Danish Thriller DNA Acquired By The BBC

The BBC has acquired DNA, a new Danish crime thriller created by the co-creator of The Killing, Torleif Hoppe.

The 8 x 42 series has been acquired from Newen Distribution, the distribution arm of Newen (TF1 Group) and is produced by Nordisk Film Production, in collaboration with France’s Frenchkiss Pictures and co-produced by TV 2 Denmark and Arte France.

Due to air this year, the cast includes Oscar-nominated British actress Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Broadchurch), Poland’s rising star Zofia Wichlacz (1983), renowned Danish actors Anders W. Berthelsen (The Killing) and Nicolas Bro (The Bridge, The Killing), and Olivia Joof (Perfect Places).

Rolf Larsen, a respected detective on the Copenhagen police force, has his life brutally upended when his baby daughter goes missing. Five years after the tragedy a new lead emerges when a serious flaw is uncovered in the Danish police’s DNA database. Realising that his daughter may still be alive, Rolf tries to find out what really happened to her by investigating a parallel case with ties to an international child-trafficking ring.

Rolf will get help from Claire, a seasoned French investigator who is working on a similar case.

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC, says: “Beginning with a shocking event, DNA is an intriguing and unexpected crime series which will keep BBC viewers absorbed to the very end.”

Malika Abdellaoui, Managing Director, Newen Distribution, says: “We are extremely proud to bring this very unique crimes series to the UK audience and work with our long partners of BBC.”

DNA (8 x 42) was acquired for the BBC by Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition. It was directed by Kasper Gaardsøe. The producers and Trin Thomsen and Sven Clausen from Nordisk Film.

Noor Sadar and Aurélie Meimon are associate producers for French Kiss.