A very dangerous love triangle in a stylish new thriller

A very dangerous love triangle: An English charmer teams up with two French detectives to chase villains – and each other – in a sexy, stylish new thriller

  • UK actor Jamie Bamber stars as Harry King in new show Cannes Confidential
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He’s handsome, suave and funny, with skeletons rattling in his closet and a cubbyhole full of false passports. 

He wears made-to-measure suits, rides a vintage Triumph motorbike and takes his spirits shaken, not stirred.

Meet the mysterious Harry King, played by British actor Jamie Bamber in new crime caper Cannes Confidential. 

This stylish series sees the well-spoken Englishman team up with female detectives Camille Delmasse and Lea Robert to nail villains on the French Riviera, playground of the rich and home to superyachts and the glamorous film festival.

Remarkably, Cannes Confidential is the first English-language TV drama to be filmed entirely in Cannes and follows a commitment from the makers of the show to put the city centre stage. 

Harry King (pictured), played by Jamie Bamber, is the mysterious Englishman at the centre of stylish new series Cannes Confidential 

In the six-part series, Harry King (pictured) joins forces with female detectives Camille Delmasse and Lea Robert to nail villains on the French Riviera

‘We told the Cannes mayor we didn’t just want to use the city and its iconic landmarks as an open-air studio, we wanted Cannes to be a character in the story,’ explains executive producer Patrick Nebout. 

‘It means we get to show locations that are rarely seen on screen, such as the stunning Sainte-Marguerite island and its spectacular 17th-century fortress.’

Wherever there’s money there’s murder too, and the series delves into Cannes’ dark underbelly. 

‘We focus on the city’s glitzier side, like La Croisette, where the film festival is held, but also on the grittier parts such as the docks,’ says Jamie Bamber.

Not that it’s all work and no play. There’s a growing attraction between Harry and Camille, which may scupper Lea’s own romantic plans. 

‘She’s had a crush on Camille since before Harry arrived and sees him as a rival,’ says French actress Tamara Marthe, who plays Lea. ‘Just watch the sparks fly as the series unfolds!’

And according to Patrick Nebout, the sexual tension wasn’t just on screen. The three lead actors took part in ‘chemistry’ read-throughs together in Paris (the series is filmed in English then dubbed for French TV), so producers could see if they’d hit it off. 

‘And they did,’ says Patrick. ‘There were definitely sparks in the air when they were reading.’

 There’s a growing attraction between detective Camille Delmasse (pictured), played by Lucie Lucas, and Harry King 

Jamie, the Strike Back star seen recently as businessman Archie Hughes in BBC1’s Beyond Paradise, says he hopes viewers will buy into the sizzling atmosphere between Harry, Lea and Camille. 

‘In fact, I think viewers need to fall in love with all three main characters. It’s our job to make that happen.’

The layers of Harry’s past life are slowly peeled back during the six-part series, including his relationship with a young girl whose picture he keeps close by his side.

‘It’s the same with Cannes,’ says Jamie. ‘In the show the city is slowly giving up its secrets. It’s a metaphor for Harry’s character – what he shows of himself and what he hides beneath his charm.’

Patrick Nebout says there’s a touch of Roger Moore about Harry King too. ‘I think there’s an incorporation of the lighter, more comedic side that Roger brought to James Bond and The Persuaders.’

Jamie likens the series to something a little more recent than The Persuaders, the 70s adventure series Moore starred in with Tony Curtis, which was also shot partly in Cannes. 

‘There’s an 80s vibe about Cannes Confidential so maybe something comparable would be Moonlighting, with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, where there was also sexual tension between the two main characters,’ he says.

There’s more animosity than attraction when Harry first meets Camille, however.

Love triangle: Detective Lea Robert (pictured), played by Tamara Marthe, has had a crush on colleague Camille since long before Harry arrived on the scene

‘They get off to a very difficult start,’ reveals French actress Lucie Lucas, who plays the beautiful detective. 

‘Camille blames Harry for making her drive her beloved sports car into a fire hydrant on La Croisette and matters are decidedly frosty. 

‘But gradually things start to thaw, especially when Camille realises Harry can be useful in solving crimes – and also with a huge problem relating to her beloved father.’

The death of a celebrated graffiti artist, a murdered monk, a billionaire needing protection and an alleged curse on a famous conductor all feature in the series, with the film festival the setting for episode six.

And there’s plenty of action amid the spectacular scenery too, with Tamara and Lucie undergoing intense training sessions ahead of filming. 

‘We had both self-defence and combat lessons and mine were especially full-on as my character is less of an academic police officer and more comfortable in the field capturing criminals,’ says Tamara. 

‘I picked up some bruises, but I wanted the fights to be realistic.’

  • Cannes Confidential, weekly from Monday, Acorn TV.

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