BBC Four secures rights to new Scandinavian comedy drama series, Lilyhammer

Lilyhammer is fresh, funny and offbeat - it makes a highly original addition to BBC Four's rich Scandinavian drama slate."Sue Deeks, BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition
Date: 06.02.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC Four; Drama
Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos) stars as New York mobster Frank ‘The Fixer’ Tagliano. After testifying against his Mafia boss, Frank enters the Witness Protection Programme and makes an unusual demand: he asks to be set up with his new life in the sleepy Norwegian town Lillehammer, which he fell in love with while watching the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Thrust into a town that has little crime but a very colourful group of inhabitants, Frank has to confront a totally alien lifestyle.

This new eight-part series set records when it launched in Norway last month, achieving the highest ratings ever for a drama premiere on NRK (Norway’s public broadcaster).

Richard Klein, Controller BBC Four says: “Lilyhammer mixes sharp wit and American big city ways with the beauty of the Norwegian mountains and folksy nature of a small town - a perfect combination for a razor-sharp drama about cultural mores. I am delighted the BBC Four has acquired this drama and I am sure our viewers are going to have a good time!”

Sue Deeks, BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition, who secured the deal adds: “Lilyhammer is fresh, funny and offbeat - it makes a highly original addition to BBC Four's rich Scandinavian drama slate.”

Henrik Pabst, Director of International Format Acquisition and Regional Sales Director Scandinavia, Benelux, UK says: “Wow! What a series! First the sale to Netflix and the outstanding launch in Norway – scoring an all-time high for a Norwegian drama series – and now to top it all off it will be airing on the BBC! It’s amazing how this series generated so much buzz so quickly. This demonstrates Lilyhammer’s quality and the appeal of the show’s terrific lead Stevie Van Zandt.”

Lilyhammer is produced by Norwegian production company Rubicon in association with SevenOne International. Directed by Simen Alsvik, Geir Henning Hopland, Lisa Marie Gamlem.

Starring Steven Van Zandt, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Kyrre Hellum, Sven Nordin, Anne Krigsvoll, Steinar Sagen. 8 x 45 episodes will feature English subtitles.