ITV’s Helsinki Crimes sells in English speaking areas, Spain

Helsinki Crimes, the current Finnish detective series from ITV Studios Finland, has been sold to SBS On Demand in Australia, AMC Networks International’s SundanceTV channel in Spain and Walter Presents in Ireland and the UK

Oble, the Paris-based production and distribution company, co-produced “Helsinki Crimes” and distributes it to international markets.

The series, based on the best-selling novels by award-winning Finnish writer Matti Yrjänä Joensuu, follows the journey of renowned detective Timo Harjunpaa as he investigates a major crime wave in modern-day Helsinki in midsummer.

The eight-part glossy crime series, modernized by ITV Studios Finland, has been a hit since it premiered on C More’s streaming service in February. Olli Rahkonen (“Olli Mäki”) plays detective Timo Harjunpaa and Olga Temonen plays his partner Onerva Nykanen.

“’Helsinki Crimes’ is not a traditional police procedure. Harri Virtanen’s interpretation of Joensuu’s novels has delivered an original, fresh detective series, both in terms of characters and setting, that has been fantastically received by viewers and critics alike since it premiered,” said Pete Paavolainen, CEO of ITV Studios Finland.

“Oble has an outstanding track record of bringing premium drama to global audiences and has hit the ground running again guiding Harjunpaa and his team to English, Australian and Spanish audiences,” continued Paavollainen.

Oble’s co-founder Ekaterina Sol said Helsinki Crimes is the “rare gem of a first series”. “ITV Studios Finland has brilliantly updated a beloved literary character to deliver a stylish, original take on the well-worn path of episodic police and crime drama series,” continued Sol.

The show was produced by Maria Kangas and Pete Paavolainen at ITV Studios Finland and commissioned by broadcaster MTV3 and streamer CMore. ITV’s Helsinki Crimes sells in English speaking areas, Spain

Charles Jones

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