TV 2’s new series The Investigation based on the people working to solve the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, has become the highest-rated new crime drama launch of the year in Denmark.
Produced by Fremantle’s Miso Film, episode one of The Investigation was watched by 748,000 linear viewers (42% share) over the 8PM slot, exceeding TV 2’s prime time average by +43% to make it the biggest new crime drama of 2020.
The opening episode was also the #1 show in its prime-time slot and #1 show of the day across all demographics, with 46% share among 20-60 year old viewers.
This authentically and sensitively created series, written and directed by the Oscar-nominated Tobias Lindholm (Mindhunter, Borgen), follows the complex investigation carried out by Jens Møller, the Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, surrounding the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Played by Søren Malling (A Hijacking, Borgen), Møller is at the show’s centre, leading viewers through the complex jigsaw he and his team must piece together, to provide prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen (Game of Thrones’ Pilou Asbæk) with the evidence he needs to secure a guilty verdict against the murder suspect.
Peter Bose, CEO & Producer at Miso Film says: “We are delighted The Investigation had such a positive impact and resonated with the nation. Tobias Lindholm’s unique take on the series and the way he has balanced the story, makes it one of the most important shows we have ever produced. The performance on TV 2 Denmark is also remarkable and we expect the VOSDAL numbers and on-demand ratings to grow even further this week. We are incredibly proud to have honoured the people who strive on behalf of us all for the truth, for justice and for the community. We can’t thank Tobias and the production team enough, for their meticulous efforts in bringing this story to screen.
Andrea Scrosati, Group Chief Operating Officer, Fremantle, says: “It is a great privilege and responsibility for all at Fremantle & Miso Film to be able to tell this extraordinary, compelling and ultimately, tragic real-life story. The unique narrative and approach that Tobias Lindholm and Miso Film have taken in creating ‘The Investigation’ is a perfect example of challenging the status quo of storytelling which is central to our DNA at Fremantle. The amazing overnight ratings in Denmark are a testament to this and I am extremely proud.”
The series created in close cooperation with Jens Møller (the real life lead investigator on the case) and Kim Wall’s parents, Ingrid and Joachim Wall, has received critical acclaim from leading Scandinavian media. Politiken: “Absolutely beautiful portrayal of man’s drive towards justice (5 out of 6 stars)”; Ekstrabladet: “The submarine case has become an excellent TV-series (5 out of 6 stars)”; DR: “Controversial TV 2 series about the submarine case is highly praised by the critics ‘Sober and very exciting’”.
Distributed by Fremantle, The Investigation is produced by Miso Film for TV 2 Denmark in cooperation with Outline Film, SVT and Nordic Entertainment Group with support from DFI’s Public Service Fund, CPH Film Fund and the MEDIA Programme, with the BBC (UK), Spain’s Movistar, French Télévisions and Germany’s RTL also picking up the series.