New Swedish crime drama has huge local opening

A new Swedish crime series titled Before We Die has premiered to 1,410,000 viewers, with an excellent share of 43.2% for the first episode.

The drama opened with stronger numbers than SVT’S Midnight Sun, which had 1,391,000 viewers last October.

The ten-part series stars Marie Richardson as Hanna, a police officer and fading star in the organised crime unit of the Stockholm Police. Her son (Adam Pålsson) has cut all ties with her because she was the one who caused his arrest. When her lover and colleague Sven (Johan Hedenberg) is abducted, Hanna must take over his undercover investigation of a criminal biker gang as well as protect an infiltrator. To prevent a brutal takeover in the criminal underworld, she must fight for her son’s life and break another family to save her own.

Before We Die was co-written by Niklas Rockström (Thicker than Water) and Wilhelm Behrman (Four More Years), with Simon Kaijser (Don’t Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves, Life in Squares)as creative director. The series was produced by B-Reel, in co-production with SVT, ZDF and Stockholm Film Region-Mälardalen / Film Capital Stockholm, with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond. ZDF Enterprises handles world sales.

No international release has been announced.


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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.