Sky Arts snaps up Scandi Noir drama The Legacy

Sky's highbrow channel beats BBC4 at its own game by landing the rights to the ten-part Danish drama


Brooding Nordic Noir drama is coming to Sky Arts for the first time after the channel won the UK rights to Danish television drama The Legacy (Arvingerne).


In the first such signing for the channel, Sky is understood to have seen off the attentions of BBC4 for the ten-part drama, which takes place following the death of progressive internationally-renowned artist Veronika Grønnegaard (pictured above) and follows the fortunes of her four children (below), whose distinctive upbringing has affected their lives in very different ways.

According to Sky, the “division of Veronika’s estate also marks the beginning of a journey into a complex set of secrets and lies for her four children”.

“At Sky we know great drama is something our customers feel passionate about” said Sky Arts director James Hunt, who confirmed an autumn transmission date for the series.

“Sky Arts is the home of critically-acclaimed foreign language dramas from Italy, Israel, France, Portugal and Spain, and now, with its award-winning pedigree, acclaimed production team, director and cast, we’re extremely excited to bring this brilliant and gripping Danish drama to the UK exclusively for the first time.”

The first episode of The Legacy is being screened at Nordicana 2014, the UK’s only festival of Nordic fiction and film, which takes place on 1 and 2 February at the Old Truman Brewery, London.

The cast of The Legacy includes Trine Dyrholm, Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Carsten Bjørnlund (The Killing), Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Marie Bach Hansen and Trond Espen Seim.

Photos: Martin Lehmann © Type 1