BBC Four announces brand new drama acquisition, Trapped

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.Cassian Harrison, Editor, BBC Four
Date: 27.04.2015     Last updated: 29.04.2015 at 17.07
BBC Four today continues to build on its reputation for acquiring the very best international drama with Trapped, a 10x60 drama series from Iceland.

A small town on the edge of Iceland, with a terrible secret buried in its past. A gorged and mutilated body is found in the fjord as a blizzard arrives with deadly force. No way in, no way out – Trapped.

Cassian Harrison, Editor, BBC Four says: “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.”

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

Trapped is based on an idea from Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, director of 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg and the upcoming film Everest starring Jake Gyllenhaal. It 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.

Kormakur is producing and directing. Baldvin Zophaniasson (Life In A Fishbowl) Óskar Þór Axel (Blacks Game) as well as Börkur Sigþórsson (Come To Harm) will also direct.

Trapped stars Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, True Detective) in the lead role and is joined by Bjarne Henriksen (Borgen, The Killing), Ingvar E Sigurðsson (Everest, K19 The Widowmaker), Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir (Virgin Mountain, White Night Wedding), Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (The Sea) and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Borgias, Fortitude).

The series is written by Sigurjón Kjartansson and Clive Bradley. The producers are Baltasar Kormakur and Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson. It is executive produced by Dynamic Television’s Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann.

Trapped was acquired as a pre-buy for BBC Four. It is being filmed in Iceland by RVK Studios and is distributed by Dynamic Television.

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