Creator of ‘Midnight Sun’ working on new English-language series

The Swedish television creator Måns Mårlind has announced he is working on a new, English-language thriller set in Berlin.

Called Shadow Play, the series will be set immediately after the Second World War, and will focus on the American police officer Max McLaughlin who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. He sets out to take down ‘Englemacher’ Gladow, the Al Capone of post-war Berlin. At the same time, he takes on a secret crusade to find his missing brother, who is killing ex-Nazi’s in hiding. Max is also unaware that he is being used as a pawn in what is the very beginning of the Cold War. This sure is a lot to pack into an eight-episode series!

Production still start next spring.

Måns Mårlind is known for being the creator of the Swedish/French co-production Midnight Sun. He also wrote some episodes of the hit Danish/Swedish television series The Bridge. Mårlind will write alongside Midnight Sun directing partner Björn Stein.

Technical Info

Shadow Play is being produced by Germany’s Tandem Productions and Canada’s Bron Studios, with Studiocanal TV handling world sales. Germany’s ZDF is co-producing alongside Scandinavia’s streaming service Viaplay, Canal+ in France and Poland, and NPO in Holland. 


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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.