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DRG adds ‘happy noir’ series

For Life is in production for NRK

UK-based distributor DRG has acquired rights to its third scripted series from Scandinavia this year in the form of Norway’s first police procedural.

For Life (8×60′) is being produced by Monster, Norway’s largest production company, for public broadcaster NRK.

Created and written by Gjermund S Eriksen (Mammon, Aber Bergen) and co-written by Helena Nielsen (Lilyhammer, Aber Bergen, Black Widows), it follows the story of a hardened National Crime Service investigator

The show tracks the investigator across two different timelines – in the present, where it’s her job to solve cases and put criminals behind bars, and in the future, where she is in prison. Every episode will feature a present-day, standalone case as its main story, along with new pieces to the continuing puzzle of why she is fighting for her freedom a few years down the line.

The cast includes Iselin Shumba (ZombieLars), Ingar Helge Gimle (Rekyl), Judy Karanja (Valkyrien), Hallvard Holmen (Magnus), Vidar Sandem (Mammon) and Mattis Herman Nyquist (Nobel).

Producer Håkon Briseid (Nobel, Borderline) said: “There are many brilliant Scandi Noir shows in the market, including Gjermund S Eriksen’s previous series Mammon, but we want to show that Nordic high production values and clever storylines don’t always have to be dark, gloomy and founded in fear and anxiety.

“For Life will also have joy, humour, warmth and hope – adding new layers of contrast to the episodic crime universe. In this way, we hope what we are terming a ‘happy noir’ approach can build a more complete emotional experience for viewers.”

Ivar Køhn, head of drama at NRK, added: “I believe the industry has been looking to Scandinavia for a new police procedural and For Life, which is Norway’s first, will make people sit up and notice. It’s got plenty of the core elements you would expect for the genre but we’ve mixed it up with an intriguing premise, dual timelines and a distinctive lightness of touch.”

The producers of For Life are Briseid and Bård Fjulsrud (Young and Promising, Borderline, The Retail Estate Agents). The series consultant is Sven Clausen, a former producer on NYPD Blue and executive producer for Nordic crime series Mobile Unit (aka Unit One). For Life has just gone into production in Norway and will be delivered to NRK later this year.

The series will be available to pre-buy at MipTV in Cannes next month. Along with DRG, the Norwegian Film Institute has also invested in For Life. Earlier this year DRG acquired fellow Scandi dramas The White Wall and 22 July.

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