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Transporter: the Series

Transporter: The Series
English logo of the show
English logo
Based onTransporter
by Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
Developed byAlexander Ruemelin
Directed by
Theme music composerGeddy Lee
Alex Lifeson
Opening theme"Working Man"
Written by Rush
Arranged by Jamie Forsyth
Performed by Danielle Armstrong
Composer(s)Nathaniel Méchaly
Country of originFrance
Original English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Executive Brad Turner
Fred Fuchs
Timothy J. Lea
Susan Murdoch
Klaus Zimmermann
Production location(s)France, Canada, Germany
CinematographyDavid Herrington
Stephen Reizes
Editor(s)Roslyn Kalloo
Stephen Lawrence
Eric Goddard
David B. Thompson
Don Cassidy
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production Atlantique Productions
QVF Inc.
Original networkRTL (Germany)
M6 (France)
HBO Canada (Canada, English)
Super Écran 1 (Canada, French)
Picture formatHDTV
Audio formatSurround
First shown inGermany
Original release11 October 2012 (2012-10-11) -
14 December 2014 (2014-12-14)
External links
Official Website (French)
Production website

Transporter: The Series (French: Le Transporteur : la série) is an English-language French-Canadian action-thriller television series, a spinoff from the Transporter film series created by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, with Chris Vance taking over the role of Frank Martin for the series. It was co-produced by the French Atlantique Productions and the Canadian boutique entertainment company QVF, Inc. The series was broadcast by M6, RTL Television, The Movie Network, and Movie Central. Originally, HBO and Cinemax were involved,[1] but they dropped out in 2013.[2]

Twelve episodes were ordered in 2012 for the first season with an overall budget of US$40 million or EUR30 million.[1] The show premiered that year on 11 October in Germany on RTL, and on 6 December in France on M6. The Canadian premiere was on 4 January 2013 on HBO Canada and Super Écran 1 (with the first episode available online from 18 December 2012).[3] The series started broadcasting in India on 25 January 2013 on Sony PIX, and premiered in the United States on TNT on 18 October 2014. Twelve more episodes were ordered for season 2, which began production in Morocco in February 2014.[4] Season 2 premiered in Canada on 5 October 2014 on The Movie Network and Movie Central,[5] and in the United States on TNT on 29 November 2014.[6] On November 26, 2015, it was announced that the series was cancelled and would not be renewed for a third season.[7][better source needed]


The series follows the events and concept of the film trilogy, continuing the adventures of Frank Martin, a professional freelance courier driver for hire who will deliver anything, anywhere for the right price, and lives by three "unbreakable" rules, which he frequently breaks. Chris Vance takes over the role of Frank from Jason Statham and was joined in season 1 by Andrea Osvárt as his office manager Carla Valeri, Charly Hübner as mechanic Dieter Hausmann and François Berléand, the only returning actor from the film series, reprising his role as Inspector Tarconi.[8] The second season added Violante Placido as Caterina "Cat" Boldieu, his new booking agent. Unlike Carla, who did not return for the second season, Cat usually joins Frank on his adventures.[9]


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD & Blu-ray release date
Region 2
Season premiere Season finale Germany France
1 12 11 October 2012 (2012-10-11) 3 January 2013 (2013-01-03) 21 December 2012 (2012-12-21) 23 January 2013 (2013-01-23)
2 12 5 October 2014 (2014-10-05) 14 December 2014 (2014-12-14) N/A N/A


