THE UNLIKELY MURDERER
A compelling and psychologically dense attempt to unravel a crime that shook a nation at its core
The Swedish five part limited series is a fictional interpretation of the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986 based on the the award-winning book The Unlikely Murderer from 2018 written by Thomas Pettersson.
The story is especially concerned with Stig Engström, the graphic designer who was named as the probable murderer, and how he managed to elude justice right up to his death through a combination of audacity, luck and a perplexed police force. Robert Gustafsson (The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Det som göms i snö), one of Sweden’s most beloved comedians and actors, will play the lead role as Stig Engström. Gustafsson has said that: “It’s an exciting challenge and a great responsibility to portray Stig Engström, but also, in a way, a form of therapy. Since I was at the same cinema as Olof Palme on the night of the murder, this case has always felt like an abscess that never disappears – and I’m not alone in feeling that.’
As such, the drama series deals with a past that has settled as a national trauma within the Swedish people. The story explores questions like what makes someone a murderer and who feels compelled to target a prime minister for assassination? And finally, how did this sad, solipsistic figure of Stig Engström elude police detection?
Join scriptwriters Wilhelm Berhmann and Niklas Rockström (Caliphate, Before We Die) for a talk about The Unlikely Murderer, a prominent Swedish contribution to the Nordic Noir scene and possibly, the greatest real-life whodunit in Swedish history.
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Wilhelm Berhman, Scriptwriter
Niklas Rockström, Scriptwriter
Wilhelm Behrman is a Swedish series creator and scriptwriter. I collaboration with Niklas Rockström, he has written Before We Die (Inden Vi Dør) and Caliphate (Kalifatet) while their most recent project is the much-anticipated series The Unlikely Murderer (2021). He has a background as a news reporter for Svenska Dagbladet along with the news programme EKOT. Aside from his scriptwriting career, he works as a psychologist in Stockholm on a daily basis.
Niklas Rockström is a Swedish scriptwriter, who is behind a range of acclaimed series, like Before We Die (Inden Vi Dør) and the award-winning Caliphate (Kalifatet), which was nominated for Best Television Drama at Filmlance International AB in 2020. Both productions were a collaboration with Wilhelm Behrman. Aside from these, Rockström has been head writer on the series Alex and co-written the well-known crime series Wallander. In a new collaboration with Behrman, Rockström is scriptwriter of The Unlikely Murderer series for Netflix.