As the popularity of Danish TV drama continues, ITV3 is attempting to cash in with the acquisition of Those Who Kill, a crime series by author Elsebeth Egholm.
The success of BBC4 shows The Killing and political drama Borgen (currently airing) suggest the appetite for Danish drama has not diminished, and here to take over where Sarah Lund left off – ITV3 will be hoping – is Inspector Katrina Ries Jensen, played by Laura Bach.
Unlike The Killing’s dogged detective Lund, who concentrates on just a single case, Ries Jensen heads up a police unit that investigates a number of crimes during the course of the series.
But in common with The Killing, Those Who Kill (known in it’s native language as Den Som Draeber) is based in the Danish capital Copenhagen and also co-stars Lars Mikkelsen, who played mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann in the BBC4 show.
The deal with distributors Trust Nordisk looks set to bring Those Who Kill to ITV3 in the coming weeks, although it is still unclear whether the channel has bought the 6 x 90-minute version of the show or the 12 x 45-minute cut.
It will be a rare acquisition for ITV3, which generally offers only archive content, but a similar model to that arranged by BBC4 would make it an attractive proposition. The first series of The Killing is rumoured to have cost the channel just £1,200 per episode but pulled in audiences of up to 600,000, with Borgen currently exceeding that.
Those Who Kill was produced for just £9.5 million and drew a record share for Danish public broadcaster TV2 when it aired last year.