I don’t normally relay news stories that deal with finances or corporate shenanigans, but I’m going to (a little bit) right now. Why? Because Finland seems to be pretty much the only Nordic nation that has missed out on our screens. I have a soft spot for the country – it’s a genuinely amazing place – and have waited for a crime drama to come along that would sit along the recent imports from neighbouring nations like Sweden, Norway and Denmark (as well as Iceland). It seems that moves are afoot to boost drama output, and we finally have one drama that has a good chance of making it over to the UK.
Nordic Film And Television Fond reports that YLE – the Finnish national broadcaster – has earmarked an extra €20m for development and acquisition. The article quotes Ville Vilén, Yle Head of Creative Content, who said: “TV drama is in a golden age internationally, and Finnish content is comfortably on the bandwagon. Together with Finnish production companies, we want to create new hits, including for the international market.”
Good news, then. The big Finnish drama that everyone’s talking about is Bordertown, which is being touted around at the big TV festivals. It’s a 12-hour drama that premiere in Finland this Sunday.
In Bordertown, Ville Virtanen stars as detective Kari Sorjonen, who moves his family to a small town on the Finnish/Russian border for a nice quiet life. But soon he finds himself on the trail of a serial killer.
Sounds good and I want to see it in the UK. BBC4, are you reading?