12 November 2015
| 7.7/10 |
29 October 2015
| Jean-François Halin
Hugo Becker, Christophe Kourotchkine, Wilfred Benaïche, Mathilde Warnier, Joséphine de La Baume
Hibana (Spark), UFOs: The Best Evidence, Gentlemen & Gangsters, Baron Noir, Call My Agent!
A Very Secret Service (French: Au service de la France) is a French comedy-drama series created by Jean-François Halin and produced by Gilles de Verdière. It was commissioned by Arte where it premiered in 2015, and was later distributed worldwide by Netflix on 1 July 2016.
A Very Secret Service Wikipedia
In 1960, young André Merlaux eagerly accepts a cryptic summons to take a position as a trainee officer with the French Secret Services (based on the Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage). He will be watched over by the operations director Moïse, and reluctantly mentored by senior colleagues Moulinier (in charge of African affairs), Jacquard (Algeria), and Calot (Eastern Bloc). It is the height of the Cold War and the position of France as a Great Power is in crisis, faced with independence challenges from the African colonies, above all the fight over the independence of Algeria. French society is changing at home as well, with a rising counterculture exemplified by growing feminism and New Wave cinema.Hugo Becker as André Merlaux
Wilfred Benaïche as The Colonel
Christophe Kourotchkine as Moïse
Mathilde Warnier as Sophie
Karim Barras as Jacquard
Bruno Paviot as Moulinier
Joséphine de La Baume as Miss Clayborn
Marie-Julie Baup as Marie-Jo
Antoine Gouy as Lechiot/Gomez
Principal photography took place between October 2014 and February 2015 in Île-de-France and Morocco.
The series recalls OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies in style and tone, although it is slightly more serious (writer Halin also helped write the OSS 117 films, and Les Guignols). The show uses historical events as background or foreground for its action, similar to Mad Men (such as the Algerian war of independence and the first French nuclear test, Gerboise Bleue).
Arte's president of fiction, Olivier Wotling, confirmed a second season to Le Figaro's TV Magazine on July 3, 2016.