The dearly departed are poised to reappear when French drama THE RETURNED – one of the critics’ best series of 2013 – makes its highly-anticipated Canadian debut Saturday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET following the Season 2 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK, exclusively on Space. Breaking conventional zombie stereotypes, this acclaimed eight-episode, one-hour drama is set in an idyllic French alpine village where the lives of its residents are forever changed when the previously deceased inexplicably come back to life, and try to integrate themselves into their former lives. Directed by Fabrice Gobert and Frédéric Mermoud, THE RETURNED is based on the 2004 feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. Winner of 2013 International Emmy® Award for Best Drama series, THE RETURNED was acclaimed as “one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows” by The Independent. The original French-language version of THE RETURNEDwill air on Space, sub-titled for English audiences.
In THE RETURNED, in a small French mountain town, a group of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they do not know, is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As “the returned” struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead, as their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders, which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.
In the premiere episode, “Camille” (Saturday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET), after having died several years ago, Camille (Yara Pilartz) and Simon (Pierre Perrier), mysteriously reappear at their homes, throwing their loved ones’ lives into a state of turmoil. Meanwhile, single nurse Julie (Céline Sallette) receives a visit from a strange little boy. The premiere of THE RETURNED follows the Season 2 return of award-winning Space original drama ORPHAN BLACK, (April 19 at 9 p.m. ET).