The Finnish/German crime show will be shot in Finnish Lapland late 2017.
Streaming service Elisa and YLE are on board the 10x50’ international TV drama directed by German-based Hannu Salonen (Downhill City, Shades of Guilt). The show is produced by Yellow Film & TV’s Olli Haikka in co-production with the German mini-major Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, for an estimated €6.5m budget.
Yellow Film & TV Executive Producer Milla Bruneau said: “This is the future direction we’re aiming for with our international partners – content that’s created in Finland and financed internationally.”
Bavaria's Executive Producer Moritz Polter said: “We are thrilled to join forces with Yellow Film & TV in our first Finnish-German co-production, and to have our network partners Elisa Viihde and YLE on board.” The Finnish telco Elisa was also partner to Yellow Film & TV on their hit series Downshifters.
The Elisa Original will premiere on the Finnish streaming service in 2018 and later on pubcaster YLE. Set in icy Finnish Lapland, Arctic Circle follows police officer Nina Kautsalo who investigates a serial murder case with Thomas Lorenz, a German virologist working in Helsinki. The two find themselves in the middle of an unusual criminal investigation, which ends up forcing them to act outside the law.