The Unlikely Murderer – Re-interpreting a Swedish National Trauma

Wilhelm Berhman, Scriptwriter and Niklas Rockström, Scriptwriter

The Unlikely Murderer is the unlikely story of how a prime minister got murdered and no one was ever convicted. The murderer got away and consequently, the memory of that terrible night in 1986 never left the Swedish national conciousness. For that reason, the Palme-murder is one of the most controversial cases in Swedish history.

The Unlikely Murderer story is based on Thomas Pettersson’s book of the same title published in 2018. This year, the story will be revived in a five part limited series, however, no longer as a mystery but instead as a case with a clear theory. The series will focus on Stig Engström, played by Robert Gustafsson, who is generally assumed to be the murderer.

The session will host scriptwriters Wilhelm Berhman and Nicklas Rockström in conversation about the controversial task of deciding on a truth and consequently, the dilemma that arises from enganging with something that almost every Swedish citizen has an opinion about.

In order to justify their approach to the project, the writers found it neccesary to be able to answer two questions. Firstly, are the theories presented in Thomas Pettersson’s book contestable and thereby fair? And secondly, do we believe it to be a good story? As they felt able to answer ‘yes’ to both these questions, they embarked on the daunting task of re-telling history through a fictional narrative.


Date: Friday October 29 2021

Time: Series Track 9 AM – 4 PM

Venue: Filmby Aarhus, Studio 1

Broadcaster: Netflix


Wilhelm Berhman, Scriptwriter

Niklas Rockström, Scriptwriter

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