The clocks have gone back, Halloween is done, and it’s the countdown to Christmas! But before the festivities begin, there are some exciting new Nordic shows to watch. We bring you what’s on offer in the coming weeks…
The Unlikely Murderer
Netflix | 5th November
It seems that Netflix is not done with us yet when it comes to Nordic drama this year and The Unlikely Murderer is the first of a couple of new series coming our way in November!
The Unlikely Murderer is an adaptation of Thomas Pettersson’s 2018 book sharing the same title. The limited series will be in five parts and focuses on a fictional story about of Stig Engström who was named as the likely murderer of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme but somehow managed to escape without a sentence.
We have had true crime series come to the forefront this year, as well as our standard fictional crime series – but this one is interesting because it blurs the lines between an incident that happened and creates a fictional story around it. This exciting and unique storytelling is done by the same writers behind Caliphate (a previous Nordic hit for Netflix).
Robert Gustafsson (The Truth Will Out) is joined by an incredible ensemble cast which looks like an absolute joy. There will be so many faces you might recognise but we picked out a few to look out for: Joel Spira (Thicker Than Water), Magnus Krepper (The Bridge), Shanti Rooney (Snow Angels), Eva Melander (Border), and that is just naming a few!
Walter Presents on All4 | 12th November
Witch Hunt is less about terrifying women on broomsticks and more about the world of law firms.
The Norwegian series sees its lead star Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Westworld) play Ida, a trusted CFO in a major law firm who finds a suspicious invoice land on her desk for €450,000.
She starts to discover that there is something illegal going on, but she’s torn between her loyalty to the firm and her co-workers, and her morals, reputation, and the consequences that might befall her if she does not go along with the situation.
The series is created by the writers behind 2018’s Golden Bear-winning film Utoya: July 22 and lead star Ingrid won Best Actress at Norway’s Golden Screen awards for her role in the series Westworld.
The series has been a long time coming and has had a lot of great reviews from Scandinavia so we are really excited to see that Walter Presents has got hold of this one and look forward to watching it!
Walter Presents on All4 | 19th November
We are particularly excited about this series, which will help kickstart your December with more quality drama on Walter Presents. The Swedish crime drama Partisan focuses on the seemingly perfect gated community of Jordnara, an organic farm growing vegetables.
But when a new truck driver comes to the community he begins to suspect that things are not all they seem and very soon people’s agendas are called into question.
The series stars Fares Fares (Westworld) as the lead protagonist Johnny and features a cast including the likes of Johan Rheborg (Kamikaze), Linus Wahlgren (Backstrom), and a newcomer, Pelle Hallstrom.
The series had pulled in one of the highest ratings on Viaplay when it was released, it then went on to perform at Canneseries where perhaps was where it caught Walter’s attention. We can’t wait for it!
Netflix | 28th November
Now from what we have read so far on this new series, you don’t want to go mixing this one up with something Christmassy.
From what we have learned about the series it focuses on a family trying to reconnect over Christmas on a remote Danish island only to find that the habitants are a religious community trying to live in peace with… elves. When the daughter brings home a baby elf, everything is thrown into chaos.
The cast includes some familiar faces such as Ann Eleonora Jørgensen (The Killing), Peder Thomas Pedersen (Darkness: Those Who Kill), Rasmus Hammerich (Equinox), and a talented upcoming star Vivelill Søgaard Holm (Resin).
The series is Danish and comes from the creators behind The Rain and directing duties are with Roni Ezra. We don’t know too much more than that to be honest with you but given the run that Netflix has had this year, we are putting this high on our watch list, and having seen some stills from the series – this isn’t going to be a kids programme!
The Witcher (Season 2)
Netflix | 20th December
We know this isn’t something from the Nordic region, but we have to put it on your radar because if you are a fan of the series you will be excited to hear about a few recognisable faces joining this season’s series.
Amongst the fantasy of magic, monsters, and swordplay, you can expect to see The Bridge‘s Kim Bodnia, Game of Thrones‘ Kristofer Hivu, and Monster actress Agnes Born will also be making an appearance.
Header image: Witch Hunt
At the time of publishing, these were the current set release dates but things do sometimes change and move. If they do, we’ll update the post.
What are you looking forward to most?
Feature by Alex Minnis