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Ovation TV announced today that it has acquired the US linear rights for one season of Nordic noir spy thriller Red Election, which the network will begin airing next month.

Red Election on Ovation TV
Red Election — Photo courtesy of Ovation TV

The rights for Red Election came in a deal between Ovation TV, America’s premier arts network, and A+E Networks® International, the series’ distributor.

Ovation TV will premiere Red Election in the US on Saturday, August 6, at 7 PM ET. New episodes will debut weekly at the same time, with the conclusion set for Saturday, October 8. The series will air during “Mystery Alley,” Ovation TV’s Saturday night programming destination, which features premium mystery and crime series from around the globe.

The English-language, 10 x 60″ Nordic noir spy thriller stars Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones, The Tunnel), Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack, Ten Percent), James D’Arcy (Homeland, Those Who Kill), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (The Split, The Last Panthers), Lorraine Burroughs (Close to Me, DCI Banks), and Victoria Carmen Sonne (Holiday, Winter Brothers).

The series reflects the reality of living in a globalized, socially-connected world. Against a backdrop of simmering international tensions, the newly-elected British Prime Minister announces a referendum to decide the future of Scotland in the United Kingdom. But behind the scenes, a shady foreign power seeks to influence the election, unleash its agents of chaos, and upset the world order.

Danish secret service agent Katrine Poulson (Victoria Carmen Sonne) and British spy Beatrice Ogilvy (Lydia Leonard) are thrown together in a race against time. As a terrorist plot against British Prime Minister Adam Cornwell (James D’Arcy) unfolds, Poulson and Ogilvy are tangled up in a web of lies, murder, and power struggles; they can’t trust anyone, and they soon realize the deadly conspiracy could be part of a far-reaching geopolitical master plan.

Stephen Dillane costars as Beatrice’s father, MI5 Director William Ogilvy; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Senior MI5 Leader Levi Nichols; and Lorraine Burroughs as barrister Etta Cornwall, wife of the British PM.

Said Scott Woodward, EVP of Programming and Production, Ovation TV:

“We are beyond thrilled to acquire the rights to Red Election, a fantastic Nordic series that will fit in perfectly with our Mystery Alley programming slate. Ovation’s viewers love our mystery content, and this spy thriller is a great addition to our robust library.”

And Ellen Lovejoy, SVP, International Content Sales and Head of Format Sales, A+E Networks, commented:

“We are so excited to bring Red Election to Ovation TV. Viewers will flock to this edge-of-your-seat, high-voltage, extremely timely thriller, with strong female leads, nuanced characters, and powerful storytelling.”

In addition to airing on Ovation TV, episodes of Red Election will also be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app.


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Red Election: Ovation TV Secures US Linear TV Rights for Nordic Noir Spy Thriller
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