BBC Four Acquires Icelandic Drama ‘Trapped’

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BBC FourBBC Four is adding another foreign language drama to their Saturday night line up. The channel has pre-brought the first run UK broadcast rights to Icelandic drama trapped after striking a deal with international distributor Dynamic Television.

Trapped follows the murder of an unidentified man in small town near an Icelandic fjord, which is cut off from the outside world after a powerful blizzard. No way in, The series is based on an idea by Baltasar Kormákur and is produced by RVK Studios.

According to the Beeb, the 10 episode series has the distinction of being the first Icelandic drama that BBC Four has acquired. The cast includes Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective), Bjarne Henriksen (The Killing), Ingvar E Sigurðsson (K19 The Widowmaker), Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir (White Night Wedding), Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (The Sea) and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude).

“BBC Four leads the way with international drama, drawn from a broad range of different countries, and I’m very pleased to be bringing this compelling, atmospheric thriller – our first from Iceland – to the channel”, said Cassian Harrison, BBC Four’s Channel Editor.

“A truly gripping storyline, stunning Icelandic setting and renowned feature film director Baltasar Kormákur (Everest) was a combination impossible to resist”, added Sue Deeks, the BBC’s Head of Acquisitions. “Trapped will be our first Icelandic drama series and I am certain that BBC Four viewers are in for an absolute treat!”

  • David Jørgensen

    Not the first Icelandic show on BBC Four, though. Næturvaktin was on a couple of years ago.