New French drama series, The Last Panthers, will premiere on SBS later this month.
The six-part series starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt is inspired by the notorious Balkan jewel thieves the Pink Panthers.
Co-created and written by Jack Thorne (Skins, This is England, A Long Way Down, Glue, The Fades) and directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Bates Motel) it also features David Bowie’s Blackstar as its theme song.
The thrilling series features 3 different languages (English, French and Serbian) and delivers full-blown action, big emotion, cinematic vision and storylines worthy of a Greek tragedy. The show’s original theme song is written and recorded by the late David Bowie – the first time Bowie had contributed to a film or television show in more than 20 years.
The gripping series, which is based on real events, stars Golden Globe Award winner Samantha Morton, César Award winner, Tahar Rahim and Oscar nominee, John Hurt. The show’s concept came from an idea by celebrated French Journalist Jérôme Pierrat, and the stories were developed through years of research and the testimonies of former Pink Panther gang members, the police who hunted them, the insurers and the drug-dealers of Marseille.
A daring jewel heist bears all the hallmarks of the notorious ‘Pink Panthers’ gang but with one tragic difference: the death of a little girl sets off a chain of events across Europe. A British insurance loss adjuster (Samantha Morton), her nefarious boss (John Hurt), a French-Algerian cop (Tahar Rahim) and a Serbian gang member (Goran Bogdan) are placed on a dangerous collision course. The trail of diamonds leads to gun trafficking, spiralling backward to Bosnia during the dark days of the Balkan conflict, and through webs of corruption between Marseille, Belgrade and the high-finance capital of London. The united Europe of organised crime is evolving and a new breed of criminal has emerged – the ‘Banksters.’
Thursday, 31 March at 9.30pm on SBS.