Banijay Nordic announced a new original series from scripted label Jarowskij Finland, based on renowned character Ruben Waara, created by Matti Remes, who features in many of his acclaimed novels. Production on the ten-part series “Murder in Hanko,” written by Eriikka Etholén-Paju and directed by Aleksi Mäkelä, is underway. The series is scheduled to air on Nelonen and Ruutu in spring 2024 and will be distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.
Set against the backdrop of picturesque Finnish coastal town of Hanko, the series revolves around the enigmatic character of Ruben Waara, portrayed by Matti Ristinen. A charismatic but somewhat aimless bachelor who recently turned 50, Ruben sells his company and returns to his hometown in Hanko for the summer. Things take a turn when Ruben’s estranged daughter Vera, played by Mimosa Willamo, a dedicated police officer in Hanko, finds herself entangled in a murder investigation on the very day of Ruben’s arrival.
“‘Murder in Hanko’ is a story of familial bonds as the father-daughter duo untangles the mysterious murder, uncovering secrets and delving into the intriguing power dynamics of Hanko’s influential families. This is a warm and witty series, and we believe the charming plot and stunning coastal setting will captivate audiences both here in Finland and internationally with Banijay Rights,” commented Teea Hyytiä, Executive Producer.
Jarowskij Finland is behind a high-end slate including returning crime series “Detective Maria Kallio” and five seasons of comedy series “Onnela,” as well as “Jill and Joy,” four successful feature films for younger audiences. The company is part of Banijay Nordic, home to premium scripted labels across the region including Filmlance, Yellow Bird, Endemol Shine Finland, Rubicon, and Jarowskij Sweden.