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Danish thriller DNA acquired by the BBC


Story by Jack Foley

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

Due to air later this year (2020), the eight-part thriller boasts a cast that 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).

The plot follows Rolf Larsen, a respected detective on the Copenhagen police force, whose 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, commented: “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, added: “We are extremely proud to bring this very unique crimes series to the UK audience and work with our long partners of BBC.”

DNA was directed by Kasper Gaardsøe.