BBC Four has acquired the UK rights to Norwegian drama Wisting starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Richie Campbell and Sven Nordin after striking a deal with international distributor Banijay Rights. The series will premiere later this year.
Wisting is set in Norway and follows homicide detective William Wisting as he wrestles with the most challenging and shocking case of his career: a wanted American serial killer preying amongst them. Two FBI agents are brought in to help Wisting and his team apprehend the infamous killer who has eluded capture for years.
Meanwhile, Line – Wisting’s intrepid journalist daughter – is chasing headlines, leading her straight into the path of the serial killer. Suddenly, an old case comes back to haunt Wisting, and a dreadful accusation is hurled at him. How will Wisting save other lives when he finds himself suspended and fighting for his own reputation, career and life? The ten episode drama series, which was created by Katrine Valen Zeiner, is produced by Cinenord in co-production with Good Company Films, Viaplay, Degeto Film, TV3 Norway and Ripple World Pictures.
This deal with Banijay comes mere days after the BBC also acquired Scandinavian true crime drama The Investigation, both of which are expected to air in BBC Four’s Saturday night foreign drama slot. “Wisting has already been a tremendous success in the Nordic countries, and we have no doubt that BBC viewers will be equally engaged by such a likeable, emotionally complex lead character, and a compelling plot full of twists and turns”, said the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition Sue Deeks.
While Chris Stewart, Banijay Rights’ Commercial Director for Scripted, added: “Wisting is a multi-layered drama. that is sure to keep BBC audiences in suspense throughout. It’s a classic cat and mouse thriller interwoven with some scintillating character performances from a stellar cast. I’m sure the UK viewers will enthusiastically embrace this fantastic screen adaptation.”