The BBC has acquired award-winning Danish DR Drama series Prisoner, led by Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), for BBC Four and iPlayer.
The series revolves around the lives of four prison officers—Henrik (David Dencik), Miriam (Sofie Gråbøl), Sammi (Youssef Wayne Hvidtfeldt), and Gert (Charlotte Fich). Their personal challenges intertwine with the complexities of their workplace, a prison plagued by bad press, hierarchy issues, and a drug trade. When faced with the imminent closure of the prison, they embark on a risky investigation to salvage their jobs, triggering a battle for survival within and beyond the prison walls.
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisitions, BBC, said: “Prisoner is an authentic, complex and compelling portrait of the harsh realities of life in prison, where it isn’t only the inmates who are trapped…”
Prisoner (6 x 58’) was created by acclaimed writer Kim Fupz Aakeson (The Shift, Welcome to Utmark, Cry Wolf, Young Astrid) and directed/co-created by Michael Noer (Before the Frost, Papillon, R) and Frederik Louis Hviid (Temple, Follow The Money, Shorta). The series was produced by Rikke Tørholm Kofoed for DR Drama in collaboration with public broadcasters NRK, SVT, Yle, and RUV, as part of the drama partnership Nordic 12.