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"The Sommerdahl Murders" - ZDF joins as co-production partner

ZDF joins Dynamic Television, Sequoia and ndF on the co-production commissioned by Danish broadcaster TV 2.


The crime series based on Anna Grue’s bestselling books will be produced in both 4 x 90’ and 8 x 45’ formats with Dynamic Television handling worldwide distribution. “The Sommerdahl Murders” is developed in co-operation with TV 2 DENMARK. The production is expected to be given green light in the end of October 2018 and will commence in Denmark in spring 2019 with delivery scheduled for end of 2019.

Based on Anna Grue’s famous Scandinavian crime novels, “The Sommerdahl Murders” is an engaging, blue sky-oriented take on the successful Nordic noir genre. Set in a picturesque town on the coastline, each episode revolves around an intriguing, perfidious murder case solved by Detective Dan Sommerdahl and his best friend and colleague Detective Superintendent Fleming Torp.  Grounded and emotionally compelling, the series tells its stories from the heart of society making it more relevant and relatable for a broader audience.

Lolita Bellstar (Lulu & Leon, The Legacy) will serve as head writer. Producers are Janni Helleskov of Sequoia, Matthias Walther of ndF and Jan Bennemann of Dynamic Television.

SEQUOIA Global Alliance is thrilled to be taking part in the creation of the co-production “The Sommerdahl Murders".  "I see the project as a wonderful and inspiring opportunity to create a series that clearly confronts one of the most basic human feelings: the wish for the safety of our loved ones. The love-triangle driving the long arc of “The Sommerdahl Murders" gives us as a team, as well as the characters, reason to  work on a crucial dilemma I believe every human struggles with in our time: Should I let my personal desire dictate my actions or should I find a way to work for the happiness of myself AND others?" Says head writer Lolita Bellstar. 

“The Sommerdahl Murders’ takes a fresh and compelling approach to Scandinavian crime series” says Simone Emmelius from ZDF. “We have a tremendous confidence in our collaboration with Dynamic, Sequoia and ndF to create an excellent series that perfectly fits our current programming needs.

“We are excited to have ZDF join us on this suspenseful but wonderfully accessible crime drama,” says Jan Bennemann, Vice President, Co-Productions & Acquisitions. “’The Sommerdahl Murders’” is evocative and emotional and we are delighted to be collaborating with all our partners on a show of such originality.  There is no question that blue sky crime procedurals are high in demand and we are excited to bring this standout series to the global marketplace.”

“I am thrilled that we have achieved to develop out of the extraordinary universe of the Dan Sommerdahl novels a crime series filled with suspense in the story lines but also between the main characters”, says Matthias Walther, CEO of ndF. “The quiet humour and light-hearted drama convinced two major European channels to come onboard.”

Having sold over 750,000 books, Anna Grue has become a regular on Denmark’s bestseller lists and is one of the most successful crime fiction authors in Scandinavia. Her “Dan Sommerdahl”- crime series has been published throughout Europe, earning particularly great success in Germany and France. Conceived as a twelve-part book series, eight books have been published thus far.