Bordertown (Finnish TV series)
Finnish title card
|Created by||Miikko Oikkonen|
|Country of origin||Finland|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||58 minutes|
|Original network||Yle TV1|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i50)|
|Audio format||2.0 surround|
|Original release||16 October 2016– present|
|The series on Yle TV1|
Bordertown (Finnish: Sorjonen) is a Finnish crime drama and Nordic noir television series created by Miikko Oikkonen and starring Ville Virtanen as Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen. It premiered in Finland on 16 October 2016 on Yle TV1. The series was renewed for a second season on 25 April 2017. Season 2 premiered on 7 October 2018. A third season is scheduled to premiere in October 2019.
Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen is one of the most respected officers at the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland when his wife barely survives brain cancer. Sorjonen then takes a new job leading SECRI, the Serious Crime Unit in Lappeenranta, and moves his family to the town near the border of Russia for a more peaceful life. But life turns out to be less than peaceful there.
Cast and characters
- Ville Virtanen as Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen
- Matleena Kuusniemi as Pauliina Sorjonen
- Anu Sinisalo as Detective Constable Lena Jaakkola
- Lenita Susi as Katia Jaakkola
- Kristiina Halttu as Detective Superintendent Taina Perttula
- Olivia Ainali as Janina Sorjonen
- Ilkka Villi as Detective Constable Niko Uusitalo
- Max Bremer as Coroner Hannu-Pekka Lund
- Matti Laine as Risto Susi-Huhtala
- Jasmin Hamid as Jenna "Jänis" Luhta
- Janne Virtanen as Robert Degerman
- Mikko Leppilampi as Mikael Ahola
- Laura Malmivaara as Anneli Ahola
- Niina Nurminen as Johanna Metso
- Elias Salonen as Elias Ström
- Eriikka Väliahde as Satu-Maria Porttila
- Svante Martin as Gösta Liljeqvist
- Satu Paavola as Veera Niemi
- Maria Kuusiluoma as Jaana Erkki
- Johan Storgård as Tuomas Heikkinen
- Robert Enckell as Paul Degerman
Development and production
Bordertown is produced for Yle by Fisher King Production and Federation Entertainment. The series was presented at the MIPTV Media Market in Cannes on 3 April 2016, where it competed in the MIPDrama Screenings for the "Coup de Coeur" award. The series was renewed for a second season on 25 April 2017, with Kuusniemi, Sinisalo, Susi, Ainali, and Villi also reprising their roles. Filming began in Lappeenranta on 8 August 2017, and wrapped in Helsinki on 7 November 2017.
Bordertown premiered on Yle TV1 on 16 October 2016. The debut was watched by 1.1 million viewers and set a record for a Finnish series. The total for Season 1 was an average of one million viewers. Season two premiered on 7 October 2018. (It was originally scheduled to premiere on 14 October.) International distribution rights for Bordertown were acquired from Federation Entertainment in October 2016 by Sky Deutschland for Germany, CanalPlay for France, and VRT for Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium). Netflix acquired rights in February 2017 for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Netherlands. Streaming of Season 1 became available on Netflix on 31 March 2017. The series was sold to "over 40 countries".
