Walter Presents is heading to Iceland for a double-bill this September with two gripping dramas.
Autumn chills will be setting in with two Scandinavian series, from a serial killer thriller to a courtroom prequel.
First up is Cover Story, the harrowing story of Laura, a journalist and single mother who becomes embroiled with wealthy businessman and suspected serial killer.
Created by award winning director Óskar Jónasson and prolific writer Sigurjón Kjartansson Cover Story endeavours to presents a starkly realistic portrayal of modern IcelandCover Story has been awarded a number of prizes, including ‘Best TV Show’ and ‘Best Actress’ for Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir at the Icelandic Edda Awards.
If follows Laura, a journalist on maternity leave who finds herself newly single with two children and in deep financial trouble. A solution to her problems presents itself in the form of handsome, notorious, businessman Hrafn, the only downside being that he has been accused of the murder of a young woman. Aware of Laura’s intuitive skills as an investigator he hires her to prove his innocence. This sets off a series of events that sees Laura redeem herself in the face of extreme danger involving organised crime, murder, drug tafficking, kidnapping… she has been saved from her desperate financial situation, but at what cost? The deeper Laura is pulled into Hrafn’s story, the more lines are blurred and the picture becomes less clear… yet bodies keep appearing and there is a common thread that links them all.
Cover Story will launch on Channel 4 at 10.30pm on Wednesday 5th September, with the whole box set then available on Walter Presents.
Also from the same creator, Sigurjón Kjartansson, comes The Court, the prequel to one of Walter Present’s all-time most popular dramas Case. Internationally praised for its magnetic pairing of quick wit with gruesome crime, The Court is regarded as the seminal Icelandic crime drama and is a must for fans of Nordic Noir.
The Court follows the professional and personal lives of three lawyers at a Reykjavik law firm. Based on real-life cases, it merges hard-hitting plot lines with spikily drawn characters.
Logi Traustason is one of the Iceland’s most brilliant lawyers, and definitely its most troubled. Determined to uncover the truth about what really happened one night in his youth—an incident that left a man dead and Logi imprisoned for manslaughter — his demons threaten to send him spiralling ever further into alcoholism.
Standing between Logi and self-destruction are his colleagues Brynhildur and Hordur, two lawyers whose own private lives are far from simple. Amidst all their personal dramas, this team must tackle their day jobs, as each episode brings them new cases as dangerous as they are diverse.
From narcotics smuggling and human trafficking, to illegal debt collectors and bank fraud, our three heroes have seen it all – and defended them all. Part human drama, part sophisticated crime thriller, mixed together with a dark, offbeat humoir, The Court is Icelandic Nordic Noir at its best.
The Court will be released in full as a box set on Friday 7th September.