Annika release date: Latest news on the Nicola Walker crime drama

The Last Tango in Halifax actress will play DI Annika Strandhed.


Alibi has confirmed the premiere date for its new detective drama Annika, headlined by Unforgotten and Last Tango in Halifax star Nicola Walker.


The brand new crime series is adapted from the acclaimed Radio 4 drama called Annika Strandhed, and will see Walker head to the waterways of Scotland – which you can find out more about in our location guide to where Annika was filmed.

Walker, who voiced Annika during the audio series, will be reprising her titular role as the head of the Marine Homicide Unit for the televised six-part series.

Read on for everything you need to know about the Alibi series Annika.

When is Annika on TV?

Annika will air on UKTV’s Alibi on Tuesday 17th August at 9pm.

Alibi announced in December that filming on Annika had commenced, with writer Nick Walker writing on Twitter: “Been a long wait, but someone shouted ‘Action’ today and it’s super exciting.”

Annika plot

The radio series follows Scandinavian detective Annika Strandhed, a “leading light in the murder squad of the Oslo police”.

In the TV series (penned by Perrier nominated writer Nick Walker), Annika will similarly oversee her unit – while coping with her “brilliant yet complex” teenage daughter Morgan.

And in an unusual twist compared to most crime dramas, Annika will reportedly break the fourth wall in most episodes in order to explain her cases to the watching viewers at home.

If you want more of an insight into the series, make sure to read our spoiler-free Annika review.

Annika cast


Nicola Walker (The Split, Unforgotten) will play the titular DI Annika Strandhed, while Silvie Furneaux will play her daughter Morgan.

Also joining the cast are Jamie Lives (Guilt), Katie Leung (The Nest), Ukweli Roach (Blindspot) and Kate Dickie (The Cry).

Annika trailer 

There’s no trailer yet for Annika, but we’ll keep this page updated with the latest news.


Annika will air on Alibi on 17th August at 9pm. Looking for something to watch tonight? Visit our TV Guide.