The first episode in which Kato wakes up bloody in hotel Beau Sejour reached the threshold of 1 million viewers on New Year’s day and added after a week of postponed TV 346.000 viewers more. The third episode was watched live by 1.255.094 Flemings and after three days of postponed TV the counter hit 1.424.437.
The creators of Hotel Beau Sejour are delighted: “We’re very happy and relieved with the enthusiasm from this many viewers”, director Nathalie Basteyns says. “We had hoped for it, but didn’t dare to expect it, because Hotel Beau Sejour is after all about a murdered girl who still walks around and is looking for her killer. It’s not an everyday concept. But we had always intended to make our ‘ghost’ as recognisable and human as possible, and that catches on. We’re grateful that Hotel Beau Sejour receives such a warm welcome and we hope the viewers stay fascinated by the mystery surrounding Kato’s murder.”
Hotel Beau Sejour will also be broadcasted starting March the 2nd2017 in France and Germany at ARTE. In both countries, the series will be dubbed, in Germany by the name of Zimmer 108. It marks the first time a Flemish series will be broadcasted on the renowned channel, which is known for purchasing qualitative fiction (The Killing, Borgen).
Hotel Beau Sejour
The series follows Kato Hoeven, a young girl who sets out to solve her own murder case. Her biggest obstacle: she’s dead. But if she’s dead, how come she still walks around? Nobody can see or hear her. Along the way she discovers 5 people still can see and hear her. Some of them she knows, others she doesn’t. What exactly happened on the night of her death? And why are there 5 seers, why them specifically? This raw, whodunit flirts with the barriers of reality and is set in a small village where a lot of secrets lie dormant under the surface. Lynn Van Royen (Marsman, Brothers United) plays the leading role as Kato. Other roles are filled by Johan Van Assche, Kris Cuppens, Inge Paulussen, Jan Hammenecker, Joren Seldeslachts, Barbara Sarafian, Reinhilde Decleir, Roel Vanderstukken and Maarten Nulens. Hotel Beau Sejour is written by Bert Van Dael (Clan, Rotkop), Benjamin Sprengers (Connie & Clyde) and Sanne Nuyens (De Vijfhoek, Dura Lex), and was directed by Nathalie Basteyns (Jes, Clan) and Kaat Beels (Swooni, Clan).
The series was funded by VAF/Mediafonds from Flemish Minister of Media Sven Gatz