Project Description

M/S ESTONIA

M/S Estonia: The Last Wave a new original series for Viaplay

  • Series created and directed by Charlotte Brändström (The Witcher, Shôgun, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Madam Secretary etc.)
  • M/S Estonia – produced by Scandinavian Content Group in association with ITV Studios.

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is developing the international drama series M/S Estonia as its next original production. The English-language show explores one of the 20[th] century’s worst maritime disasters, the 1994 sinking of the Estonia ferry in the Baltic Sea that cost 852 people their lives.
M/S Estonia will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service.

Few events in recent Nordic and Baltic history give rise to as many emotions – and theories – as those of 28 September 1994. The cause of the Estonia’s sinking continues to be disputed, and in autumn 2020 a mysterious four-metre hole was discovered in the ship’s hull. The drama series M/S Estonia asks what politicians and the military knew about the tragedy – and whether it was really an accident.

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Chief Content Officer: “The Estonia disaster will never be forgotten, and the latest evidence has renewed calls for a full and independent enquiry. Our aim with this dramatisation is to pose some urgent questions, while painting a sensitive and moving portrait of one of the Baltic Sea’s darkest nights.”

The series is created and directed by Charlotte Brändström, who has directed episodes of major international productions such as The Witcher, Shôgun, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power among others. Brändström shares story credits on the show with Paolo Vacirca (The Hypnotist).

Charlotte Brändström: “Making drama based on real events is a specific challenge. The aim is not to dramatise what we already know, but to show what we otherwise would never see. What really happened to the Estonia? And why?”

M/S Estonia is produced by Scandinavian Content Group in association with ITV Studios.

Julie Meldal-Johnsen, EVP Global Content, ITV Studios: “The sinking of the Estonia was deeply shocking and we are honoured to be working with NENT Group, Paolo, Charlotte and the creative team they have assembled to shine a light on this event and the mystery that still surrounds it. Audiences worldwide are sure to be compelled by the visceral and emotional scenes envisioned by this exceptional team.”