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New Scandinavian television series to be pitched next week

Several new Danish television series, including a third season of Follow the Money, are to be pitched by DR Sales at Cannes’ MIPTV next week.

One television drama in development is Liberty, which the Nordic Film and TV Fund reported onLiberty is a humorous and brutal portrayal of foreign aid emissaries whose idealism clashes with cultural differences and local resistance, revolving around two expat families in Tanzania in the 1980s. The central characters are the Knudsen family from Denmark and the Larsson family from Sweden. The drama series will air in Denmark in 2018.

Helene Aurø, Sales and Marketing Director at DR Sales mentioned that she hopes international buyers who loved series like Follow the Money and The Legacy will pre-buy series like Liberty. Is the international audience ready for non-Nordic Noir series like Liberty? We think so!

Liberty is produced by Karoline Leth for DR Fiction and is based on the first book from ‘The African Trilogy’ written by Danish author Jakob Ejersbo.

Other series being pitched at MIPTV include Malin Fors, a traditional Swedish crime drama, The Valhalla Murders, an Icelandic crime thriller, the second season of Norskov, a Danish crime series, Follow the Money season three, a political crime series, and State of Happiness, a Norwegian oil drama. So even if audiences aren’t ready to let go of their crime fix, there are still plenty of crime series coming from Scandinavia.

Which series are you most excited about?

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.