Launched last year in the United Kingdom, the English mini-series “Le Mystère Kendrick” landed on TF1 on December 16. However, she was inspired by an exciting docu-series that Netflix is crazy about.
The Kendrick Mystery: A Broadchurch Plot
A horrible drama, a long-drawn-out investigation, David Tennant in the lead role… On paper, The Kendrick Mystery has many similarities with Broadchurch. We remember, in fact, the British detective series which had unleashed passions from its launch in 2013. The plot of this mini-series of 4 episodes promises to be just as intense.
Thereby, The Kendrick Mystery follows Tom Kendrick who suffers a real tragedy when his wife and 3 daughters perish, following a fatal fire. The only survivor, this village doctor nevertheless becomes the number 1 suspect since autopsies reveal that his family was drugged before the incident.
The Kendrick Mystery shows that once again, TF1 seems to have a certain love for British television productions. Indeed, after having adapted Rebecca (the French version of Marcella) or even Lies (French adaptation of Liar), the first channel in France therefore broadcasts this mini-series created by Daisy Coulam and broadcast from January 10 to 31, 2020 on Channel 4.
A docu-series as a source of inspiration
Docuseries focusing on crime have become very popular in recent years on Netflix. Indeed, we remember in particular Making a Murderer which was a real success on the American platform. Since then, docu-series have arrived in shambles on Netflix. One, in particular, was able to inspire The Kendrick Mystery : The Staircase.
Launched in 2004 under the title Suspicion, the mini-series created by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade retraced the trial of Michael Peterson convicted of murdering his wife, when the latter had initially died of a fall from the stairs. When an autopsy revealed signs that she had been beaten, Peterson was then charged, despite his daughters maintaining her innocence throughout the trial. After launching eight episodes in 2004, the documentary series is enriched with two new chapters in 2013, and three final in 2018. These will be broadcast on Netflix that year.
Daisy Coulam also told Radio Times that this documentary had marked him:
You walk through a house, and all is calm. You say to yourself, “This incredibly violent thing happened over there.” That kind of calm and the natural way they talk about things, including people who have passed away … We wanted to capture that same vibe.
The creator of The Kendrick Mystery further reported in that same interview that the character played by David Tennant was, in part, inspired by Peterson, in the way he divides people on the question of his innocence.