• Jakob Oftebro is Agent Hamilton. (Beta Film)Source: Beta Film
Find out why Sweden’s new spy thriller was chosen as a ‘must-see’ series at Cannes.
SBS Guide

27 Mar 2020 - 1:55 PM  UPDATED 27 Mar 2020 - 1:55 PM

When shows are elevated at MIPCOM, the world’s entertainment market held at Cannes each year, you know they’re worth seeing. Sweden’s Agent Hamilton was one such show, dubbed a ‘must-see’ series by Variety, and has got the go-ahead to shoot season 2.

Based on the best-selling Hamilton novels by Jan Guillou, Agent Hamilton stars Jakob Oftebro (who SBS viewers may recognise from Below The Surface) in the titular role as Carl, who’s just returned to Stockholm where the city’s reeling from a series of cyberattacks and bombings.

Desperate to find their source, SÄPO, Sweden’s secret service, enlists Agent Hamilton, who’d left the service, in their elite black-ops division alongside Agent Kristin Ek (Nina Zanjani, Wallander). The pair embark on a chase around the world, their effort leading them to discover the forces behind the attacks are much darker than the usual suspects.

Added to this action-packed quest is Hamilton’s past – he trained as a Navy SEAL in the US, leading some of his colleagues, including Ek, to suspect he’s a CIA double agent, all unbeknownst to Hamilton himself. With the looming suspect – an organisation taking advantage of xenophobia, terrorism and fake news to turn a profit – sparking a new ‘Cold War’, Hamilton faces a choice about what kind of future he sees for his country in a world where multinational business interests have become the new ideologies.

Involving Russian, American and Swedish intelligence services, this multilingual series is anchored by an English-language narrative and sizzles with the chemistry between the leading pair. 

Agent Hamilton is now streaming at SBS On Demand

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