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AMC Networks has acquired the US, Canada, and UK streaming rights to Swedish mystery-crime drama series Bäckström for its Acorn TV streaming service.

Bäckström: Kjell Bergqvist as Evert Bäckström — Photo by Jonath Mathew, courtesy of Banijay Rights / AMC Networks

Bäckström stars Kjell Bergqvist (Spring Tide, 30 Degrees in February, Death of a Pilgrim) as Evert Bäckström, a detective who has gained fame for solving 99% of the cases that he has worked on.

Bäckström’s aversion to bureaucracy, the rules, bosses, colleagues, and human beings in general, is rooted in his self-image of being a genius and the only investigator in the world worthy of the name. His role as a criminology expert on the TV show True Crime has made him a minor celebrity among everyday citizens as well as the “riffraff.” Adored and despised in equal measure, Bäckström leaves chaos and resentment in his wake, but people put up with it because his track record for solving murder cases is unparalleled in… well, the world.

But will he be able to solve an inexplicable mystery that even he couldn’t have imagined?

Based on the novel Can You Die Twice? by Swedish criminologist Leif GW Persson, the first season of Bäckström finds the ace detective investigating a bizarre case after a human skull with a bullet hole is found in the Swedish archipelago. DNA results confirm it belongs to a victim who had perished in the 2004 Thailand tsunami. But how can you die twice?

Costars in the six-episode first season include Agnes Lindström Bolmgren (The Restaurant), Livia Millhagen (Veni Vidi Vici), Filip Berg (Black Lake), Malgorzata Pieczynska (Before We Die), Linus Wahlgren (Crimes of Passion), and Jens Hultén (Johan Falk).

Bäckström: Series 1 premieres February 8 on Acorn TV in the UK, and will arrive on the streaming service in North America later this spring.

The series is produced by Yellow Bird for C More and TV4 in co-production with Film i Väst and ARD Degeto.

The second season of Bäckström is due to begin filming this spring. Its six episodes are based on Leif GW Persson’s novel The Sword of Justice, which centers on a case involving a macabre music box.


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Bäckström: Acorn TV Picks Up Swedish Crime Thriller for US, UK, Canada
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