First deals on Scandinavian format Nurses
Eccho Rights announces two deals on the Scandinavian drama show, Nurses.
In Germany, ProSeibenSat.1 have licenced the show. This is the first time a German commercial channel has bought an original Scandinavian drama.
In the UK, DLT Productions will make a local version with Margaret Enefer heading up the team. DLT are behind popular series like As Time Goes By and My Family. Whilst Enefer is the former head of drama at STV and producer on hit shows such as Taggart and The Poison Tree.
Head of Drama, Margaret Enefer said: “Nurses is a fantastic scripted format and we’re very excited to be developing this amazing project here. The NHS is such an important part of British life we believe this series will really connect with the audience, particularly through the strengths of the four female characters at the centre of the drama. Their personal stories and the impact that has on their professional lives is what drew us to the material so strongly.”
Nurses (Syke) comes from Finnish prodco Yellow Film and deals with the professional and personal lives of four female colleagues who cope in different ways with the challenges of life on the trauma ward. They take on the tast of saving lives with determination, strength and a black sense of humour in a system that sometimes seems designed to do the opposite.
When Nurses premiered on YLE 2 in Finland last fall it was the third most watched show on the night behind the news and long running soap Salatut Elämät. It increased viewing figures on the lead in slot by over 600% and set social media on fire. Nurses has also broken all records on YLE Areena, the channel’s online catch up service, becoming the most watched series ever on the platform.
Nicola Söderlund, managing partner at Eccho Rights, says, “Nurses was a hit in Finland before the show even aired, with commissioners ordering new episodes based on the scripts. Their confidence in the show was confirmed with amazing viewing figures and great audience feedback when the show came to screens last fall."
“Broadcasters are always on the look out for a show that really engages viewers both on screen and beyond. Nurses is a perfect example of this. It’ll be interesting to see how the audience takes to it in Germany and how the UK adapt the storyline for the local audience.”