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Finland’s ‘Sherlock North’ picked up by Viaplay

The upcoming Finnish television series Sherlock North has been picked up by the Nordic streaming service Viaplay for international distribution.

Sherlock North is based on the 1903 short story The Adventures of the Empty House from author Arthur Conan Doyle. The story is about British detective Sherlock Holmes who travels to the Nordic region after faking his own death at the Reichenbach Falls. Using a fake identity, Sherlock finds himself solving crime in the Finnish Lapland.

The ten-part series is being produced by Snapper Films, which is based in Helsinki and the U.S. No release details have been announced.

Sherlock North is just one of many exciting television dramas coming from Finland over the next two years. The country has been front and centre at MIPCOM in Cannes promoting the upcoming high-end television content that we should be seeing very soon. This includes not just Bullets (read about it here) but also:

  • Arctic Circle, a ten-part crime drama about a weaponised sexual virus that threatens a remote arctic town. Inspector Nina Kautsalo (Kuustonen) and virologist Thomas Lorenz (Maximilian Bruckner) must hunt down the killer spreading the virus and uncover the conspiracy behind its cure.
  • Perfect Commando, a comedy about a young, spoiled hipster from California who thought he was going on a five-star holiday with his girlfriend but ends up training to be a commando. The series is described as Finland’s answer to Swedish Dicks.
  • The White Wall, an ambitious series from Finnish public broadcaster YLE, which is about a mysterious white wall found deep underground at the mining site of the world’s largest nuclear waste depository.
  • Invisible Heroes, a Finnish/Chilean co-production that focuses on Tapani Brotherus, an officer for the Finnish Embassy in Chile during the Pinochet coup in 1973.
  • The Peacemaker, a ten-part drama that centres around a team of peacemakers who are sent to resolve international conflicts.
  • Hard Diplomacy, a ten-part series featuring a rogue U.S. ambassador and a shady Finnish engineering genius, whose plan to make a fortune with an illegal data collection stalls when a bomb goes off during the U.S. presidents visit to Helsinki.

In short, Finland is looking to be the next big thing when it comes to Nordic television!

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.

  1. A Finn myself says:

    P.s. Please, don’t use this picture with the Norwegian fjords in the background! There’s another one with the real arctic hills of Finnish Lapland.

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