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Beta’s series "Unknown Soldier" takes the Finnish viewership by storm

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Jan 02 2019

Munich, 2 January 2019. An impressive one in five Fins have watched Aku Louhimies' TV series Unknown Soldier, based on the most successful Finnish film ever.

Over a million viewers tuned in on the premiere of the five-hour-series on December 30st on public broadcaster YLE. On VOD, the series debut scored a strong additional 200.000 views, making it the top ranked show.

Väinö Linna's best-selling novel by the same title was previously adapted into the Finland's most successful feature film of all times, earning more than € 10.5 million in a country with a population of 5.5 Mio – that's two times the box office of Finland's all-time number two Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The World War II series tells the story, which is based on the feature film, of a regiment of ordinary Finnish soldiers who find themselves in the midst of a bloody conflict between Finland and the Soviet Union. Still they try to deal with harsh, unforgiving conditions of the Continuation War by engaging in survival games and address their hopeless situation with humor. Gritty and realistic, yet deeply humane, Unknown Soldier shatters the myth of the obedient soldier eager to die for his country.

The 5 hours show is produced by Elokuvaosakeyhtiö Suomi 2017 in co-production with Scope Pictures and Kvikmyndafélag Íslands. Beta handles the world sales of the feature film and the TV series.