Viaplay Unveils First Dutch Originals


The Guilty and Something Stupid have been confirmed as the first scripted Viaplay originals in the Netherlands.

“Viaplay has rapidly become a major player in international drama, and we have high ambitions for the Netherlands,” said Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group’s chief content officer. “As in our Nordic markets, we will invest in the local creative industry and partner with the hottest talents while helping to develop new voices.”

“And as our first two Dutch Viaplay originals show, we will tell stories that are compelling, thought-provoking and above all unique,” added Wallestam.

In the crime drama The Guilty (De Schuldige), a mother discovers that her teenage son has committed murder and goes to extreme lengths to keep him out of prison. Written by Liesbeth Strik (Hoe mijn keurige ouders in de bak belandden, Mijn Kleine Grote Broer), the series is produced by Ginger Fiction.

Created by best-selling novelist Saskia Noort, Something Stupid is a dark comedy produced by Levitate Film. It follows three women seeking revenge on the man who betrayed them and explores themes of equality and exploitation in the TV industry.

Both series are produced for Viaplay by Kennard Bos. Viaplay will launch in the Netherlands on March 1.

Strik said: “I’m very excited to make The Guilty for Viaplay. It will be a psychological thriller about parenting—a personal story about a mother’s struggle that I’m convinced will appeal to a broad audience.”

Noort added: “I’m super excited to write my first original series for Viaplay. And it’s my first dark comedy as well—what an honor to get this chance. I won’t disappoint you!”