DR, Arte take Rides Upon The Storm

Borgen creator Adam Price is behind a new faith-based drama for Denmark’s DR and French network Arte.

Adam Price

Adam Price

Herrens veje (aka Rides Upon The Storm) is described as a character-based story about two brothers and what happens when war and a number of personal conflicts hit a so-called ‘ordinary’ family.

It is produced by DR, SAM Productions, and SAM Le Français. The producer is Camilla Hammerich.

StudioCanal will handle distribution rights.

Two ten-part seasons have been ordered, with shooting due to begin in 2016. It will premiere in 2017.

BBC Four tracks down Follow the Money

BBC Four has picked up the latest acquisition to its foreign language drama slate.



Danish drama Bedraget (aka Follow the Money) is described as a thriller set in the world of economic crime, and comes from broadcaster DR – home to Forbrydelsen, Borgen, and 1864.

When a dead body is found in the sea near a wind farm off the coast of Denmark, Mads, the police detective assigned to the investigation, refuses to believe that it is just an accident. The deeper he digs, the more suspicious he becomes of quickly expanding energy company Energen and is drawn into a morass of financial and legal shady dealings.

The series stars Thomas Bo Larson, Natalie Madueño Wolfsberg, Esben Smed, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas.

The series was created by Jeppe Gjervig Gram. Other writers include Anders August and Jannik Tai Mosholt.

The executive producer is Anders Toft Anderson. It is made by DR and distributed by DR Sales.

ABC, DR take No Offence

Broadcasters in Australia and Denmark have picked up new Channel 4 crime drama No Offence.

No Offence

No Offence

ABC down under and Denmark’s DR have both acquired the police procedural, following deals with distributor FremantleMedia International.

Described as “crime on steroids” by the FMI’s CEO Jens Richter, No Offence sees a crack team of no nonsense coppers clamp down on crime in an attempt to keep the streets clean.

Created by Paul Abbott, it is produced by AbbottVision. The cast includes Joanna Scanlon, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, and Colin Salmon.

It debuts on Channel 4 on May 5.

Deutschland 83 wins best drama prize

Cold War drama Deutschland 83 has been named Best World Drama at the annual Séries Mania festival.

Deutschland 83

Deutschland 83

The series, produced by UFA Fiction for Germany’s RTL, follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as a 24-year-old East Germany native pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service.

The German-language drama is due to premiere in the US on SundanceTV on June 17, with other deals sending it to Canal+ in France, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, and RUV in Iceland.

The series was created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, and is executive produced by UFA Fiction’s Joerg Winger and Nico Hofmann.

Deutschland 83 is distributed worldwide by FremantleMedia International.

DR’s Nikolaj og Julie gets US remake

US broadcaster NBC is piloting a remake of Danish drama Nikolaj and Julie (aka Nikolaj og Julie).

Nikolaj og Julie

Nikolaj og Julie

The DR series, which debuted 13 years ago, has been renamed Love is a Four Letter Word, with Diana Son writing the series based on Søren Sveistrup‘s original show.

The series follows three couples whose modern marriages are put to the test.

The remake is produced by 20th Television and Fabrik Entertainment, with Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Kristen Campo executive producing.
Nikolaj og Julie won the Best International Drama Series Emmy in 2003.

Scandinavian networks buy into Deutschland 83

Cold War drama Deutschland 83 has been pre-sold into Scandinavia ahead of its launch in Germany.

Deutschland 83

Deutschland 83

SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, and RUV in Iceland have all acquired the series from distributor FremantleMedia International.

It was previously sold to SundanceTV, making it the first German-language series ever to air on a major US network.

The series is produced by UFA Fiction for RTL, which has slated its debut for this autumn.

Deutschland 83 is described as a suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s.

The story follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as a 24-year-old East Germany native pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service.

Created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, Deutschland 83 is executive produced by UFA Fiction’s Joerg Winger and Nico Hofmann.

Arte traps Wolf Hall

Arte in France and Germany has picked up period drama Wolf Hall.

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

It is the latest broadcaster to acquire the 6×60′ series, currently airing on BBC One, from distributor BBC Worldwide.

