The Scandinavian limited series, from Oscar-nominated director Tobias Lindholm, examines the true tale of the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who disappeared after boarding the entrepreneur Peter Madsen's midget submarine.
The BBC and German network RTL have acquired The Investigation, a Scandinavian crime drama from Tobias Lindholm, the Danish director whose credits include Netflix's Mindhunter and Oscar-nominated dramas A War which he wrote and directed and The Hunt on which he was the screenwriter.
Lindholm wrote and directed The Investigation, a six-part limited series following the true tale of the murder investigation into the killing of Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist who disappeared in August 2017 after boarding a midget submarine with its inventor, the entrepreneur Peter Madsen.
The crime generated headlines worldwide, particularly after parts of Wall's dismembered body were found washed up on a beach nearby. Madsen was charged with her murder.
Lindholm's limited series follows Jens Moller Borgen actor Soren Malling, the Copenhagen homicide detective charged with investigating the murder. Frequent Lindholm collaborator Pilou Asbaek Game of Thrones co-stars as prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen, with Pernilla August Star Wars and Rolf Lassgard A Man Called Ove playing Kim Wall's parents.
Fremantle subsidiary Miso Film is producing the series together with Outline Film for Danish channel TV 2, Sweden's SVT and Scandinavian outlet Viaplay. The series is currently shooting in Denmark.
The pre-sales to the BBC and RTL bode well for the show ahead of its market debut at Mipcom in Cannes next week, where Fremantle will be presenting The Investigation to international buyers.
A shameful piece of Atlanta’s history is now the subject of two major television series. Sometimes known crudely as the Atlanta child murders, the story follows the murders of at least 30 African American teenagers that decimated Atlanta during the ’70s and ’80s. The semi-unsolved case was the subject of David Fincher’s “Mindunter” Season 2, which offered little in the way of answers but brought renewed attention to the horrific events. In spring 2019, the city of Atlanta announced it was re-opening the case.
HBO will explore the tragedy and the new investigation in a five-part documentary series, “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children,” which just released its first official trailer.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children’ offers a never-before-seen look at the abduction and murder of at least 30 African American children and young adults that occurred over a two-year period in Atlanta in the late-'70s and early-'80s, from the initial disappearance and discovery of two murdered teenage boys and the fear that gripped the city, to the prosecution and indictment of 23-year-old Atlanta native Wayne Williams and the rush to officially shut down the case. With unprecedented access and a treasure trove of archival material, this timely documentary series brings new evidence to light as the cases are reopened, providing a powerful window into one of America's darkest chapters.”
The series was directed and produced by the Emmy winning documentary studo Show of Force “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”, and counts Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and John Legend as producers.
As shown in “Mindhunter,” authorities arrested and convicted former club promoter Wayne Williams in 1981 for the murders of the adults after fibers from his home and car were found on the bodies. Police suspected Williams was also responsible for the child murders, but there was no evidence.
In 2019, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta police chief Erika Shields announced that they would be retesting evidence from the child murder case, noting that DNA testing has advanced monumentally since 1981.
“[We hope] to let them know that we have done all that we can do ... to make sure their memories are not forgotten ... and in the truest sense of the word to let the world know that black lives do matter,” Bottoms said.
The series will drop on HBO on April 5. Check out the trailer for “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” below.
The BBC has announced plans to host a coronavirus telethon on April 23, bringing together its two charity partners, Comic Relief and Children In Need, for the first time.
Produced by BBC Studios, The Big Night In will go live for three hours on BBC One and aims to cheer up the nation by spotlighting stories of kindness, humor and hope during the catastrophic coronavirus pandemic.
Along the way, the show will invite donations which will go towards vulnerable people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Comic Relief and Children In Need will funnel the cash to local charities on the frontline.
The BBC said the show would be star-studded, but is yet to name any famous names taking part. The broadcaster’s last telethon, Sport Relief, was hosted by the likes of Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness and featured contributions from the Stranger Things cast.
The BBC added that The Big Night In will be broadcast live while respecting “all current social isolating government protocols.” Peter Davey and Colin Hopkins will executive produce. It was commissioned by BBC director of content Charlotte Moore, entertainment chief Kate Phillips and Katie Taylor.
Moore said: “BBC One will bring the nation together for this special one-off live charity event. I would like to thank both BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief for joining forces in these unprecedented times to provide their support to local charities, projects and programmes across the whole UK; and to all of the stars taking part in this unmissable night of entertainment when the country needs it most.”
The BBC’s Big Night In follows similar plans in the U.S., where Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will front One World: Together At Home across NBC, ABC and CBS on April 18. The event, which is curated by Lady Gaga, has been put together by social action platform Global Citizen and the World Health Organization.