The acclaimed show that launched Icelandic Noir onto our screens is back!
Trapped, the biggest series to hail from the lesser-known realm of Nordic Noir in Iceland, has been renewed for a new and chilling season. Prepare to return to the landscape that Chief of Police Andri (played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) calls a “beast” and “a dangerous place but at the same time there is a lot of beauty and mysticism”. We were enthralled by the first season of Trapped and now the climate of “mysticism” is forecast for a reprisal with season two in autumn 2018!
Following Trapped’s debut to global audiences at TIFF 2015, Deadline Hollywood highlights its impact to date:“Season 1’s 10-episode run broke records in Iceland for RUV, becoming the highest-rated series ever with an average 60% audience share. The Weinstein Co acquired U.S. rights to the series in Toronto last year. It has aired in the UK on BBC Four with over 1.2M viewers; on France 2, its first two episodes were seen by more than 5.7M; and in Norway, Trapped averaged over 500K viewers on NRK.” Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, head of TV for RUV and commissioning editor of the show, amplifies the praise of Trapped with The Hollywood Reporter: “This is thrilling news for us and our audience. Season one was nothing less than a phenomenon in Iceland, breaking every TV record possible and became the highest-rated series ever with an average rating of around 60 percent and over 90 percent share.”
After Trapped aired on BBC Four earlier this year, its presence resonated beyond the season finale. In our interview with Trapped creator and director Baltasar Kormákur, the filmmaker draws attention to the insurmountable success of the show: “Trapped is opening up a lot of prospects in television in Iceland which has never travelled internationally before. This is not bragging – it’s reality. I think Trapped has now generated more viewers abroad than with all Icelandic TV shows combined since it began in the 1960s.” Trapped has definitely elevated the status of the Nordic country for a filmic future: “Iceland is a very small country with a very small population, so I think there will be a lot more coming. We are just getting the freedom to become a bigger player in the industry.”
Deadline Hollywood also shared titbits of Kormákur’s plans to continue the series: “This story is far from over. There is a lot more to come, both story-wise and also concerning our lead characters, I guess we all want to get to know them a little bit better”. To keep us teased even more on tenterhooks, we are given an alluring, albeit ambiguous look at what’s in store: “Season 2 will follow the same lead characters as they examine an even more complex and challenging murder case.”
Trapped series two is produced by RVK Studios, RUV and Dynamic Television and is due to be released in autumn 2018 with a new 10-episode season. Check back here for more news on the UK air date.