigating the murder of a world-famous Mallorcan opera singer; the devastating legacy of the Spanish Civil War; the stalking of a rising football star; childhood love and jealousy; bird smuggling; and an apparent parricide!
Of course, all these crimes are set against the breath-taking backdrops which showcase the stunning variety of Mallorca’s landscape: whether that’s the magical caves of Drax; the stunning wilds of Mallorca’s national park or the wild-western canyons in Mallorca’s interior.
As with the first season, each episode of the second series is a self-contained story, paying homage to the great film genres that many viewers will instantly recognise, such as The Big Sleep, City of God or The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; not to mention iconic western The Outlaw Jose Wales. This season also covers some hard-hitting contemporary themes, such as the ‘Me Too’ movement and civil war.
As well as key cast members Elen Rhys (DC Miranda Blake), Julian Looman (DC Max Winter) and (Police Chief Ines Villegas) reprising their roles, season two sees the return of Tabata Cerezo (Carmen Lorenzo) and Denis Schmidt (Christian). There’s some new faces in town too, as Palma’s police force gets not one, but two new forensic scientists: the morbid existentialist Roberto Herrero (Alex Haffner) and the ever-ebullient Rosa Luisa (Nansi Nsue) add to the breadth of characters inhabiting Palma’s police force.
This season of The Mallorca Files also provides British viewers with some well-known faces. Guest stars include Phil Daniels (Adult Material, Sliced, Quadrophenia); Josette Simon (Nightflyers, Broadchurch, Blake’s Seven); Craig Kelly (Trick or Treat, Queer As Folk) and Kacey Ainsworth (Grantchester, EastEnders). They are joined by international stars such Cristina Castaña (Toy Boy, I Can Quit Whenever I Want); Mar Sodupe (La casa. Monteperdido, I Know Who You Are) and Isabel Garcia Lorca, who are similarly embroiled in Max and Miranda’s island adventures.
The writing team from season one, spearheaded by Dan Sefton (The Good Karma Hospital, Trust Me), includes Sarah-Louise Hawkins and Dan Muirden and is further bolstered by established scriptwriting talents Damian Wayling (Riviera, Call The Midwife, Thanks For The Memories), Liz Lake (Riviera, EastEnders, Call the Midwife) and Tim Whitnall (Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story, The Hide). Dominic Barlow picks up the reins of The Mallorca Files as Series Producer while director Bryn Higgins is joined in season two by Christiana Ebohon-Green and Craig Pickles.
The Mallorca Files is a Cosmopolitan Pictures/Clerkenwell Films co-production for the BBC. Ben Donald and Murray Ferguson are executive producers, together with Dan Sefton.
The show will on BBC One Daytime in early February 2021 and all 6×45” episodes will drop on BBC iPlayer after the first episode airs.