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Viaplay orders English-language Swedish/Irish thriller as latest original series

The latest international original from Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group-owned streamer Viaplay has been revealed as an English-language series from Sweden and Ireland.

Filippa Wallestam

Currently filming in Ireland, six-part drama North Sea Connection stars Sinéad Cusack and will premiere on Viaplay and Irish pubcaster RTÉ in 2022.

Set against the backdrop of Ireland’s west coast, the story follows Ciara, who has to confront the dramatic consequences of her brother Aidan’s decision to transport drugs at sea. Threatened by a cartel and with a Swedish police officer closing in, Ciara’s plans lead her family into a series of unpredictable and dangerous events.

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group’s chief content officer, said: “The combination of high-stakes drama, top talents on both sides of the camera and, of course, a Nordic twist gives this series the ingredients of a top-drawer thriller. Viaplay’s storytelling knows no borders, and with its unique setting, North Sea Connection will be a compelling addition to our fast-growing international slate.”

The series is executive produced bu Jess Pope, Christian Alveborg, William Diskay and Jonas Fors at Nordic prodco MOPAR Studios; Jon Petersson at NENT Group, David Crean at RTÉ; and Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan for Ireland’s Subotica. Nell Green is producing the series, with A+E Networks International handling global distribution.


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