BBC4 picks up Swedish series

British pubcaster BBC4 has acquired a new Scandinavian drama series at MipTV, C21 reports.

The series is called Black Lake (Svartsjøen in Swedish) and comes from Jarowskij, who also produced Welcome to Sweden. Currently sitting at 6.4 on IMDb, Black Lake is described as a horror/thriller and stars Filip Berg and Sarah-Sofie Boussnina. It premiered in Sweden and Denmark back in October 2016.

The series follows a group of friends and an unsettling chain of events that are set into motion when they visit an abandoned ski resort, which had been the scene of horrific crime years ago. Remote and neglected, Black Lake has been closed for years. Johan invites his friends there on a test trip, with the idea of reopening the resort. They are soon gripped by a series of disturbing experiences. On the very first night, Johan’s girlfriend, Hanne, is woken by a sickening thudding noise coming from the cellar. The landlord refuses to let them investigate. It turns out the resort was closed after a family were found dead, strangled. One by one, members of the group wake with bloodshot eyes following nightmares of being strangled. With fear and danger spiralling, Hanne becomes convinced that supernatural forces wish them ill. Who can be trusted? Who will survive?


“It’s great to take BBC4 viewers back to Sweden with this ingenious new take on the mystery thriller from a country whose acclaimed drama output continues to captivate and entertain us,” said Cassian Harrison, channel editor, BBC4.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.