Yes, we love a bit of Finnish crime drama here at The Killing Times, and it’s great to see the country making more and more of it.
Two more that may be joining the likes of Deadwind and Bordertown are Arctic Circle, Sherlock North, Hard Diplomacy and Bullets.
Deadline reports that both will be shown at the upcoming MIPCOM TV festival in Cannes.
Bullets is a female-fronted, twist-laden thriller and political drama. Starring Krista Kosonen (Blade Runner 2049) as an Intelligence Agency officer who must work out why presumed dead ex-terrorist Madina Taburova, played by Sibel Kekilli (Game of Thrones) turns up in Helsinki.
Meanwhile, Arctic Circle is a ten-part crime drama starring Iina Kuustonen and Maximilian Brückner that centres around a weaponized sexual virus that threatens a remote Arctic town. Inspector Nina Kautsalo, played by Kuustonen and virologist Thomas Lorenz, played by Brückner, must hunt down the killer spreading the virus and uncover the conspiracy behind its cure.
Elsewhere, MTV3 is developing Hard Diplomacy, from Fire Monkey, a ten-part series featuring a rogue U.S. ambassador and a shady Finnish engineering genius, whose plan to make a fortune with an illegal data collection stalls when a bomb goes off during the U.S. president’s visit to Helsinki, while Germany’s Nadcon Film, run by The Bridge producer Peter Nadermann, is co-producing The Emperor following the rise and fall of most powerful and colorful narcotics cop in Finland.
Finally, two of Finland’s greatest international hopes are in their early stages. Sherlock North is based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1903 short story The Adventures of the Empty House, which sees the British detective travel to the Nordic region after faking his own death at the Reichenbach Falls. Using the fake identity of Sigerson and on the run from Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes finds himself solving crimes in northern Finland.
It all sounds good stuff. More news etc.