  • Chris Vance as Frank Martin, known as the Transporter: a professional highly skilled driver for hire. A former SAS and Special Forces operative, he offers his transporter services without asking any questions, to whomever is willing to pay his price. His code of conduct is very strict, his precision driving and his combat skills allow him to survive the most dangerous criminals throughout his missions. Very secretive, Frank trusts only a handful of people: his agent Carla, his mechanic Dieter, and a French police inspector named Tarconi. His circle of friends will grow with the arrival of Juliette, a mysterious woman interested in his work.
  • Andrea Osvárt as Carla Valeri (season 1): a computer expert, she assists in Frank's missions by negotiating with clients and providing him with information from an office in Nice.
  • François Berléand as Inspector Tarconi (season 1; recurring in season 2): Frank's reluctant police officer friend. Stationed in Nice, Tarconi has in the past investigated Frank. Now friends, Tarconi takes care of his house in Cap Roux when Frank's on a mission. Frank turns to him when he needs an official police intervention, but always in a way that Tarconi can deny any involvement with the Transporter. He maintains his status as an officer of the law but allows Frank to bend the rules somewhat.
  • Delphine Chanéac as Juliette Dubois (season 1): a DCRI agent investigating the Transporter network, while posing as Frank's beautiful and romantic neighbor. She is torn between her spying and her growing attraction for Frank. Earlier on in the project, the character was a reporter named Olivia.[8]
  • Charly Hübner as Dieter Hausmann (season 1 & season 2 premiere): a technology expert who helps Frank with his car. He is Frank's confidant and an unparalleled mechanic who repairs and modifies his Audi at will. Whether Frank needs special tires, suspensions or fake plates, Dieter is always there when Frank needs him.[10] Dieter is killed in the premiere of season 2.
  • Violante Placido as Caterina "Cat" Boldieu (season 2): a spy for French intelligence who first met Frank when he rescued her from captivity in North Africa. Now two years later, Cat has come to work for Frank[9] as his new booking agent.
  • Mark Rendall as Jules Faroux (recurring in season 2): a computer expert working for a rival transporter that crosses paths with Frank in the second-season episode "T2", Jules soon joins Frank's and Cat's team.
  • Dhaffer L'Abidine as Olivier Dassin (recurring in season 2): The cold-blooded Dassin is the second-best transporter in the world and Frank's rival and old nemesis. Frank is forced to team up with him to carry out the job.
  • Elyse Levesque as Zara Knight (recurring in season 2): A former UN Diplomat and Frank's love interest from the past who was presumed dead and was abducted by Dassin on the orders of an arms dealer called Burton. She has a son whose father, unbeknownst to him, is Frank.


The pilot was directed by long-time Lost director Stephen Williams.[8] Other directors working on the show include Bruce McDonald (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Queer as Folk) and Andy Mikita, known for working on several shows including Stargate Universe and SyFy's Sanctuary. The only writer who has been confirmed so far is Carl Binder, also a Stargate Universe alumnus.

Originally Canadian TV veterans Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie known for their work on Stargate Universe served as show runners, and co-wrote the pilot. According to The Hollywood Reporter they were replaced after two episodes by British director Steve Shill (Dexter, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Tudors) and Canadian veteran supervising producer Karen Wookey (Andromeda, Mutant X).[11] However, Shill left the project in January 2012 without an immediate successor in place.[12]

Shooting locations included Paris, Berlin, and Nice, however the majority of the filming was done in Toronto, Ontario.[13] In October 2011, filming on the series was halted after Chris Vance was injured in an on-set accident. The remaining scenes were supposed to be shot in Toronto during the spring of 2012.[12] The show was shot with Arri Alexa, Canon C300 and GoPro cameras.[14]

On November 26, 2015, it was announced that the series had been cancelled.[7]


Season Manufacturer Model
1 Audi A8 Security
1 Audi R8 (nicknamed Sofie)


The series started airing out-of-order on RTL in Germany on 11 October 2012 at a pace of one weekly episode in prime time on Thursdays with a TV-12 rating.[15] The show's run in the country concluded on December 20, leaving two episodes unaired.

In France the show started on 6 December 2012 on M6, also in prime time on Thursdays, but with a TV-10 rating and at an initial pace of three episodes per night for two weeks, followed by a "two new episodes plus one rerun" per night pace after a week-long hiatus, and concluded on 10 January 2013. Viewers were given the choice between watching the show in dubbed French or in its original English with optional subtitles, thanks to M6's dual audio streams. Season #2 began airing in France on 1 January 2015.

Transporter: The Series started airing on HBO Canada and Super Écran 1 (in dubbed French) on 4 January 2013 with a special two-hour premiere comprising the episodes Trojan Horsepower and Payback, after which one episode was broadcast weekly, Fridays at 9 PM. Prior to that, the episode Trojan Horsepower was available to watch for free on HBO Canada's website and various Canadians streaming services starting 18 December 2012.[3] Season #1 concluded in Canada on 15 March 2013. Season #2 began airing in Canada on The Movie Network and Movie Central, with back-to-back episodes, on 5 October 2014.

In Australia, it premiered on 20 March 2013 on FX.[16] In New Zealand, the show started on 13 June 2014 on The Box on SKY TV (New Zealand).

In UK, the show started on 12 July 2015 on Channel 5. In the United States, TNT announced in January 2014 that it had picked up Transporter: The Series,[4] and began airing the show with back-to-back episodes on Saturday, 18 October 2014. TNT's sister network through Time Warner, Cinemax was previously due to air the series, but at the Television Critics Association 2013 Summer Press Tour confirmed that they would end their involvement with the series without showing it after all.[2] The premiere of season #2 aired on 29 November 2014 on TNT, which immediately followed the completion of the airing of season #1 the week before.

