Finland’s pubcaster to make first Finnish/Spanish series

A new Nordic Noir series is coming, thanks to a new mix between Finnish and Spanish TV.

The series, titled The Paradise, is produced by the Finnish pubcaster YLE together with Spain’s Mediapro. The series is being developed by YLE’s Head of Drama Jarmo Lampela and Bordertown writer Matti Laine, and are developing the project alongside Mediapro’s Ran Tellem and David Troncoso. The project marks the first time ever that a Spanish production company has collaborated side by side with a Finnish channel.

But what is the series about? Well, it’s set among the Finnish community living in Fuengirola (pictured) on the Costa del Sol, the largest group of Scandinavians outside Scandinavia. Their peaceful existence is interrupted by a series of crimes that can only be resolved thanks to a joint collaboration between the Finnish and Spanish police forces.

This isn’t YLE’s first tackling of the Nordic Noir collection of television. YLE’s major international crime series Bordertown co-produced by France’s Federation Entertainment was a hit on YLE1, with a record 1.1m viewers for its premiere. A second season is in development.

Spanish group Mediapro co-produced with Sky, HBO and Canal+ the premium drama The Young Pope starring Jude Law.

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.