New Nordic Dramas on BBC Four

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It has been confirmed that BBC have acquired the rights to two brand new dramas, both of which will air on BBC Four.

The first entitled Trapped will be a ten-part series that follows a remote Icelandic town that becomes home to a devastating crime. After a mutilated body is found in the local area, a blizzard soon arrives trapping its Icelandic natives. marking the first Icelandic crime drama to air on the UK broadcaster.

Along with Trapped, the Beeb have also acquired the latest Danish series from DR – producers of The Killing, Borgen & The LegacyFollow the Money. This brand new eco-crime thriller explores a world of corporate crime in which a group of powerful business leaders reside. When a dead body is found near a local wind farm, police inspector Mads is assigned to the job, refusing to believe that it was an accident. Follow the Money stars Thomas Bo Larsen who appeared in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (2012) and Festen (1998). Larsen also stars alongside Natalie Madueño Wolfsberg, Esben Smed and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing III, The Keeper of Lost Causes).

Trapped marks the first Icelandic crime drama to air on BBC and sees Danish actor Bjarne Henriksen return to the Nordic screen after starring in the first series of The Killing as devastated father of Nanna Birk Larsen, Theis. Henriksen stars alongside Icelandic-American actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson who appeared in the renowned crime series True Detective (2014-) and is directed by native filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur whose previous works include American films Contraband (2012) and the critically acclaimed Icelandic drama The Deep (2012).

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Whilst popular and praised foreign crime series like Crimes of Passion, Hostages and soon-to-be-aired 1864 Trapped marks the first from Iceland.

BBC head, Sue Deeks, has stated: “A truly gripping storyline, stunning Icelandic setting and renowned feature film director Baltasar Kormákur was a combination impossible to resist. I am certain that BBC Four viewers are in for an absolute treat.” Whilst “Follow The Money is a stylish, intelligent, thought-provoking and complex multi-stranded drama. Following on from The Killing, Borgen and 1864, we are delighted to have another superb series from DR on BBC Four.”

An launch date for Trapped on BBC Four is still to be confirmed.