Follow the Money (Danish TV series)

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Follow the Money
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Genre Crime thriller
Created by Jeppe Gjervig Gram
Written by Anders August, Jannik Taj Mosholt, Jeppe Gjervig Gram
Directed by Per Fly
Starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Thomas Bo Larsen
Natalie Madueño
Esben Smed
Theme music composer Tobias Wilner
Country of origin Denmark
Original language(s) Danish, Swedish, English, French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Piv Bernth
Producer(s) Anders Toft Andersen
Running time 58 min
Production company(s) Danmarks Radio (DR)
Release
Original network DR1
Picture format 2.20:1

Follow the Money (Danish: Bedrag) is a Danish financial crime thriller that has run for two seasons and been shown in several other countries.

The original series, set in the renewable energy business in Denmark, was first broadcast in Denmark in January 2016 in ten episodes; it has dialogue in Danish, Swedish, and English. It was broadcast subtitled in the UK on BBC Four[1] from March 2016 under the title Follow the Money.[2] In Finland, the first episode was broadcast on 12 April 2016 on Yle Fem, subtitled in Swedish and Finnish. In The Netherlands, the first episode was broadcast on 7 March 2016, under the title Follow the Money,[3] subtitled in Dutch. In Belgium, Canvas has broadcast the series under the title Follow the Money[4] in pairs of two episodes with Dutch subtitles between 12 March 2016 and 9 April 2016. It premiered in Canada on CBC on 18 June 2016. It has also been shown on SBS in Australia, concluding in June 2016. It premiered in Portugal on RTP2 on 7 December 2016. In Slovenia it was broadcast on Radiotelevizija Slovenija from 15 May 2017 with subtitles in Slovene language.

The second season of the show was broadcast in October–November 2016; this series continues the stories of most of the characters from the first series, but the main focus is on a bank practicing P2P lending and their attempted takeover by a bank whose chair, Knud Christensen, was behind the fraud case investigated in the first season.[5] It was screened in the UK on BBC Four from 4 March 2017.[6]

Screenwriter Jeppe Gjervig Gram revealed in November 2016 that work on a further series of Follow the Money has begun.[7]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2
Thomas Bo Larsen Mads Justesen Main
Thomas Hwan Alf Rybjerg Main
Natalie Madueño Claudia Moreno Main
Esben Smed Jensen Nicky Main
Nikolaj Lie Kaas Alexander "Sander" Sødergren Main
Lucas Hansen Bimse Recurring
Julie Grundtvig Wester Lina Recurring
Waage Sandø Knud Christensen Recurring
Claes Ljungmark "The Swede" Recurring
David Dencik Simon Absalonsen Main
Sonja Richter Amanda Absalonsen Main
Søren Malling Hans Peter Guest
Thomas W. Gabrielsson Martin Enevolden Guest

Reception[edit]

Reviewers from several major Danish newspapers were critical of the second season. The series' cast and technical aspects such as photography were praised, while the story and the development of the characters were criticized. Berlingske, Ekstra Bladet, Politiken and Jyllands-Posten awarded the second season three stars, while BT awarded it four stars.[8]

Awards[edit]

Award Show Year Category Nominee(s) Result
C21 International Drama Awards 2016 Best non-English language drama series Follow the Money I Won
Robert Awards 2017 Best TV series Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Anders Toft Andersen, Per Fly Won
Best Actor – TV series Thomas Bo Larsen Won
Best Actress – TV series Natalie Madueño Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – TV series Esben Smed Won
Best Supporting Actor – TV series Nikolaj Lie Kaas Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – TV series Line Kruse Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Four acquires new Danish drama Follow The Money". BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Follow the Money review: a Danish drama about wind energy that blows mostly cold". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Nieuwe Deense dramaserie Follow the money". NPO. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nieuw op Canvas: Follow the Money". canvas.be. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Matt Baylis (6 March 2017). "Weekend's TV reviewed: Follow The Money and The Bruce Forsyth Story". Daily Express. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Follow the Money". BBC Four. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Forfatteren bag Bedrag: Vi arbejder på en fortsættelse". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Anmelder efter sæsonafslutning: 'Bedrag II' skulle aldrig have været lavet". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2017-07-12. 

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