Wisting: The Next Nordic Noir Hit?

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Wisting Nordic Noir

Remember the name William Wisting. The fictional police detective is coming to a screen near you soon.

Based on Norwegian author Jørn Lier Horst’s novels about police detective William Wisting, Wisting is described as a character-driven thriller series of Nordic noir with a strong, international appeal.

The show is available in Norway on TV3 and Viaplay from 11 April, 2019. Wisting was filmed in and around Larvik-Stavern in the Vestfold region.

The books have sold over 1.2 million copies in Norway alone and been translated into 30 languages. The ten 45-minute episodes follow the story of Wisting, who has lost his wife and raises his daughter alone while trying to bring down Norway’s most notorious criminals.

Norwegian actor Sven Nordin
Sven Nordin will play the lead William Wisting.

Norwegian actor Sven Nordin, who was most recently seen in Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s Valkyrien (The Valkyrie) series, will play the lead, with Canadian Hollywood-actress Carrie-Anne Moss playing the role of FBI agent Maggie Griffin.

Directed by and Katarina Launing and Trygve Allister Diesen, who has also scripted with Kathrine Valen Zeiner, Wisting started the 150-day shooting schedule in January 2018. The series has been pre-sold to a few international broadcasters and streaming services.

Jørn Lier Horst

While several of Jørn Lier Horst's Wisting series of books have been translated into English, the expected international release of the TV series will surely catapult his name into the international mainstream.

The former Senior Investigating Officer at Vestfold Police district released his debut novel, Nøkkelvitnet (Key Witness), in 2004, which was based on a true murder story. Not uncommon for Norwegian crime authors, he's also written a whole host of children's books!

More than a classic Nordic noir

The budget of NOK 110 million (€11.4 million) includes a Norwegian Incentive Scheme framework grant of NOK 26.05 million (€2.7 million) from the Norwegian Film Institute.

Carrie-Anne Moss
Carrie-Anne Moss will play an FBI agent

Co-producers Cinenord Drama are the first Norwegian production company to receive the full €1 million grant from Creative Europe for Wisting.

“Obviously we are very excited about this support from Creative Europe MEDIA, which we also see as a recognition both of the project and of our company,” said Norwegian producer Silje Hopland Eik, of Cinenord Drama, who will produce the series with Terez Hollo-Klausen and Anni Faurbye Fernandez.

Fernandez told Variety that the show will be more than a classic Nordic Noir. “It’s obviously a crime series but its also about the relationship between a father whose wife has died and his daughter, it’s about grief; yet we don’t want the show to be too dark and slow, and we will strive to make it very visually appealing,” added the producer.

About Creative Europe

Creative Europe MEDIA announced in May the first list of recipients for 2018. Other Norwegian projects to receive financial support were the Norwegian Fabelaktiv series Helium and Norsk Fjernsyn documentary War of Art. Wisting and Italy’s My Brilliant Friend were the only projects to be awarded the full €1 million.

Wisting preview image

A sub-division of the European Commission’s MEDIA programme, Creative Europe supports European film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work.

It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including feature films, television drama, documentaries and new media to find markets beyond national and European borders; it also funds training and film development schemes.

Ten non-EU countries including Norway are eligible to apply for funding, along with the EU member states. Last year the Norwegian audiovisual industry received various grants totalling NOK 29 million (€3 million).

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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6 thoughts on “Wisting: The Next Nordic Noir Hit?”

  1. Please tell me what my options are for seeing this in the U.S.? Has it been released yet? Can I stream it online anywhere? I am totally addicted to Nordic films and shows, I don’t bother watching most American programming anymore. You guys have ruined it for me, I cannot stomach bad TV anymore. ; )

  2. July 2019 and still no episodes in the US. Haven’t a clue why. There is one guy that I know of uploading with US subtitles on torrents but that’s about it. At the current time he is only on episode 2 so it may be awhile. I do see the entire series uploaded to a torrent by someone else but it’s completely Russian dubbed which ruins the whole thing (I guess unless you are Russian) because all original voices are gone.

    • The subtitles are so bad. It is obvious that the person that created the subtitle file does not speak English very well. The Russian Language can be turned off by going into the audio drop down box and choosing original Norwegian. That’s what I did and it works fine. It’s the crap subtitles I can’t get past. I have all the files and am currently on episode 2 but the subtitles suck so bad.

  3. (I have not read the books so I don’t know how the TV version compares) You wrote above, that he was raising a daughter on his own after his wife died recently. You make it sound like they are young. While he actually has adult twins, a son & daughter. Terje mentioned they were twins this while “chatting” in the interview room in Episode 7.


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