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Continuing the momentum that it has generated since its recent rebranding the UK arm of Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group), NENT Studios UK has announced English-language psychological drama series Close to Me, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by British author Amanda Reynolds.
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The 6 x 60’ English-language drama, the UK subsidiary’s first original production, Close to Me is the story of Jo Harding a woman who seems to have it all – a beautiful house in the country, a loving family and a devoted husband. But following a fall, an entire year suddenly vanishes from Jo’s memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life wasn’t quite as perfect as she imagined – and that someone will do all they can to keep a terrible secret from her.

It stars award-winning Danish actress Connie Nielsen (pictured) and will be a Viaplay Original premiering exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service across the Nordic and Baltic regions in 2021 and will be an acquisition for Channel 4 in the UK. Nielsen will also be an executive producer of the series. Angela Pell wrote the screenplay.

Commenting on the deal Richard Halliwell, CEO of NENT Studios UK, said: “We are delighted to work with The Development Partnership on such a strong and impactful first project: Close to Me is an impressive title to spearhead NENT Studios UK’s slate of original content and will undoubtedly prove an excellent calling card for the new business. We are currently developing a high-volume, wide-ranging slate of scripted projects, primarily for Viaplay, and anticipate announcing further greenlights over the coming months. I believe our new business to be a very attractive proposition, especially for British drama producers and writers, and encourage those with great ideas to get in touch.”

The freshly greenlit series was originally developed by The Development Partnership and Great Point Media and is part of TDP’s first look deal with NENT Studios UK. This is the first series from the venture, which was initiated to create high-profile drama projects for the international market. Dopamine’s recently announced partnership with NENT Studios UK will see it act as a co-production partner for the series, while NENT Studios UK will distribute the title internationally.

“Close to Me is the perfect first project for TDP and NENT Studios UK,” added Robert Taylor, managing director of The Development Partnership. “We saw the huge potential for development in Amanda Reynolds’ novel as soon as we read it and Angela Pell has taken that foundation and written fantastic scripts which bring this world and these characters to life. We are delighted to be working with both Channel 4 and Viaplay, and with the incredibly strong team we have assembled in front of and behind the camera.”