Liza Marshall’s Hera Pictures has picked up English-language rights to hit Norwegian drama Valkyrien, with Mark Strong (Grimsby) set to take the lead in a remake set in London. A broadcaster has yet to be announced for the project.
In the original series, Doctor Ravn (Sven Nordin) is a surgeon desperate to find a cure for his dying wife Vilma (Pia Halvorsen). The hospital had given up on her, so Ravn enters into an alliance with Oslo’s underworld and opens a clinic in a disused underground station for those in need, who either have no GP or cannot use public hospitals.
Ravn’s endeavours both to build a clinic and get patients is made possible by the corrupt Leif (Pål Sverre Hagen). Convinced that the end of the world is nigh, Leif has widespread access and knowledge of the city’s underground shelters and secret passages, as well as a significant network in the Oslo underworld and its black economy.
Former Channel 4 Head of Drama, Liza Marshall, said: “I compulsively watched this series in one sitting. It is one of the smartest, most gripping and unusual dramas I have seen for a long time. It will work brilliantly set in London in this age of political uncertainty and social unrest. Valkyrien couldn’t be more timely.”