SVT in Sweden, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, and Australia’s BBC First have previously bought the show, while coproducer Masterpiece on PBS will air the series in the US.

Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies, follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), in the court of King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis).

The cast also includes Peter Kosminsky, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce, Colin Callender, Mark Pybus, and Peter Straughan.

It is produced by Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment.

BBC Worldwide’s drama slate also includes:

Banished (7×50′): From writer Jimmy McGovern, this series set in 1787 is based on the lives of the inhabitants of the first penal colony in Sydney. The cast includes MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt, David Wenham, and Russell Tovey. It is produced by RSJ Films and See-Saw Films for BBC First.

Critical (13×45′): This new medical drama penned by Jed Mercurio is set in a major trauma centre that only deals with the most serious cases. It stars Lennie James and is produced by Hat Trick Productions for Sky One.

Orphan Black season three (10×45′): Continuing the series about a woman who discovers she is a clone, starring Tatianya Maslany. It is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Canada’s Space.

The Interceptor (8×50′): A police officer is recruited by UNIT, the Undercover Narcotics Intelligence Team, a top-secret squad brought together to hunt down and bring to justice society’s most ruthless criminals. It is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One in association with BBC Worldwide.

Wallander (3×90′): Kenneth Branagh returns for a final season as Detective Kurt Wallander. It is produced by Left Bank Pictures, Yellow Bird, and TKBC Series for BBC One, coproduced with Masterpiece for PBS, and TV4 in Sweden.

Sky Arts turns up heat for 30 Degrees in February

Swedish drama 30 Degrees in February will land on Sky Arts later this month.

The UK network has acquired rights to the ten-part series, known locally as 30 Grader I Februari, which is set in Thailand where hundreds of thousands of Swedes descend every winter.

The story follows a group of people looking for their own escape amongst the sandy beaches and bustling towns of Thailand.

30 Degrees in February

30 Degrees in February

30 Degrees in February is produced by Fundament Film for SVT, and is distributed by Beta Film.

Sky Arts is continuing to build its slate of acquired foreign language dramas, with this latest addition joining Spanish period drama Grand Hotel, Israel’s Hatufim (Prisoners of War) and Italy’s Romanzo Criminale.

The network has also picked up season two of Danish drama Arvingerne (aka The Legacy), from broadcaster DR. It will air later this year.

EU networks roll out The Team

European broadcasters are preparing for the launch of a pan-continent crime drama described as a cross between The Wire and The Killing.

The Team, inspired by the work of Europol, tells the story of the people in the front line of fighting organised crime. Their work crosses European borders and is set in a shadowy world where drugs, money and even people change hands.

The Team

The Team

The story follows the members of a JIT (Joint Intelligence Team) as they unravel the tangled threads linking the murders of three young women in Denmark, Germany and Belgium.

The cast includes Lars Mikkelsen, Jasmine Gerat, and Veerle Baetens.

Produced by 11 organisations from eight countries, including six public broadcasters, the drama is also backed by the EU’s Creative Europe Media programme.

Those involved include Network Movie, ZDF, DR, Nordisk Film, Lumière, Superfilm, ARTE, ORF, SRF, SVT, and VTM.

It is due to air across all networks from this month.

Power builds New Worlds in Canada

Channel 4’s historical drama New Worlds is set to make its debut in Canada.

New Worlds

New Worlds

Super Channel has acquired rights to the series in a deal with distributor Power and is due to launch the series later this month.

Power has also closed a deal with pay TV network MNet for its feed across Africa.

The series, coproduced by Power and Company Pictures, has previously been sold to SBS (Australia), DR (Denmark), Sky TV (New Zealand), Chello Central Europe (Hungary), and HRT (Croatia).

New Worlds (4×60′ or 2×120′) is set in 1680s during the aftermath of the English Civil War, when King Charles II’s tyrannical rule has led to a climate of violence and fear in England and its American colonies. Amid the chaos, four young idealists fall in love as they commit to forging a fairer future with blood, passion and urgency. But to achieve this, they must be prepared to pay the ultimate price.

The series was created and written by Peter Flannery and Martine Brandt, and stars Jamie Dornan, Freya Mavor, Joe Dempsie, and Alice Englert.