Banijay Rights has licensed season three of the hit drama series The Restaurant to Sundance Now in the U.S.
The Restaurant begins on Peace Day 1945 and centers on the Löwander family, who run a prestigious restaurant in Stockholm. Season one covered the years 1945 to 1950, and season two moved the story on to 1955 to 1962. The third season, currently in production, picks up the action from 1968 to 1971.
Banijay Rights notched up presales of the third season with Sat.1 Emotions in Germany, Filmin in Spain and ERR in Estonia. The series is produced by Swedish production company Jarowskij, part of Banijay Group, in co-production for SVT, Viaplay and Film iVäst.
Nada Arnot, general manager at Sundance Now, said, “With its enticing period setting and first-rate production values, our members loved the first two series and have been asking for more episodes. We’re thrilled to partner with our friends at Banijay to offer them another season of this addictive Swedish Sundance Now original series.”
Andreas Lemos, VP of North America sales, acquisitions and co-productions at Banijay Rights, added, “The Restaurant has been a strong performer since it launched on SVT1. With the highest premiere of a drama series in Sweden in more than five years, it remains STV’s biggest show to date, a success which has been reflected by audience interest in the territories where it has already been acquired, including in the U.S. We are pleased to have secured presales for series three and look forward to delivering the series to our clients in the coming months.”