Eyeworks’ new TV series The Twelve got off to a strong start on Sunday 3 November, and occupied the number-one spot on last week’s ratings charts. Close to 1.2 million viewers watched the first episode live on VRT’s channel Eén, with another 37,000 tuning in to VRT’s plus channel for the audio-description version.

Scripted by Sanne Nuyens and Bert Van Dael (Hotel Beau Séjour), and directed by Wouter Bouvijn, the 10-part series follows 12 ordinary people who are called for jury duty for a murder case as traumatizing as it is controversial: the respected headmistress Fri Palmers stands accused of two murders, one of whom is her own child. Gradually, as the trial gains momentum, it is not only Fri’s fate that hangs in balance but also the lives of the jury members who are shaken to the core. Each jury member’s reactions are based on his or own personal scars and life experience.

The series won Best Script at this year’s Canneseries, and was presented at CONNeXT where both Walter Presents and Canal+ announced the acquisition of the series for the UK and France respectively. Federation Entertainment, which represents The Twelve internationally, is expected to announce other major deals in the near future.

Following the airing of the first part, the entire series is now also available on VRT’s online VOD channel VRT NU.