Netflix Nordics TV Slate: Harry Hole Series From Jo Nesbø, First Scandi Period Drama & ‘Chestnut Man’ Sequel Feature

Another day, another Netflix content slate in Europe.

Following content showcases in Germany and London last week, the streamer has unveiled its slate in the Nordics. Among the key TV announcements are a Norwegian series based on author Joe Nesbø’s police detective Harry Hole and Netflix’s first Nordic period drama.

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A number of films were also unveiled at a Next on Netflix event today in Stockholm, Sweden, and you can read about them here.

On the TV front, Harry Hole (working title) comes from Exit and So Long, Marianne creator Oystein Karlsen, and is based on Nesbø’s novel The Devil’s Star, about the titular detective. Working Title is producing ahead of a 2026 debut and Nesbø is writing the script.

Synopsis reads: “A heat wave hits a holiday-quiet Oslo. In an apartment by the cemetery, small black lumps begin to drip through the floor. At the same time, police detective Harry Hole is lying on the floor in his small apartment, drunk, dismissed and abandoned by his girlfriend. In the hunt for his corrupt colleague Tom Waaler, Harry has lost his closest colleague and only he knows that Tom Waaler is behind the murder. At the same time, another woman is found murdered with an index finger cut off. Harry Hole gets his last mission. Along with the only other first officer not on vacation: Tom Waaler.”

Netflix’s first Nordic period drama is The New Force is set in 1958 and follow’s Sweden ‘s first female police officer graduates. Ridiculed by the public, belittled by the media, and scorned by their colleagues, the small group of pioneering officers are place in Sweden’s most crime-ridden district, in Stockholm, where they realize that their biggest problem isn’t the criminals but resistance from colleagues and their own families.

Josefin Asplund, Agnes Rase and Malin Persson have been cast to star in the series, which is written by head writer Patrik Ehrnst along with Elin Randin and Antonia Pyk. Directors are Rojda Sekersöz and Julia Lindström, and Cecilia Becker Forsberg is the producer. Art & Bob is producing with Jan Blomgren the executive producer. A 2026 launch date is being targeted.

Other new series include Diary of a Ditched Girl (working title), a Swedish drama about a 31-year-old woman looking for love from Banijay-owned Jarowskij based on Amanda Romare’s novel, Halva Malmö Består av Killar Som Dumpat Mig. Written by Tove Eriksen Hillblom and Moa Herngren and starring Carla Sehn, it is set to launch next year.

There will also be a standalone series sequel to Danish series The Chestnut Man, based on a Søren Sveistrup Nobel and set to launch in 2026. Danica Curcic and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard will star as detectives Mark Hess and Naia Thulin in a drama based around the crimes a violent murderer who stalks victims before killing them. Sam Productions is attached and Dorte Warnøe Høgh and Emilie Lebech Kaae.

There will also be a second season of Barracuda Queens, which follows a group of girls who engage in an escalating series of robberies and this time round is set in the art world. Alva Bratt, Tea Stjärne, Sarah Gustafsson, Tindra Monsen, Sandra Zubovic, Izabella Scorupco, Cecilia Frode, Filip Berg and Joel Spira star. Camilla Ahlgren and Sofie & Tove Forsman are the writers, and Asp & Varhos returns as producer on the show, which is set for 2025.

Baby Fever season 2 from Apple Tree Productions, B-Reel Films’ Swedish crime series The Helicopter Heist and salmon industry family drama Billionaire Island from Rubicon were all given fall launches, while Swedish crime drama Deliver Me will debut on April 24. Norway’s Midsummer Night will go live on April 11, whole Pernille season 4 bows over the summer. The buzzy Ronja the Robber’s Daughter debuts later this month (March 28)

On the unscripted front is a second season of Love is Blind Sweden, in which singles make connections and plan weddings with suitors they have never seen in person. Mastiff is the producer, with Anna Nygren and Elias Malmberg producing. Caroline Claesson, Andreas Johansson and Matilda Snöwall are the executive producers.

Jenny Stjernströmer Björk, Netflix’s Vice President of Content, Nordics took to the stage at the content showcase and said: “The creative industry in the Nordic region is outstanding, with some of the most talented people in the world. We are both thrilled and proud of the fantastic shows we announced today at Next on Netflix. Our members can expect a wonderful mix of films, series, non-fiction, and other great stories from the Nordics.

“Together with our partners, we’re committed to continuing this successful journey, united by our goal of crafting exceptional entertainment that touches and moves people.”

Netflix has been in the Nordic region since 2018.

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