Season 2 of Acquitted is arriving on Walter Presents this November, as a chilling unsolved case continues to haunt one man, 20 years on.
The gripping thriller, which takes place in the devastatingly beautiful Norwegian Fjords, sees successful business man Aksel Borgen (Nicolai Cleve Broch) return to his home town of Lifjord to save an ailing local firm from bankruptcy. Despite being acquitted for the murder of his high school sweetheart, Karine, two decades ago, Aksel is still haunted by his past and his return opens old wounds for the villagers.
The show is created by the multi-award winning writer Siv Rajendram Eliassen and the critically acclaimed writer and actress Anna Bache-Wiig known to UK viewers for her role as Inger Marie Steffensen in Mammon. It’s been nominated for a number of awards, including Best Screenwriter and Best Mini-Series at the prestigious Seoul International Drama Awards, and was Norway’s biggest drama hit for broadcaster TV2 when it first aired, with a record-breaking audience of 660,000 and a 38.8 per cent share of viewers. Since then, Season 2 has beaten the previous record, gaining over 40 per cent audience share at launch.
It premiered in the UK on Walter Presents last year, where it enjoyed similar success: according to the online channel, which is dedicated to foreign-language TV drama, the show has been a “runaway streaming success”, becoming one of the site’s most popular shows. In celebration of its exceptionally high viewing figures on All 4, its first people is being broadcast on Channel 4 at 10.30pm on Wednesday 8th November. Season 2 will then launch on Walter Presents as a full box set.
“A compelling study of the past haunting the present,” we wrote in our first look review of Season 1. “This Nordic noir is less concerned with who did it and more concerned with who felt it; this is slow, measured study of the trauma of the past colliding with the present, a ghost story more than a detective story, in which the spectre lingering over the remote society is the history.”