Icelandic drama heading to the UK

Nordic Noir TV has confirmed that the BBC has acquired the rights to a new Icelandic drama called Trapped. This will make it the first Icelandic crime drama to air on the channel.

From Nordic Noir TV:

The upcoming ten-part series will centre on a small town in Iceland, which becomes home to a devastating crime scene. After a mutilated body is found in the local area, a blizzard soon arrives trapping its Icelandic natives.

Trapped sees Danish actor Bjarne Henriksen return to the Nordic screen after starring in the first series of The Killing as devastated father of Nanna Birk Larsen, Theis. Henriksen stars alongside Icelandic-American actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson who appeared in the renowned crime series True Detective (2014-).

Set and filmed on location in Iceland, Trapped is directed by native filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur whose previous works include American films Contraband (2012) and the critically acclaimed Icelandic drama The Deep (2012).

BBC head, Sue Deeks, has stated: “A truly gripping storyline, stunning Icelandic setting and renowned feature film director Baltasar Kormákur was a combination impossible to resist. I am certain that BBC Four viewers are in for an absolute treat.”

Whilst popular and praised foreign crime series like Crimes of Passion and Hostages have aired on BBC Four, as well as the upcoming Danish drama 1864, Trapped marks the first from Iceland.

An launch date for Trapped on BBC Four is still to be confirmed.

– Source


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. Rosie says:

    Thank you for letting me know about this, it sounds really good, I’ll look forward to watching when it airs. I’m still missing Krister Henriksson’s Wallander, thank heavens for DVDs 🙂 Best wishes x

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