BBC Four has acquired the rights to a new Scandinavian series, Lilyhammer. The series will air on Netflix in the United States later today and has already premiered on NRK in Norway and follows Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, a New York mobster who turns state’s evidence against his former crime family and enters the witness protection programme. After testifying against his boss, Frank makes an unusual request: that he be set up with his new life and identity in the Norwegian town of Lillehammer. The first season of the show runs eight episodes and stars Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos), Marian Saastad Ottesen, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Kyrre Hellum, Sven Nordin, Anne Krigsvoll and Steinar Sagen.
Speaking of the acquisition, Richard Klein, Controller BBC Four said, “Lilyhammer mixes sharp wit and American big city ways with the beauty of the Norwegian mountains and folksy nature of a small town – a perfect combination for a razor-sharp drama about cultural mores. I am delighted the BBC Four has acquired this drama and I am sure our viewers are going to have a good time!”