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Yle’s series The Paradise has become highly popular with nearly two million viewers

Uuden Espanjaan sijoittuvan rikosdraaman päärooleissa näyttelevät Riitta Havukainen ja Fran Perea.
The leading roles are played by Fran Perea and Riitta Havukainen. Uuden Espanjaan sijoittuvan rikosdraaman päärooleissa näyttelevät Riitta Havukainen ja Fran Perea. Picture by: Ana Belen Fernandez Yle TV1,Riitta Havukainen,Fran Perea,paratiisi

The eight-part series has been viewed nearly two million times on Yle Areena in a week. The opening episode was watched on television and as an online stream by nearly 900.000 people on the first week.

In The Paradise, Hilkka Mäntymäki (played by Riitta Havukainen), a senior criminal investigator from Oulu, travels to Fuengirola Spain to investigate the disappearance of a Finnish family.

The average number of viewers for the opening episode aired on television and as an online stream was 865.000 on the first week. In addition, the figures on Areena show that an unusually large number of people have watched the whole drama series during its first week.

“The plot of The Paradise that is set under the grey and cloudy sky in Oulu and in the sun-soaked Fuengirola, as well as the characters of the series, have been warmly welcomed. The differences and similarities between the two cultures have charmed the viewers and made them give direct feedback much more than normally. The whole team is very happy about the success of the new series”, says Head of Yle Drama, Jarmo Lampela, delightedly.

Viewers have, in particular, praised the actors’ performances, the combination of Spain and Finland as the set and the way in which they treat Alzheimer’s disease in The Paradise. They say that the series keeps its viewers hooked from the first seconds to the very end.

“It’s great how The Paradise attracts different kinds of viewers. The first episode of the series was watched by an impressive number of people on Yle TV1, and people are also watching it eagerly on Yle Areena. The audience comprises both men and women, and younger age groups are also becoming more and more interested in the series”, says Petri Jauhiainen, head of publishing at Yle TV and Areena.

The Paradise is aired on TV1 on Sundays at 9:05 pm. All episodes of the series are also available on Yle Areena (available only in Finland), and the series will be published in all other Nordic countries in 2020.

Sources of viewing figures: TV audience measurement/Finnpanel Oy and Yle’s data cloud.