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The next Netflix Original series from Sweden is Anxious People, a comedy-drama based on the novel of the same name by Fredrik Backman.

Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman — Photo by Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm, courtesy of Netflix

Netflix announced today Anxious People, its new Swedish Original comedy-drama, which is to be produced by FLX, the production company behind the Kristallen Award-winning Netflix drama Quicksand and the upcoming Netflix romantic dramedy Love & Anarchy. The series will be directed by Felix Herngren, the creator and director of Bonus Family, and penned by Camilla Ahlgren, the head writer of The Bridge and Quicksand.

Anxious People is based on the novel of the same name by international best-selling author Fredrik Backman. His literary debut — A Man Called Ove — became a global sensation whose film adaptation was nominated for two Academy Awards®.

Said Backman about the new television series:

“My wife and I feel that FLX has in the past few years shown a tremendous range not only in their comedies, but especially in their dramas, and so we are truly glad and proud that they wish to take on this particular story. Felix Herngren is an extraordinary storyteller with a unique sense of comedy who is a dream to work with. Camilla Ahlgren understands the fragile and messy parts of humans and writes real people, not just characters. This book could not be in better hands.”

Anxious People is a riotous comedy about a hostage drama during an open house. A failed bank robber locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic real estate agent, two bitter IKEA addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire, and a rabbit. In the end, the robber gives up and lets everyone go. But when the police storm the apartment, it is… empty.

In a series of dysfunctional testimonies afterwards, the witnesses all tell their versions of what happened, whereupon a mystery develops around the questions: How did the robber escape? Why is everyone so angry? And what is wrong with people these days?

Anxious People will be produced by FLX, Fatima Varhos, and executive producers Pontus Edgren and Martina Håkansson. Fredrik Backman, Neda Backman, and literary agent Tor Jonasson also serve as executive producers.

The series will launch globally on Netflix (date tba). You can add it to your queue now.

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Anxious People: New Swedish Netflix Original Series from the Author of ‘A Man Called Ove’