As we reach the halfway marker for this year we decided to put together a list of our 10 Nordic TV Series that have come out and we hope we will get to see in 2023.
Mister8 | Finland
Teemu Nikku’s Mister8 has already been aired in some places around the world, including Australia, but here in the UK we are still waiting to see if there might be a release date for the series which boasts an impressive Finnish cast that includes Krista Kosonen (Dogs Don’t Wear Pants), Pekka Strang (Tom of Finland), and Olli Rahkonen.
Teemu Nikku is the man behind the brilliant The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic and this new series follows Maria and her relationships, which are a tapestry of affection and unforeseen twists. She entertains a distinct companion for every day of the week, however, when Maria encounters Juho and love blossoms between them, the cruel reality dawns upon her – there is no eighth day in the week to accommodate their connection.
Blackport | Iceland
Set between 1983 and 1991, the narrative unfolds within the captivating backdrop of a quaint Icelandic village nestled in the Westfjords. The heart of the story revolves around Harpa and Grimur, a married couple who embark on an ambitious venture with their childhood companions: purchasing an aged trawler.
Together, they dream of establishing a modest fishing empire that promises prosperity. However, their harmonious journey takes an unexpected turn when the Icelandic government imposes stringent fishing quotas. The newfound restrictions inflict chaos upon their lives, igniting a bitter feud fuelled by envy, avarice, and treachery, threatening to dismantle the very fabric of their relationships.
This series was a huge hit in Iceland, winning many awards – but we haven’t heard a peep from it since. In fact when it comes to the UK and Icelandic TV Shows we have only really had Black Sands, The Minister, Entrapped, and Sisterhood available to us over the past year. It would great to see some more Icelandic shows being aired here – we are aware of it being on a streamer called TOPIC for those of you in the US!
Top Dog Season 2 | Sweden
We waited so patiently for the release of Top Dog and finally it got released to the UK thanks to the wonderful Walter Presents which made us very happy – and we were incredibly pleased that the series lived up to our expectations too.
The series returned this year and we can’t wait to see what is in store for Teddy (Alexej Manvelov) and Emily (Josefin Asplund) in this new season. You can get a tiny little bit of information from our interview with Josefin Asplund by following the link HERE
Exit Season 3 | Norway
Exit was a series we had heard so much about but didn’t have the opportunity to watch until this year when series 1 and 2 were released on Viaplay. Then we finally got the opportunity to catch up and saw what all the fuss was about – controversial, chaotic, hilarious, and terrible at times, the series has returned for a third season and we really hope we can get the opportunity to see it after its run in the Nordics.
Furia Season 2 | Norway
If you haven’t seen the first season of Furia yet, currently on Viaplay, we implore you to go and watch it. Fans of series’ such as Homeland will really enjoy this edge-of-your-seat thriller and news of its second season being released has definitely got us excited to see where this story is going to go!
The Fighter | Sweden
We can’t believe that we first spoke to director Alexander Therese Keining about The Fighter in April 2022 – well over a year ago and with there being no sign of the series yet on any platform that we follow which is a real shame. Madeline Martin (Breaking Surface) is a real talent and the series follows her as Lea as a boxer.
Here is what the director had to say about the series:
“What hooked me was the complicated soul and psychology of a boxer’s personality – the fierce discipline that is as destructive as self-defeating. Achieving the dream at any cost – through massive injuries and mental stress.
To put all on line for a title and a match. To train and push personal limits in shady environments with criminal and illegal intent. And often choose boxing over kids, family and friends. After practicing boxing over the years in many parts of the world, I have repeatedly come across this fascinating personality – regardless of nationality and gender“.
Lets hope someone picks this up at some point soon!
Carmen Curlers | Denmark
Mette Heeno’s Carmen Curlers has been an absolutely huge hit in Denmark and there has been some rumblings that Walter Present’s might be picking this up but is yet to be confirmed.
The series follows Axel Byvang (played by the brilliant Morten Hee Andersen) who begins to recruit women to help him share his new invention – the electronic hair curlers. Alongside him is a huge cast of recognisable faces which is almost too long to list here!
Threesome Season 2 | Sweden
Threesome’s second season should be due by the end of this year, over on Viaplay we believe, and we can’t wait to pick up where things left off from the previous season.
Kids in Crime | Norway
We have been very lucky to have previewed this series but we are absolutely hyped to see when it might land for International audiences so they can bear witness to Kenneth Karlstad’s absolutely bonkers series which sees Jaokb Oftebro as terrifying sword wielding drug dealer and three kids who get on the wrong side of both him and his drugs. Trust us when we say you will not have seen anything like this from the Nordic region.
Reindeer Mafia | Finland
I mean, it is all in the title really, isn’t it? There are not many series with such a name and the fact that it is based up in Finnish Lapland and follows the drug cartels on the borders makes this a really fascinating series to look out for – we are imagining a Sopranos with snowmobiles!
The series was only released earlier this year in Finland and Sweden so it might be a bit of a wait for the series but we got a feeling it might well be worth it – take a look at the trailer below and see what you think!
Which series are you most excited for and is there any we have missed out?