Nordic television series premiering in January

New year, new Nordic drama.

2017 has kicked off to a great start with three new Nordic television series premiering locally in Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The three series premiered on the 1st of January.

In Norway, the drama thriller Valkyrien debuted to an audience of 885,000 viewers. The series follows a frustrated doctor and conspiracy theorist who starts an illegal secret clinic in the abandoned Valkyrie station in Oslo’s underground. He opens the clinic with the goal of investigating until he finds a cure for his dying wife, while his partner sees it as a good alternative to what he sees as a corrupt health industry.

Valkyrien recieved positive reviews with 5/6 ratings in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet and 4/6 in VG and Aftenposten. The series is directed by Erik Richter Strand and stars Sven Norlin and Pal Sverre Hagen.

In Denmark, the third season of The Legacy premiered to 1.25 million viewers, a particularly amazing feat considering Denmark suffered from a TV signal breakdown on New Year’s Eve. In season 3 of The Legacy, Trine Dyrholm directs two episodes on top of her performance as Gro, one of the four heirs.

Last but not least, there’s a new Icelandic crime series on the screen. Prisoners is a six-part drama about a women’s prison was initiated by Versturport actresses Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir and Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir. The TV show tells the story of Linda who is sent to serve time in Iceland’s only women’s prison for a vicious assault that leaves her father in a coma. No-one knows that she harbours a dark secret that could tear her family apart, a secret that could also secure her freedom.

The series premiered to 100,000 people, which means one in three Icelanders watched the series.


We’ll keep you updated on international releases of these television series.

Info via the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. 


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.