Baptiste on BBC will be coming to a close this evening as Julien Baptiste (played by Tchécky Karyo) cracks his toughest case yet. The dogged detective’s limp has been gaining plenty of attention yet again. The Missing explained how Baptiste got his limp in the season finale of the season one finale. BBC viewers, however, are still wondering whether Tchécky Karyo really has a limp or if it’s a trait unique to the character of Julien Baptiste. Episode six, called Into The Sand, airs tonight (Sunday, March 24) on BBC One at 9pm.
Does Tchécky Karyo really have a limp?
Unlike Baptiste, actor Tchécky Karyo does not have a real-life limp.
In fact, he has previously revealed that he struggles to remember which leg is the one he should be limping with.
“I have to remember which leg it is,” he told HuffPost.
However, the limp has become completely associated with the Turkish actor.
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He added: “Whenever I get into a cab, they ask me, ‘how’s the limp?’”
The Times further confirmed the actor does not limp in an interview.
They wrote: “When I meet Karyo at a hotel in Soho, London, he appears exactly as Baptiste, minus the limp.”
The limp is a crucial part of the character, however, as The Times explains: “Like Hugh Laurie’s Dr Gregory House in the medical drama House, the hobbled leg is a physical impediment bestowed on Baptiste as a constant reminder to viewers that he isn’t superhuman.”
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How did Julien Baptiste get his limp?
WARNING: This section contains spoilers for The Missing
In episode six of The Missing, we discovered how Baptiste got his limp.
Throughout the series’ 2014 timeline, Baptiste had been shown with a limp, but it was never explained where he’d got it from.
However, in that episode of the series in a flashback set in 2006, a dodgy cop slammed his leg into a car door.
The dodgy cop doesn’t appear in Baptiste, however, with the BBC series welcoming a number of new characters to the cast.
Barbara Sarafian who plays Martha stars in Baptiste, Talisa Garcia portrays Kim Vogel, and Claire Calbraith stars as Claire.
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Detective Ziane (Saïd Taghmaoui) had been in prison in the present timeline in The Missing, and it was revealed that this violent act was why he had been locked up.
Baptiste had previously discovered that Ziane had been giving evidence in the case to Malik Suri (Asher Ali), a journalist.
In Baptiste, the character not only has his limp but he is also recovering from a brain tumour.
The Missing series two ended with him going into surgery and Baptiste follows him in Amsterdam as he tries to recover.
Baptiste concludes at 9pm on BBC One tonight
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