It feels like today is a day full of news from Scandinavia. No real reason for that, but it’s always good to see new stuff from the region played out in the UK on various channels and streaming sites. One such show – that launches today – is from Norway and is called Acquitted (or Frikjent in its native Norwegian). It has been made available by Walter Presents today. Here’s what you need to know about it.
1 The 10-part series stars Nicolai Cleve Broch, Tobias Santelmann, Lena Endre, Ingar Helge Gimle and Synnøve Macody Lund. It was created by Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen.
2 When it launched in its native Norway last year, it became the country’s highest-rating drama ever. It was also the top trending topic on Twitter in the Norwegian region during its run.
3 It tells the story of successful business man Aksel Borgen (Broch) who returns to his home town of Lifjord to save an ailing local firm from bankruptcy. Despite being acquitted for the murder of his high school sweetheart, Karine, 20 years ago, Aksel is still haunted by his past and his return opens old wounds for the villagers.
4 One reviewer said: “It is easy to understand why Frikjent has piqued an international market. The series knows how to play on both Nordic noir- and existential drama strings. And it does it wrapped in exotic panoramas of circuitous paths and monumental fjordview – complete with a suggestive Highasakite tone added opening vignette.”
5 Alongside the bankruptcy story, there’s also the question of: who really did kill Karine all those years ago? Sounds like a Norwegian whodunit.
Acquitted: starts Friday 13th January, Walter Presents