Nordic noir meets off-beat antipodean humour in Viaplay’s new eight-part drama Straight Forward, set in Copenhagen and New Zealand, about a Danish woman’s attempts to leave her criminal past behind her by moving to a small New Zealand town.
Silvia Petersen (Cecilie Stenspil) is a fraudster with a conscience – she only cheats those who deserve it. But when she gets mixed up with one of Denmark’s most notorious criminals things get dangerous. Silvia will have to leave her mother and daughter and flee the country, and as soon as possible.
Under the alias Robyn Ford, Silvia lands in Queenstown, New Zealand and is desperate to get her mother (Vibeke Hastrup) and teenage daughter (Marie Boda) to move out to her when she finds that their lives are also in danger back in Denmark.
As Silvia fights for her family she must stay under the radar and not get recognised, but this gets increasingly difficult as she encounters a very angry Danish police officer (Troels Lyby), a murderous pusher and eventually the New Zealand police.
Cecilie Stenspil said: “Getting the opportunity to play a key role and working with new colleagues on the other side of the globe is something very special. Kiwi TV with a Nordic feel is an exciting and different combination that has not been seen before.”
Straight Forward, which began filming in February, premieres next year on Viaplay and will also air on TVNZ in New Zealand.