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The Replacement Remake for Elisa Viihde


A remake of the hit BBC drama The Replacement is being prepped to air on the Elisa Viihde Viaplay streaming service in 2022.

The Replacement will be a three-part series based on the miniseries of the same name, a psychological thriller about the fear of losing one’s professional and personal life. The Finnish version is produced by Helsinki-filmi and directed by Jyri Kähönen (Sorjonen, Trackers).

The original BBC series was created by Joe Ahearne and Nicole Cauverien and produced by Left Bank Pictures. Vicky McClure starred.

Ani Korpela, head of content business at Elisa Viihde, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic grew the demand for quality series, and we were looking for new ways to produce them. As a localized, Finnish adaptation of BBC’s original drama, The Replacement is a good example of experimenting a new way of production by a miniseries.”

Kähönen said: “As a child, I wanted to become an architect, so the idea of making a thriller in the world of architecture was fascinating. When the story is combined with strong, versatile female characters, the result is a unique and relatable story of tension.”

Producer Mia Ylönen from Helsinki Filmi said: “The Replacement elegantly enters the inner layers of the human psyche like Hitchcock’s movies and undermines the setting of family life. The series slowly ties a rope around the main character and keeps the spectator uncertain about who is right—and who will survive.”

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