Two new English-language Finnish series in production

Three companies have signed up to support two new English-language Finnish television series, nordicfilmandtvnews.com reports.

The trifector of television support includes the Nordic streaming service Viaplay, the Icelandic production company Sagafilm and the Finnish investor IPR.VC. Together they are on board for Cold Courage and S.O.S (Sands of Sarasvati). The two series have quite a lot in common; namely contemporary socio-political issues.

Cold Courage is a crime series based on the first book in the ‘Studio’ series by Pekka Hiltunen, who won Finland’s 2012 Clue Award for Best Detective Book. Three books have been published with a fourth planned, and the British writer David Joss Buckley (Hinterland, Casualty) has adapted the books for television. The series will follow two Finnish women and a multicultural team of specialists who risk their lives to solve the crime that the police can’t (or won’t?) handle. The series channels the ‘political chaos’ of Europe and how ordinary people are able to challenge the big powers.

The series will start production in 2018 and will film in London, Finland, Germany and Belgium.

S.o.S is also based on a novel. Based on the book of the same name by sci-fi writer and scientist Risto Isomäki, UK writer Brendan Foley has adapted the series. It’s an action-adventure eco-thriller where ordinary people team up to halt a series of climate change events that could destroy the world. By using clues from ancient history and combining them with modern science technology, the SoS team starts to advance their cause as their personal lives go further off the rails.

The two premium dramas will be produced by seasoned producers Markku Flink (Devil’s Bride, Miss Blue Jeans) and Pauli Pentti (Naked Harbour), former assistant director to Aki Kaurismäki.  Flink told nordicfilmandtvnews.com that he hoped S.O.S will be like the Borgen of climate change television. 

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.