‘The Unlikely Murderer’ (alternatively titled ‘Den Osannolika Mördaren’) is a Swedish language crime drama series based on Thomas Pettersson’s novel of the same name. Developed for television by Wilhelm Behrman and Niklas Rockström, the series is set in 1980s. The show gives a fictionalized account of the assassination of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme. It also examines the role of suspected killer Stig Engström in what remains of the most baffling murder cases in Swedish history.
The show features a stunning on-screen recreation of Sweden of the 80s with appropriately picked locations and well-designed sets. If you watched the series and developed a curiosity to learn more about the backdrops used in some of the sequences, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything we know about the filming sites of ‘The Unlikely Murderer.’
The Unlikely Murderer Filming Locations
‘The Unlikely Murderer’ was extensively filmed on-location in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. The principal photography reportedly took place in the first half of 2021. The makers’ decision to shoot the five-part mini-series in Stockholm is understandable since most of the real events the series draws from transpired in the city. Let’s take a closer look at the exact filming spots.
Stockholm serves as a primary filming site for ‘The Unlikely Murderer.’ Located near Lake Mälaren, the city is one of the most populous urban areas in the Scandinavian region. As per reports, filming for the miniseries took place at the intersection between Sveavägen Street and Tunnelgatan Street in Norrmalm borough, which lies in central Stockholm. The street corner is exactly where the assassination of the then-Prime Minister Olof Palme took place in 1986.
The show’s art and decor team revamped the exteriors of various local stores and businesses on the street to give them an 80s aesthetic. The production team also procured era-appropriate cars to enhance the authenticity of the visual depiction of Stockholm in the 80s.
The filming for indoor scenes likely took place on sets created on soundstages. Sources revealed that the cast and crew shot some footage at Zum Franziskaner, a traditional Swedish diner situated at Skeppsbron 44.
A few sequences were supposedly filmed in other parts of Stockholm County. The region is a favored filming location that has hosted some well-known productions. David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘ was shot in Stockholm, whereas filming of Netflix’s popular teen drama ‘Young Royals‘ also takes place in the Swedish capital.