Icelandic Show “The Minister” to Be Streamed Internationally

Rights to Icelandic show The Minister, starring Ólafur Darri Ólafsson of Trapped fame, have been acquired by streaming platforms and television broadcasters across Europe, North America, and Australia, Variety reports. The show, which premiered in Iceland on September 20, has been nominated for the Venice TV Awards and is in the running for the Prix Europa.

The Minister (Ráðherrann in Icelandic) is an eight-part series that follows populist Prime Minister Benedikt Ríkarðsson (Ólafur Darri) as his mental illness grows and his colleagues try to keep it a secret from the nation. The show featured a cameo by Ben Stiller, who appeared in a video to express his opposition to whaling in Iceland.

Icelandic media outlet DV interviewed Iceland’s ministers about the show. “I found Ólafur Darri so sincere and convincing – that he could clearly go into politics!” stated Minister of Education and Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir.

Trapped Season 3: Filming Begins in North Iceland

Ófærð (Trapped)

Filming of the third season of Icelandic crime drama Trapped (Ófærð) is scheduled to begin shortly in Siglufjörður, North Iceland, trolli.is reports. Between 60 and 80 people will be working on the shoot, which is to take place between September 24 and October 9. Both season one and two of the popular show were filmed in part in Siglufjörður.

All cast and crew will be staying at hotels and guesthouses in the town of 1,174. One scene will be filmed at the Siglufjörður swimming pool, which will be closed to the public for the duration of filming. The gym and sports facilities at the same location will remain open.

Iceland’s largely successful response to COVID-19 has made it possible for many large-scale film projects to go ahead as planned this year. Regulations have been put in place, however, to minimise the risk of transmission. Presently, production companies in Iceland must apply for a special filming permit that allows actors to be exempted from distancing rules. A COVID safety supervisor must be on set at all times, and makeup and costuming staff are required to wear masks, as is the film crew in spaces where distancing cannot be maintained. Cast and crew will all have their temperature taken daily when arriving on set.

The Trapped team has been working on the show’s third season since as early as December 2018.

What Is the Current Status of Trapped: Season Three?

Ófærð (Trapped)

The first season of the TV series Trapped, created by Baltasar Kormákur and produced by RVK Studios, was broadcast in Iceland in December 2015. The most expensive TV series in Icelandic history, Trapped follows detective Andri Ólafsson (portrayed by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) as he works to solve the murder of a former townsman whose mutilated corpse is recovered by fishermen in a remote Icelandic town.

Following the success of the first season – broadcasting rights were purchased by networks across the world, including the BBC, and the series received favourable reviews – season two of Trapped premiered in Iceland in early 2019, with many recurring characters from season one.

While RVK Studios has announced that season three has been in the works since late 2018, the company has offered few updates; recently, however, Iceland Review spoke to a representative from RVK Studios who was willing to offer a few points regarding the much-anticipated third season:

1. The general storyline has already been mapped out.
2. Writers are currently working to finish the script.
3. RVK Studios hopes to start production later this year or the next (although nothing has been officially confirmed).
4. The company is determined to go ahead with the project and release season three in the near future.