SVT struck the deal for 20 Dakika (20 Minutes), which it will bill as 20 Minuter, with distributor Eccho Rights. The pair previously closed a deal that brought another Turkish drama, The End, to Swedish screens earlier this year.
The show will run on SVT in 60 parts across the Winter season in a daytime slot. Each episode will be 28 minutes, apart from the pilot, which is a 1x90mins special.
The drama comes from prolific Turkish drama producer Ay Yapim (Ezel). It tells the ‘cat-and-mouse’ story of a timid history teacher whose wife, played by actress Tuba Büyüküstün (pictured), is convicted of killing the son of a powerful but corrupt man and given a life sentence. The husband is then forced to step up and attempt to exonerate her.
“It’s a modern Turkish thriller in the same style as The End, but perhaps even more contemporary,” Eccho Rights managing director Fredrik af Malmborg told TBI.
Eccho Rights sells the show in a number of territories, with Turkey-based Inter Medya selling it others.
Ay Yapim is a member of the Sparks Network, which is Eccho Rights’s sister firm in the Sparks Eccho stable.