Bordertown (Finnish TV series)

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Finnish title card
  • Crime drama
  • Nordic noir
Created byMiikko Oikkonen
Directed by
  • Miikko Oikkonen
  • Jyri Kähönen
  • Juuso Syrjä
Country of originFinland
Original language(s)Finnish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Running time58 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Fisher King Production
  • Federation Entertainment
Original networkYle TV1
Picture format16:9 (1080i50)
Audio format2.0 surround
Original release16 October 2016 (2016-10-16) – present
External links
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.[1]


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[edit]



Development and production[edit]

Bordertown is produced for Yle by Fisher King Production[2] and Federation Entertainment.[3][4][5][6] 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.[7][8][9] The series was renewed for a second season on 25 April 2017,[10] with Kuusniemi, Sinisalo, Susi, Ainali, and Villi also reprising their roles.[11] Filming began in Lappeenranta on 8 August 2017, and wrapped in Helsinki on 7 November 2017.[12][13][14]


Bordertown premiered on Yle TV1 on 16 October 2016.[15] The debut was watched by 1.1 million viewers and set a record for a Finnish series.[16] The total for Season 1 was an average of one million viewers.[11] Season two premiered on 7 October 2018.[17] (It was originally scheduled to premiere on 14 October.[18]) 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).[19] Netflix acquired rights in February 2017 for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Netherlands.[20] Streaming of Season 1 became available on Netflix on 31 March 2017.[21] The series was sold to "over 40 countries".[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Bordertown won the 2017 Golden Venla Awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Ville Virtanen), and Best Actress (Anu Sinisalo).[22][23]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11116 October 2016 (2016-10-16)25 December 2016 (2016-12-25)
2107 October 2018 (2018-10-07)9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)


Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Dolls' House, part 1  (Nukkekoti, osa 1)"Miikko OikkonenMiikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen16 October 2016 (2016-10-16)
22"The Dolls' House, part 2  (Nukkekoti, osa 2)"Miikko OikkonenMiikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen23 October 2016 (2016-10-23)
33"The Dolls' House, part 3  (Nukkekoti, osa 3)"Miikko OikkonenMiikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen30 October 2016 (2016-10-30)
44"Dragonflies, part 1  (Sudenkorennot, osa 1)"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen6 November 2016 (2016-11-06)
55"Dragonflies, part 2  (Sudenkorennot, osa 2)"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen13 November 2016 (2016-11-13)
66"The Fury, part 1  (Raivotar, osa 1)"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela20 November 2016 (2016-11-20)
77"The Fury, part 2  (Raivotar, osa 2)"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela27 November 2016 (2016-11-27)
88"The Lady in the Lake, part 1  (Nainen järvessä, osa 1)"Juuso SyrjäMiikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine4 December 2016 (2016-12-04)
99"The Lady in the Lake, part 2  (Nainen järvessä, osa 2)"Juuso SyrjäMiikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine11 December 2016 (2016-12-11)
1010"The End Game, part 1  (Loppupeli, osa 1)"Juuso SyrjäMiikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine18 December 2016 (2016-12-18)
1111"The End Game, part 2  (Loppupeli, osa 2)"Juuso SyrjäMiikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine25 December 2016 (2016-12-25)

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
121"Five Finger Exercise, part 1"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)
SECRI investigates the murder of a woman and her son, which may be connected to Detective Lena Jaakkola's past actions in the FSB.
132"Five Finger Exercise, part 2"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen14 October 2018 (2018-10-14)
The investigation continues as Lena, Kari, and Katia make contact with a Russian convict who claims to be Katia's biological father.
143"The Rite of Spring, part 1"Jyri Kähönen, Juuso SyrjäPaula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen21 October 2018 (2018-10-21)
The manager of a local daycare becomes the subject of a SECRI investigation after an aborted fetus is discovered at her home.
154"The Rite of Spring, part 2"Jyri Kähönen, Juuso SyrjäPaula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)
Kari and the SECRI team uncover a conspiracy connected to a daycare manager's dark past.
165"Cat's Cradle, part 1"Juuso SyrjäAntti Pesonen, Miikko Oikkonen4 November 2018 (2018-11-04)
Niko leads the search for a deadly sniper while Kari takes leave to take care of Pauliina, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
176"Cat's Cradle, part 2"Juuso SyrjäAntti Pesonen, Miikko Oikkonen11 November 2018 (2018-11-11)
The search for the shooter intensifies as the police declare a curfew following more killings.
187"The Bloodmaid, part 1"Juuso SyrjäMiikko Oikkonen18 November 2018 (2018-11-18)
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.
198"The Bloodmaid, part 2"Juuso SyrjäMiikko Oikkonen25 November 2018 (2018-11-25)
More mutilated remains are discovered as SECRI searches for a killer with possible cannibalistic tendencies.
209"Without a Shadow, part 1"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)
Two young men take the Sorjonen family hostage, forcing Kari to investigate the suspicious disappearance of their mother.
2110"Without a Shadow, part 2"Jyri KähönenMiikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)
The hostage situation at the Sorjonen household intensifies as Lena travels to Russia to help Kari with the investigation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hirons, Paul (4 January 2019). "Series three of Bordertown now filming in Finland". The Killing Times. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Bordertown". Fisher King Oy. 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Bordertown". Federation Entertainment. 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Nordic Noir gets a lighter Finnish". Drama Quarterly. July 28, 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (March 9, 2016). "Federation, Fisher King Team on Nordic Noir Series 'Bordertown'". Variety. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  6. ^ Hopewell, John (April 2, 2016). "'Marseille's' Pascal Breton on 'Bordertown,' Nordic Noir, Big Euro Co-pros and Crucial Change in Intl. TV (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Bordertown is coming to MipTV". ttvnews. TodotvMedia. March 10, 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Federation taking buyers to Bordertown". Television Business International. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  9. ^ Newby, Julian (May 11, 2016). "MIPTV Fiction Wrap: Drama takes centre stage". MIPTrends. MIP Markets. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  10. ^ Press Release (25 April 2017). "Sorjonen palaa Lappeenranta". City of Lappeenranta (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 August 2018. (Sorjonen returns to Lappeenranta)
  11. ^ a b c 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)
  12. ^ Pham, Annika (2 May 2017). "Summer shoot for Bordertown Season 2". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Bordertown Begins Filming Season Two This August". Nordic Drama. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  14. ^ 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)
  15. ^ Ainamo-McDonald, Maria (23 August 2016). "Sorjonen – uusi kotimainen rikossarja". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 1 December 2017. (Sorjonen - a new domestic crime series)
  16. ^ Pham, Annika (20 October 2016). "Finland's Fisher King signs first look deal with ZDFE". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  17. ^ 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)
  18. ^ "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)
  19. ^ Pham, Annika (10 October 2016). "Bordertown Sells to Germany-France-Belgium". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  20. ^ 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)
  21. ^ Vestrheim, Emma (3 March 2017). "Netflix picks up Finland's Bordertown". Cinema Scandinavia. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  22. ^ Pham, Annika (16 January 2017). "Clean sweep for Bordertown at Finnish Emmys". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  23. ^ Vestrheim, Emma (17 January 2017). "BORDERTOWN wins at the Finnish Emmy's". Cinema Scandinavia. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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