Three new Nordic television series have received a total of NOK 6.8 million in funding from the Nordisk Film and TV Fond, which is one of the largest funding bodies that covers Scandinavia.
The first of those series is The Days the Flowers Blossom (De dagar som blommorna blommar), which is being produced by SVT drama and received NOK 2.3 million.
The Swedish mini-series will explore the theme of loss and how to handle it. The drama follows three families from the late 1970s to the present day, and we watch as they fall in love, experience loss and life shattering events, told through the eyes of three friends and former neighbours.
The series started filming in January and will air on SVT at the end of 2018.
The second series that received funding is the Norwegian series Helium, which was granted NOK 1.7 million. Produced for NRK Super, this series, which is aimed at 7-11 year olds, follows Martin, who wants to be as normal as possible but is embarrassed by his family, whom he thinks is mad. Martin falls in love with Dalia, but every time he goes to speak to her his voice sounds like helium. He tries to appear as normal as possible to Dalia and her family. But the more he tries, the further he pushes Dalia away. In the end, he has to take a leap of faith and trust that he is good enough as he is.
Helium will premiere on NRK Super in September 2018.
Lastly is the Norwegian series Kieler Street, which was granted NOK 2.8 million. This character-driven thriller series is about Jonas (Thorbjørn Harr, pictured), a former criminal who has assumed a new identity and lives in the least criminal town in Scandinavia, however the facade starts to fall apart when he realises several of the inhabitants have hidden identities. The series also stars Anneke von der Lippe (Eyewitness), Nicolai Cleve Broch (Acquitted), Johan Rheborg (Solsidan) Andrea Bræin Hovig (All the Beauty) and Janne Heltberg (Occupied).
Kieler Street is produced by Anagram Norway and directed by Patrik Syversen. Filming started last month.