New Norwegian crime series to be set on the Canary Islands

A new Norwegian crime series called Crimeshare has chosen the Canary Islands as its setting.

The series will be set in the mid 1990s and is based on the real-life story of Bjørn Lyng (pictured), a Norwegian entrepreneur who decided to construct the most luxurious timeshare complex ever built on the Canary Islands. The plan goes awry when it attracts the attention of John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer, a notorious British mobster whose own designers threaten to destroy Lyng’s dream. It hopes to differentiate itself from the other Nordic Noir series because of its blue skies and tropical setting.

Crimeshare is produced by Anagram Norway. The production company received the story from Lyng’s own son-in-law, who’d married and lived on the Canaries before moving back to Norway.

It will be presented at the Co-Pro Pitching Sessions at Series Mania next month. Anagram’s Ole Marius Araldsen and co-creator Anne Kolbjørnsen are working on a pilot script and hope to begin shooting in 2019.

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.