|Below the Surface|
|Also known as||Gidseltagningen|
|Created by||Kasper Barfoed|
|Written by||Per Daumiller|
Michael W. Horsten
|Directed by||Christian E. Christiansen|
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
|Country of origin||Denmark|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Nina Bisgaard|
Meta Foldager Sørensen
|Producer||Morten Kjems Juhl|
|Cinematography||Niels A. Hansen|
|Running time||44 min|
|Production company||SAM Productions|
|Original network||Kanal 5 (Denmark)|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i)|
|Original release||2 April 2017 –|
14 May 2019
Below the Surface (Danish : Gidseltagningen) is a Danish action hostage thriller drama television series, written and directed by Kasper Barfoed, that was based upon an idea of Adam Price and Søren Sveistrup. The first eight-part series focuses on an act of terrorism committed on the Copenhagen Metro, where fifteen people are taken hostage. Former soldier Philip Nørgaard (Johannes Lassen), who is head of the PET Terror Task Force, tries to save the hostages with help from members of his elite team. 
The basis for the series was adapted from a series of conversations between Barfoed and Danish photographer Daniel Rye, who lived as a hostage within the terrorist organisation of Islamic State in Syria for more than a year.  [ failed verification ] In Germany, the series is also known as Countdown Kopenhagen.
On 2 April 2017, the series premiered in Denmark on Kanal 5, and was released on DVD in Germany on 19 October 2017.  In the United Kingdom, BBC4 broadcast the first four episodes during March 2018.  The BBC pulled the series from their schedule for 24 March only following the terrorist attack in Carcassonne  [ failed verification ] and continued on 31 March. The second season premiered on 26 March 2019 in Denmark.
In Series 1, 15 people are held hostage in a subway train. A police terror taskforce led by former-Jaeger Corps soldier Philip Norgaard (Johannes Lassen) and Louise Falk (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen) is dispatched to rescue them. Meanwhile, reporter Naja Toft (Paprika Steen) acts as a go-between with the hostages and police. As the media frenzy takes hold, the country becomes divided on whether to negotiate with the terrorists or not.
|Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Viewers||Original Denmark airdate||BBC4 UK airdate||BBC4 Viewers|
|1||"Episode 1"||Kasper Barfoed||Kasper Barfoed||211,000||2 April 2017||10 March 2018|
|In Copenhagen, a Metro train is hijacked by three armed men wearing balaclavas, and fifteen passengers on board are taken hostage. Philip Nørgaard, head of the PET Terror Task Force, is assigned to the case. The attackers demand €4 million in ransom money for the fifteen hostages to be freed. They agree for one of the hostages, Marie Bendix, to take part in a live television interview with journalist Naja Toft.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Kasper Barfoed||Astrid Øye||211,000||2 April 2017||10 March 2018|
|Naja is fired by the network, but the attackers are keen to keep her as their sole line of communication to the outside world. They set up a second live interview, this time on Naja's recently established blog. Philip raises a concern that the interview may in fact be a smokescreen for a live execution, and makes preparations to declare the area a 'dead zone' in order to block all transmissions signals, if necessary.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Christian E. Christiansen||Lars Kristian Andersen||166,000||9 April 2017||17 March 2018|
|The attackers try to arrange another interview with Naja, but when Leon, one of the hostages, is taken ill, they are forced to call for help. Philip seizes the chance to organise a raid and sends in two teams, each containing a sharpshooter, on opposing sides of the tunnel. However, little do they realise that the tunnel has been booby trapped, and in the ensuing firefight, one of the hostages is shot by the police.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Christian E. Christiansen||Per Daumiller||157,000||16 April 2017||17 March 2018|
|Silas provides the team with information that suggests that one of the attackers may have a military connection. Relations between the attackers turn sour when one of the hostages is sexually assaulted. SP goes in search of the gang who reportedly sold the guns to the attackers. Naja finds an ally in Leon's son, unaware that he is secretly working for the attackers. Philip opens up to Louise about his ordeal.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Christian E. Christiansen||Michael W. Horsten||134,000||23 April 2017||31 March 2018|
|Philip is left stunned when the team uncover a lockup garage connected with the attackers which has pictures of him plastered all over the wall. Naja agrees to another interview, which she agrees to let Philip sit in on, but is shocked to discover that Leon's son is not who he claims to be. Joachim decides to hatch a plan to free himself and the other hostages, but the plan goes disastorously wrong.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Roni Ezra||Per Daumiller||151,000||30 April 2017||31 March 2018|
|In an attempt to force the attackers' hand, Philip decides to cut power to the tunnel. After a surge in donations to the fundrasier following Bodil's death, Naja alerts Louise that she is in danger, and Jonas is arrested and brought in for questioning. The death of his brother in a military strike provides the team with a new line of investigation, and Louise's voice analysis of samples taken from his platoon, K7, reveals a possible identity for one of the attackers.|
|7||"Episode 7"||Roni Ezra||Michael W. Horsten||145,000||7 May 2017||7 April 2018|
|8||"Episode 8"||Roni Ezra||Per Daumiller||142,000||14 May 2017||7 April 2018|
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