Awards and nominations
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||11||16 October 2016||25 December 2016|
|2||10||7 October 2018||9 December 2018|
Season 1 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"The Dolls' House, part 1 (Nukkekoti, osa 1)"||Miikko Oikkonen||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen||16 October 2016|
|2||2||"The Dolls' House, part 2 (Nukkekoti, osa 2)"||Miikko Oikkonen||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen||23 October 2016|
|3||3||"The Dolls' House, part 3 (Nukkekoti, osa 3)"||Miikko Oikkonen||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen||30 October 2016|
|4||4||"Dragonflies, part 1 (Sudenkorennot, osa 1)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen||6 November 2016|
|5||5||"Dragonflies, part 2 (Sudenkorennot, osa 2)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen||13 November 2016|
|6||6||"The Fury, part 1 (Raivotar, osa 1)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela||20 November 2016|
|7||7||"The Fury, part 2 (Raivotar, osa 2)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela||27 November 2016|
|8||8||"The Lady in the Lake, part 1 (Nainen järvessä, osa 1)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine||4 December 2016|
|9||9||"The Lady in the Lake, part 2 (Nainen järvessä, osa 2)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine||11 December 2016|
|10||10||"The End Game, part 1 (Loppupeli, osa 1)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine||18 December 2016|
|11||11||"The End Game, part 2 (Loppupeli, osa 2)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine||25 December 2016|
Season 2 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|12||1||"Five Finger Exercise, part 1"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||7 October 2018|
|SECRI investigates the murder of a woman and her son, which may be connected to Detective Lena Jaakkola's past actions in the FSB.|
|13||2||"Five Finger Exercise, part 2"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||14 October 2018|
|The investigation continues as Lena, Kari, and Katia make contact with a Russian convict who claims to be Katia's biological father.|
|14||3||"The Rite of Spring, part 1"||Jyri Kähönen, Juuso Syrjä||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||21 October 2018|
|The manager of a local daycare becomes the subject of a SECRI investigation after an aborted fetus is discovered at her home.|
|15||4||"The Rite of Spring, part 2"||Jyri Kähönen, Juuso Syrjä||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||28 October 2018|
|Kari and the SECRI team uncover a conspiracy connected to a daycare manager's dark past.|
|16||5||"Cat's Cradle, part 1"||Juuso Syrjä||Antti Pesonen, Miikko Oikkonen||4 November 2018|
|Niko leads the search for a deadly sniper while Kari takes leave to take care of Pauliina, who is undergoing cancer treatment.|
|17||6||"Cat's Cradle, part 2"||Juuso Syrjä||Antti Pesonen, Miikko Oikkonen||11 November 2018|
|The search for the shooter intensifies as the police declare a curfew following more killings.|
|18||7||"The Bloodmaid, part 1"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen||18 November 2018|
|When a body is found in the wall of a student's flat, SECRI must find the link between the student, the victim and other young women reported missing.|
|19||8||"The Bloodmaid, part 2"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen||25 November 2018|
|More mutilated remains are discovered as SECRI searches for a killer with possible cannibalistic tendencies.|
|20||9||"Without a Shadow, part 1"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||2 December 2018|
|Two young men take the Sorjonen family hostage, forcing Kari to investigate the suspicious disappearance of their mother.|
|21||10||"Without a Shadow, part 2"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||9 December 2018|
|The hostage situation at the Sorjonen household intensifies as Lena travels to Russia to help Kari with the investigation.|
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- "Nordic Noir gets a lighter Finnish". Drama Quarterly. July 28, 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
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- Press Release (25 April 2017). "Sorjonen palaa Lappeenranta". City of Lappeenranta (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 August 2018.
(Sorjonen returns to Lappeenranta)
- Hannonen, Inka (17 January 2018). "Sorjosen toinen kausi menee ihon alle". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 17 May 2018.
(The second season of Sorjonen goes under the skin)
- Pham, Annika (2 May 2017). "Summer shoot for Bordertown Season 2". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Bordertown Begins Filming Season Two This August". Nordic Drama. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Römpötti, Janne (10 August 2017). "Sorjosen tuotantotiimi aloitti uuden kauden kuvaukset Lappeenrannassa". Uutisvuoksi (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 August 2018.
(Sorjosen production team describes new season in Lappeenranta)
- Ainamo-McDonald, Maria (23 August 2016). "Sorjonen – uusi kotimainen rikossarja". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 1 December 2017.
(Sorjonen - a new domestic crime series)
- Pham, Annika (20 October 2016). "Finland's Fisher King signs first look deal with ZDFE". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
- Yrttiaho, Tuomo (7 October 2018). "Kari Sorjonen palaa tänä iltana rikospaikalle – tv-sarjan vetovoima on yhä Ville Virtasen varassa". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sanoma. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
(Kari Sorjonen returns to the crime scene tonight - the TV series attraction is still Ville Virtanen)
- "Huippusuositun Sorjosen toinen kausi alkaa syksyllä – ensimmäisen jakson esityspäivä on selvillä". Imatralainen (in Finnish). 22 January 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
(The second season of highly popular Sorjosen begins in fall – the date of first episode is set)
- Pham, Annika (10 October 2016). "Bordertown Sells to Germany-France-Belgium". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- Åkman, Erika (28 February 2017). "Suomalainen rikosdraama nähdään nyt myös USA:ssa! Netflix osti supersuositun Sorjosen". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 15 May 2018.
(Finnish crime drama is now seen also in the USA! Netflix acquires the super popular Sorjonen)
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