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Ovation TV Closes Deal To Air Nordic Spy Thriller ‘Red Election’ Starting In August

Arts network Ovation TV has signed a deal with A+E Networks International for the linear rights for one season of Nordic noir spy thriller Red Election. The exciting new series reflects the reality of living in a globalized world that is socially connected. Against a backdrop of simmering international tensions, the newly elected British Prime Minister announces a referendum to decide the future of Scotland in the United Kingdom. But behind the scenes, a shady foreign power seeks to influence the election, unleash its agents of chaos, and upset the world order.

Starring Stannis The Mannis himself Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack), and James D’Arcy (Homeland, Agent Carter), Ovation will air the U.S. television premiere of Red Election on Saturday, August 6 at 7pm ET.

Danish secret service agent Katrine Poulson (Victoria Carmen Sonne) and British spy Beatrice Ogilvy (Leonard) are thrown together in a race against time. As a terrorist plot against the British PM (D’Arcy) unfolds, Poulson and Ogilvy are tangled up in a web of lies, murder, and power struggles; they can’t trust anyone, and they soon realize the deadly conspiracy could be part of a far-reaching geopolitical masterplan. The series also stars Dillane as Beatrice’s father, MI5 Director William Ogilvy; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Doctor Strange, Justice League) as Senior MI5 Leader Levi Nichols; and Lorraine Burroughs (Silent Witness, Fortitude, Death in Paradise) as barrister Etta Cornwall, wife of the British PM.

“We are beyond thrilled to acquire the rights to Red Election, a fantastic Nordic series that will fit in perfectly with our Mystery Alley programming slate,” said Woodward. “Ovation’s viewers love our mystery content, and this spy thriller is a great addition to our robust library.”

“We are so excited to bring Red Election to Ovation TV,” said Ellen Lovejoy, SVP, International Content Sales and Head of Format Sales, A+E Networks. “Viewers will flock to this edge-of-your-seat, high-voltage, extremely timely thriller, with strong female leads, nuanced characters, and powerful storytelling.” 

The series will air during Ovation TV’s Saturday night programming block “Mystery Alley”, which features premium mystery and crime series from around the globe. Episode descriptions below.

Episode One airs on Saturday, August 6 at 7pm ET

A senior MI5 Agent witnesses an attack that thrusts her into a web of power struggles, lies, and murder alongside a Danish Secret Service agent.

Episode Two airs on Saturday, August 13 at 7pm ET

When Levi Nichols is promoted over Beatrice to the position that her late boss held, she threatens Katrine with a truth drug.

Episode Three airs Saturday, August 20 at 7pm ET

Vic Carmen Sonne as Katrine Poulson  in Red Election
Vic Carmen Sonne as Danish secret service agent Katrine Poulson

Adam’s contact with Holly and stress from the referendum has negatively impacted his marriage. He and Etta decide to go to a therapy session.

Episode Four airs Saturday, August 27 at 7pm ET

When a video emerges of Adam conversing with oil executives, he claims it is a deep fake, but it doesn’t help him with the polls.

Episode Five airs Saturday, September 3 at 7pm ET

As the Yes vote surges, William implores Adam to resign, but Adam refuses; Zak’s special adviser, Nikki, chats with Adam about the possibility of rigging the digital vote.

Episode Six airs Saturday, September 10 at 7pm ET

Stephen Dillane as MI5 Director William Ogilvy

Katrine discovers proof that there was a second bomb. Realizing she is a threat, William invites her to his house where he plans to learn the truth about her.

Episode Seven airs Saturday, September 17 at 7pm ET

Beatrice’s only friend, Yelena, is an asset who works for the GRU in Russia. Yelena passes on urgent intel about an imminent terrorist attack.

Episode Eight airs Saturday, September 24 at 7pm ET

Katrine has the Stuxnet Worm USB, which if attached to a power station’s central computer, can mimic a nuclear meltdown, triggering mass panic.

Episode Nine airs Saturday, October 1 at 7pm ET

The day of the referendum arrives. Things look good for Adam until someone leaks the result of Holly’s DNA test. Holly feels distraught, while Etta is angry, and the voters in Scotland believe Adam has lied.

Episode Ten airs Saturday, October 8 at 7pm ET

James D'Arcy as Prime Minister Adam Cornwell in Red Election
James D’Arcy as Prime Minister Adam Cornwell

Adam gets ready to resign. To Etta’s disgust, he changes his mind, and she leaves him; Adam starts to suspect that his friend, Zak, is undermining him.

Episodes will also be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app.

Images via OVATION TV and A+E

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