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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The Institut Francais in London is to hold a festival showcasing the best of new productions from both sides of the Channel as well as European TV shows.

The cross-cultural organisation's second Totally Serialized season runs from 16th to 20th January, featuring big-screen showings, premières, and screenwriters, directors, and actors attending, including Hugh Bonneville and Jean Reno.

  • Première of the first episode of series 4 of the French murder investigation drama Spiral, introduced by actor Grégory Fitoussi who plays Deputy Prosecutor Pierre Clément in the show, which airs on BBC Four
  • Conversation with Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville
  • A night of Doctor Who fun with scary episodes, a masterclass with writer Toby Whithouse, fancy dress, music, a quiz, and mystery guests
  • Screening of the first episode of the mini-series Labyrinth, based on the multi-million-selling novel by Kate Mosse, followed by a panel Q&A with key creatives
  • World première of the crime series Jo attended by the show's star, Jean Reno
  • UK premières of the Scandinavian TV series Real Humans and French shows Rebound, Spin, and The Church Men
  • World première of the action thriller mini-series Flight of the Storks, directed by Jan Kounen
  • A panel on TV screenwriting with Jack Thorne (The Fades, This Is England), Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars), and French screenwriters
  • Comedy marathon of French and British sitcoms (The Thick of It, Peep Show, Kaboul Kitchen, Workingirls)
  • A screening of the first episode of Skins followed by a Q&A with the show's creator, Bryan Elsley