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Hailed as Norway’s most-watched crime drama, Acquitted Season 1 is now streaming on on MHz Choice! (U.S. only)

In this hugely popular Norwegian drama, a businessman returns to his hometown 20 years after being acquitted of his high school sweetheart’s murder – but that’s just the beginning of the story. Two decades after being acquitted of Karine Hansteen’s murder, Aksel Borgen is now a successful businessman living with his wife and teenage son in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their blissful life is shattered one night when Aksel receives a phone call from his hometown of Lifjord, in Norway. Solar Tech, the family-run energy firm that is the economic lifeblood of the entire region, faces bankruptcy, and Aksel is their last hope. Unfortunately for all involved, the CEO of Solar Tech is none other than Eva Hansteen – Karine’s mother! Can Aksel face up to his terrible past, and can Eva come to terms with the man she holds responsible for her daughter’s death – all for the survival of the community?


Aksel Borgen
Born and raised in a small village on the west coast of Norway, businessman Aksel Borgen (formerly Nilsen) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Married to Angeline, a corporate lawyer, and facing the challenge of raising their 16-year-old son, Tim, Aksel’s personal and professional bliss is interrupted one day when he receives a phone call from his hometown of Lifjord – somewhere he hasn’t set foot for over 20 years

Eva Hansteen
Eva is the stern but fair boss of Solar Tech, the high-tech energy firm that is the economic lifeblood of the small village of Lifjord, Norway. Married to wealthy, semi-retired investor William and mother to Lars, Eva effectively sees herself as the corporate mother of the Solar Tech community as well. So when global market forces conspire to threaten the existence of the company, William is forced to take drastic measures to ensure its survival – and Eva is faced with a dilemma.

Erik Nilsen
In stark contrast to his globetrotting brother, Erik has spent the last 20 years living at home with their ailing mother, Mai-Britt, and carrying on a secret affair with local girl Åse. An enthusiastic snowboarder, Erik harbors dreams of starting his own alpine gear business, but doesn’t have the first clue about how to get started. When Aksel returns to Lifjord after all those years, Erik understandably feels jealousy and resentment toward his estranged brother.

Tonje Sandvik
Tonje is the brilliant research scientist spearheading a technological breakthrough in Solar Tech’s R&D department. She and Aksel go way back, to high school, in fact, and she still secretly harbors feelings for him. Tonje is also the one witness who provided Aksel with the key alibi in his murder trial all those years ago – but was she truthful in her testimony?

William Hansteen
Patriarch to not only the Hansteen family but also the entire village of Lifjord, it’s been years since William handed over the day-to-day running of Solar Tech to his wife, Eva. Now semi-retired, he still has a vested interest in the company’s success. So when international market forces conspire to threaten massive layoffs, and even the continued existence of the company, William takes the drastic decision to make a late-night phone call to Kuala Lumpur for help.

Angeline Borgen
Wife to Aksel, mother to 16-year-old Tim and a high-flying attorney specializing in international law, Angie is one woman who works hard to have it all. She learned years ago that if she wanted to be with Aksel, she’d have to accept that he didn’t want to talk about his family or his past. That all changes with one fateful phone call, and before long prodigal son Aksel is back in Lifjord  – and Angie is learning the terrible truth about Aksel’s secret past.

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