Channel 4-backed foreign-language drama service Walter Presents has picked up Danish drama Ride Upon The Storm, its latest high-profile European acquisition.

The digital platform has struck a deal with distributor Studiocanal for the series, which was created by Borgen creator Adam Price and stars House of Cards’ Lars Mikkelsen.

The religious-themed series centers on a family of priests and how they each choose their path to live a meaningful life. While on the face of it, the family are the epitome of respectability, events soon unfold leaving a family in crisis.

It was produced by Borgen’s Studiocanal-backed production company SAM le Français in association with DR Drama and ARTE France. The deal includes twenty episodes across the first two seasons.

Price said that Ride Upon The Storm was, in essence, a character-based drama about a family. It’s about “parenthood and children and about just how much we are willing to do when we are torn between what we believe and what we love,” he said.

“After Borgen, I wanted to work on a story about something that is affecting most of our lives almost on a daily basis and that is even more political than politics: Religion. Religion fascinates me, as it is in essence intangible and difficult to grasp; we cannot prove or disprove the existence of God, and yet religion guides or even controls millions of people’s lives all over the world. So from politics to God – or faith, you could say. But faith should also be understood as something above religion, the driving force in our lives. Not only faith in God, but also our faith in love, in each other in ourselves.”

Walter Presents Co-Founder and Curator Walter Iuzzolino added, “Ride Upon The Storm completely resets the standards for scripted excellence around the world – proving yet again, that when it comes to extraordinary storytelling, Danish drama keeps reinventing itself, refusing to be boxed into the Scandi detective corner and defying categorization. A piece of this stature comes on the market only every ten years, it really is that good and I’m absolutely delighted to have secured it for UK audiences.”