Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, MRP and Yle shoot the crime drama “Paradise” on the Costa del Sol

The series stars the Finnish actress Riitta Havukainen and Malaga-born actor Fran Perea. Cast members also include María Romero, Óscar Zafra and Emilio Palacios, and the Finnish actors Risto Tuorila, Carl-Christian Rundman and Armi Toivanen.

Riitta Havukainen and Fran Perea

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, Finnish public television network Yle and MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy are shooting “Paradise” on the Costa del Sol, a series starring Fran Perea (“The Serranos”, “Luna, el misterio de Calenda”, “La sonata del silencio”, “The Last Circus”) and Riitta Havukainen (“Fakta homma”, “Harjunpää ja heimolaiset”). Filmed in Finnish, Spanish and English, the crime drama is directed by Marja Pyykkö, responsible for police series “Hooked” and “Black Widows”, winner of the prestigious Golden Venla award; and with the collaboration of Matti Laine, author of detective novels and the series “Border Town” and “Bullets”, as head screenwriter. The series, which will be airing at the end of the year in Finland, was filmed in November on location in Finland, and from January on the Costa del Sol.

Ran Tellem, Head of International Content Development for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Emmy award winner as executive producer for “Homeland”, collaborated on the development of this dark themed series, consisting of 8 episodes. 

“Paradise” also features Spanish actors María Romero (“Historias románticas (un poco) cabronas”, “El olivo”), Óscar Zafra (“Querido maestro”, “Victim Nº 8”) and Emilio Palacios (“Servir y proteger”, “La zona”), among others; and the Finnish ones Risto Tuorila, Carl-Christian Rundman and Armi Toivanen, among others.  

The contrast between the cold north and the sunny south is the backbone of the plot, whose production began last October in the Finnish city of Oulu. It is in this difference between the dark and grey environments of the Nordic country, with its endless nights and very short days, and the sun and light of the Mediterranean, ever-present in the series filmed on the Costa del Sol, where one of the novel features of this fiction lies.

After filming in Oulu and the surrounding area, “Paradise” moved to the Costa del Sol, where there is an important Finnish community, founded in Fuengirola at the end of the 60’s and currently consisting of nearly 15,000 Finnish residents, a figure that increases in high season. Filming in Spain began at the end of January and will end on April 10.


In addition to sea and sun, the Finnish community have everything they need to feel at home: schools, lawyers and all the services they might need in their native tongue. They have a newspaper published in Finnish, a native Finnish doctor and, if all else fails, there’s a good Finnish undertaker ready to take over.


But what happens when Finns start showing up dead, murdered in paradise?



Photo: Riitta Havukainen and Fran Perea. ©Ana Belén Fernández