Episode order and alternative versions

Confusingly, RTL in Germany, M6 in France and TNT in the U.S., have all aired the first-season episodes in different orders, as compared to those shown by HBO/SE1 in Canada and Channel 5 in the UK, which have been shown sequentially, as detailed below:

Season 1 episode ordering
Episode Prod. code[17] Canada, Dutch,
Netflix, et al.
French German U.S. UK
"Trojan Horsepower" 112 1 2 7 1 1
"Payback" 106 2 12 5 6 2
"The General's Daughter" (Pilot) 101 3 1 1 9 3
"Harvest" 104 4 3 2 7 4
"Dead Drop" 108 5 4 4 2 5
"Hot Ice" 109 6 9 8 3 6
"Give the Guy a Hand" 110 7 10 11 11 7
"Sharks" 103 8 5 6 4 8
"City of Love" 107 9 7 9 10 9
"The Switch" 105 10 8 3 8 10
"12 Hours" 102 11 6 12 5 11
"Cherchez la Femme" 111 12 11 10 12 12

It is unclear at this point what the "proper", intended order for the episodes is. Based on the chronology of events, the Canadian release most likely carries the correct order of episodes.[original research?] This is further supported by the fact that Flemish channel 2BE, Dutch channel RTL 5, and Netflix also air the episodes according to the Canadian order.[18] The German home video release presents the episodes as they were broadcast on RTL, adding the two unaired episodes ("Give the Guy a Hand" and "12 Hours") as episodes 11 and 12 respectively. It is unknown what order the forthcoming French and potential North American home video releases will reflect. It is however certain that unlike other shows, production order should not be followed, as "Trojan Horsepower" was the last episode to be shot yet features the first meeting between Frank and Juliette, two characters who interact in other episodes, and is also the episode where Frank first sees the red Audi R8 which appears in most later episodes. "Trojan Horsepower" served as the pilot episode in Canada and the United States, the second episode in France and the seventh in Germany; the latter two countries both aired "The General's Daughter" as the pilot episode, which had in fact been announced in the media as the pilot when production started.[]

In addition, at least some episodes reportedly have three different edits depending on the country of broadcast.[19]

DVD releases

On March 3, 2015, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1.[20] The complete second season was released on June 9, 2015.[21]


  1. ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (20 May 2011). "RTL Joins HBO's 'Transporter' Series as Co-Producer". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b "HBO at TCA: "Treme" to Return December 1; Cinemax Exits "Transporter"". The Futon Critic. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b Balen, Nicolle; McCorquodale, Owen (12 December 2012). "Transporter: The Series Revs Up on HBO Canada" (PDF). HBO Canada. Canada.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (23 January 2014). "TNT Acquires 'Transporter' Series For Fall". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Adrenaline-Fueled Original Drama TRANSPORTER - THE SERIES Returns on The Movie Network and Movie Central, October 5" (Press release). Corus Entertainment. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Transporter: The Series (TNT) - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Transporter: The Series: Cancelled; No Season Three". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Goldberg, Lesley (23 June 2011). "'Transporter': 'Lost's' Stephen Williams to Helm Pilot (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California.
  9. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (7 April 2014). "MIPTV: Italian Actress Violante Placido Joins 'Transporter - The Series'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (28 July 2011). "'Transporter' TV series casts three more". Digital Spy. United Kingdom.
  11. ^ Leffler, Rebecca; Vlessing, Etan (27 September 2011). "Will 'Transporter' Deliver?". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California.
  12. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan (20 January 2012). "'Transporter' TV series loses second showrunner in five months". Digital Spy. United Kingdom.
  13. ^ Vlessing, Etan (31 March 2012). "MIPTV: 5 Lessons Learned From 'Transporter' Flameout". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "Transporteur - la série bientôt sur M6, Episode 4 : Une histoire de caméras" (in French).
  15. ^ Transporter on
  16. ^ Knox, David (8 March 2013). "Airdate: Transporter: The Series". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Transporter The Series"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Attard, Thierry (5 January 2013). "TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES (M6)". Thierry Attard's Double Feature.
  20. ^ 'The Complete 1st Season' of the Series Spun-Off From the Film Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ 'The Complete 2nd Season' DVDs: Street Date, Price and Packaging! Archived 21 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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