The series “Tapie” (Netflix) wins the award for Best Foreign Series at the Bafta TV

The series “Tapie” (Netflix) wins the award for Best Foreign Series at the Bafta TV
The series “Tapie” (Netflix) wins the award for Best Foreign Series at the Bafta TV

Sunday, during the Bafta TV ceremony, the French mini-series “Tapie” created a surprise by winning the prize for best foreign series.

This production by Netflix, which traces the destiny of businessman Bernard Tapie, who died in 2021, triumphed over television heavyweights, such as “Succession”, “The Bear” or even the phenomenon series with Pedro Pascal, “The Last of Us”. It was Laurent Lafitte who had the difficult task of donning the costume of “boss”.

A big congratulations to the mini-series Tapie which won the prize for Best Foreign Series at the Bafta TV”welcomed the streaming platform Netflix on its X account.

A controversial biopic

Series “Tapie“, baptized “Class Act” in English version, aroused strong reactions upon its release. Launched on Netflix in September 2023, it was the subject of criticism from the Tapie family, who had not given their consent for its production.

Dominique Tapie, Bernard’s widow, denounced: “They took liberties with events, with our lives, which have nothing to do with reality.“His son, Stéphane Tapie, also expressed his dissatisfaction, regretting in particular the choice of actors and screenwriters.

The businessman’s youngest daughter, Sophie Tapie, also criticized the series on Instagram: “Knowing that he had verbalized before his death that he was against this series… Which shows that disrespect has no limits. I am even more shocked that the series is the initiative of Tristan Séguéla, a family who has been friends with the Tapies for 40 years”.

Seven episodes to retrace the life of the former Minister

Directed by Tristan Séguéla and Olivier Demangel, the series retraces in seven 50-minute episodes the major stages of the businessman’s life, from his beginnings as an entrepreneur to his political career through his troubles with the law.

If the series was able to seduce the Bafta TV jury, it continues to divide opinion. Some praise its artistic quality and its ability to captivate the public, while others criticize its somewhat too romanticized approach to reality.

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