Channel 4 has struck a deal with Nordic World to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the Norwegian foreign language series Mammon, which has been described as being in the same vein as All The President’s Men. The six episode series will air on More 4 in 2014.
Created by Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen, Mammon follows six days in the life of uncompromising journalist, Peter Verås (Jon Øigarden), who works for Norway’s most respected newspaper. Verås uncovers evidence of a financial fraud involving Norway’s political and financial elite – evidence that points to his own brother. He makes the fatal decision to pursue the story, which leads to his brother’s suicide. Verås then turns his attention to the anonymous tip that sparked the mystery, only to discover that the source was his brother himself. Bewildered and grief-stricken, Verås presses on – but the closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for him and his family. The drama series is produced by NRK Drama with Vegard Stenberg Eriksen serving as the producer.
The acquisition of Mammon comes shortly after Channel 4 acquired both seasons of foreign-language series Les Revenants, which went on to be a ratings winner for C4. Competition for foreign language series is heating up now that Channel 4 is back in the fray, directly competing with the likes of BBC Four and Sky Arts, both of whom have a strong reputation for acquiring high quality foreign dramas.
“With its compelling blend of political conspiracies and industry intrigue, and its examination of the damaging effects of chasing the story at all costs, Mammon is a complex, gripping and timely drama”, said Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer. “We’re thrilled to be bringing it to a UK audience.”
While Espen Huseby, CEO of Nordic World, added: “This deal with Channel 4, known for the high quality of its drama output, confirms what we felt from the moment NRK unveiled Mammon – that this is a brilliant, complex and compelling series with the potential to become a global hit. In Norway, Mammon is attracting huge audiences, pulling in some of NRK’s highest ever ratings for a crime series. We have every confidence that UK viewers will respond with equal enthusiasm.”