The BBC has obtained the rights to the new French action drama, Dark Hearts, from Newen Connect, to be aired on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.

Starring Marie Dompnier (from Witnesses), Thierry Godard (from Spiral), and Nicolas Duvauchelle (from Braquo), this six-part series is set in Iraq on the eve of the battle for Mosul in October 2016. It revolves around an elite French Special Forces unit with the mission of extracting the daughter and grandchildren of a high-ranking ISIS leader. This operation aims to extract crucial information from him regarding an impending terrorist threat in the region.

The series is helmed by Academy Award nominee Ziad Doueiri (known for The Insult).

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, says: “Not only is Dark Hearts a gripping mix of action drama and espionage thriller, it also gives a fascinating insight into the lives of a close-knit elite military unit who know that every mission could be their last.”

Leona Connell, Chief Commercial Officer at Newen Connect added: “Newen Connect is pleased to be continuing its relationship with the BBC, building on the previous successes of shows like The Promise, to bring UK audiences the first international broadcast of Dark Hearts.”

This series, comprising six episodes of 52 minutes each, was conceived and scripted by Dang Thai Duong and Corinne Garfin (known for The Bureau), and produced by Gilles de Verdiere of Mandarin Productions.