The Swedish crime series based on Åsa Larsson’s books premiered on TV4 on March 8 with 1.18 million viewers. The eight-part TV show produced by Yellow Bird had a 31.2% share in TV4’s main target group of 15-64 years-old for its opening episode. The second episode aired on Wednesday had 940,000 viewers and a share of 27.6%. At press time ratings for digital viewing were not available.

Rebecka Martinsson was directed by Fredrik Edfeldt, based on four books by Åsa Larsson, adapted for the small screen by Mattias Grosin and Henrik Engström. Alongside Ida Engvoll (A Man Called Ove) who plays tax lawyer Rebecka Martinsson are Eva Melander, Samuel Fröler, Gunilla Röör, Eva Melander and Jakob Öhrman.

This is the second Swedish TV drama with Midnight Sun to be set above the Arctic Circle. In the series, Rebecka Martinsson returns to her childhood home outside of Kiruna following a friend’s death, and becomes involved in the hunt for a murderer while she is at the same time forced to confront her own traumatic past.

The series was produced by Daniel Gylling of Yellow Bird, in co-production with TV4, ARD Degeto, Filmpool Nord and support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Banijay Rights handles world distribution.