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Allan Hawco and Joséphine Jobert star in CBC crime series set in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Joséphine Jobert
Joséphine Jobert played Sgt./DS Florence Cassell in the hit show Death in Paradise. Photo by Jennie Scott.

Consider it Death in Paradise—the northeastern version. In the winter of 2025, CBC TV will launch the new police procedural, Saint-Pierre, starring Allan Hawco and Joséphine Jobert. Set in the last French territory in North America, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, it features Hawco as a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary inspector named Donny “Fitz” Fitzpatrick. He’s forced to work in the archipelago after running into trouble on the Rock for scrutinizing a politician’s activities.

Hawco is best known for his role as hunky and rule-breaking private investigator Jake Doyle on Republic of Doyle. The Newfoundland-set comedy-action series ran from 2010 to 2014.

Jobert was born in Paris and rose to international fame as Sgt./DS Florence Cassell in the hit BBC comedy-murder mystery series Death in Paradise. The show was set in the fictional British territory of Sainte Marie in the Caribbean. Like her new program, Death in Paradise brought together francophone and anglophone characters because the fictitious Caribbean colonial outpost had previously been under French control.

In Sainte-Pierre, Jobert plays Deputy Chief Geneviève “Arch” Archambault, a former Parisian. Naturally, the two officers have contrasting approaches as they solve crimes in the tourist destination off the coast of Newfoundland.

Jobert Alan Hawco
Allan Hawco is one of the executive producers of Sainte-Pierre. Photo by Tim Leyes.

Jobert worked in French TV industry

Jobert is no stranger to Canada. She lived in Montreal for eight years, beginning at the age of 12. From 2008 to 2014, she worked on TV series in France before being cast in Death in Paradise.

Hawco is from Bell Island, Newfoundland. In addition to Republic of Doyle, his credits include Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Book of Negroes, and Caught. Hawco and Robina Lord-Stafford are the showrunners of Sainte-Pierre, which is produced by Hawco Productions in association with the global film and TV studio Fifth Season.

The executive producers are Janine Squires, Erin Sullivan, Perry Chafe, John Vatcher, Lord-Stafford, and Hawco. Fifth Season will oversee global distribution.

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Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

Toronto Spark editor Charlie Smith has worked as a journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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