Trygve Allister Diesen

Trygve Allister Diesen is one of Norway’s most prolific directors and screenwriters, known for taking on thriller, crime and human drama projects that focus on visceral, cinematic storytelling with emotional yet grounded performances.

Part Norwegian, part Scottish, Diesen graduated magna cum laude from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and sold his first script two weeks out of film school. His second feature Hold My Heart (2002) was chosen as Norway’s submission to the Oscars, while his third film and English-language debut Red (2008) premiered at Sundance, starring Brian Cox in an award-winning performance.

In 2010, Diesen became the first recipient of a practice-based doctorate in directing from The Norwegian Film School. He still teaches there on occasion, as well as in other film schools.

Diesen directs TV with the same passion he brings to features and does so by alternating between the role of conceptual and episodic director. He has helmed well over 100 episodes, spanning multiple genres, countries and languages. Diesen’s most noteworthy projects include the acclaimed, hard-boiled miniseries Torpedo (2007) which he created, wrote and directed, along with the series version of Arne Dahl/The A Group (2015), which he developed as concept director for Swedish TV. The series then went on to air on BBC and ZDF.

Diesen is also the director of the TV series Wisting, Norway’s biggest-ever drama production, based on the renowned literary series by Jørn Lier Horst. Besides being the director, Diesen is one of the lauded crime series’ writers and creators. Wisting premiered in 2019 and has received fantastic reviews across the globe. The awaited second season premiered in December 2021.

Diesen is set to direct Disney+ first Nordic original series To Cook a Bear, based on Mikael Niemi’s bestselling novel.


Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee (Best TV Episode) US – Wisting 1 2020
Warsaw International Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix) Poland – Red 2008
Catalonian International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Spain – Red 2008
Sochi International Film Festival Nominee (Golden Rose) Russia – Tyven, tyven Hold My Heart 2003
Würzburg International Filmweekend (Audience Award) Germany – Tyven, tyven Hold My Heart 2003
Norwegian International Film Festival (Best Norwegian Film) Norway – Tyven, tyven Hold My Heart 2002
AFI Fest Nominee (Grand Jury Prize) US – Tyven, tyven Hold My Heart 2002
Amanda Awards Nominee (Best Film) Norway – Tyven, tyven Hold My Heart 2002
Amanda Awards Nominee (Best TV Drama) Norway – Hotel Cæsar 1999
Fantasporto Nominee (International Fantasy Film Award) Portugal – Mørkets øy Island of Darkness 1999
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The first Nordic Original from Disney+, To Cook a Bear, has started filming. Trygve Allister Diesen is directing and the script is penned by Jesper Harrie. The star-studded cast includes Gustav Skarsgård, Emil Kárlsen, Ane Dahl Torp, Tyra Wingren, Magnus Krepper, Pernilla August, Simon J. Berger, Jonas Karlsson and Johan Widerberg.

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‘Wisting season 3’ premieres on Viaplay

The third season of the successful crime drama Wisting will premiere on Viaplay on Sunday April 10. The four episodes are based on the novel The Night Man by acclaimed author Jørn Lier Horst.

Carrie-Anne Moss, who starred in season one as FBI Special Agent Maggie Griffin, will come back for this season.

Trygve Allister Diesen, who created Wisting together with Kathrine Valen Zeiner, is director as well as head writer.

Official trailer for ’Wisting’ season 2

The official trailer for the second season of Wisting, the internationally lauded TV series based on Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling books about police inspector William Wisting, has been released.

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‘Wisting’ series nominated for the Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the coveted Edgar Allan Poe Award, a prestigious award for excellence in the mystery genre, and Wisting is nominated for ‘Best TV Episode Teleplay’.

The detective series is based on Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling books about police inspector William Wisting and is co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Katherine Valen Zeiner. Wisting is streaming on Sundance Now in the U.S. and airing on BBC Four in the UK.

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Wisting TV-series selected as ‘Critic’s Choice’ in The Times

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AMC streamer Sundance Now and BBC acquires ‘Wisting’

The rights to the successful detective series Wisting have been snapped up by Sundance Now and will launch in the U.S. on December 18. Wisting has also been acquired by BBC Four and will hit UK screens later this year.

Wisting had the most viewed Viaplay series premiere in Norway to date and the series has received great reviews all across Scandinavia. Based on the award-winning novels by Jørn Lier Horst, the 10-part series tells the story of Norwegian homicide detective William Wisting chasing an American serial killer.

Wisting is co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner.

‘Wisting’ acquired by BBC

Wisting, co-starring The Matrix and Jessica Jones’ Carrie-Anne Moss, has been acquired by BBC Four in the UK. The Norwegian hit series is based on the best-selling novels The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner.

Wisting has already been a tremendous success in the Nordic countries, and we have no doubt that BBC viewers will be equally engaged by such a likeable, emotionally complex lead character, and a compelling plot full of twists and turns.”
-Sue Deeks, head of BBC program acquisition.

To read more about the acquisition in Variety, click “Read more” below.

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‘Wisting’ has the best opening ever for a Viaplay Original

Wisting premiered April 11 on Viaplay and became an immediate success. It is the most viewed drama series premiere in Norway, beating all other premieres for Viaplay originals in the Nordic countries.

Wisting has also received great attention in Nordic press as a whole, and been reviewed in newspapers all across Scandinavia:

“[Wisting] has everything that the wider crime audience would expect and like.”
NRK, Norway

Wisting: A solid crime series with international potential. /…/ [Sven] Nordin is marvelous in the role of Wisting and plays him with an excellent mix of wisdom and weariness. /…/ Wisting has non-stop momentum from its first episode onwards.”
Aftenposten, Norway

Wisting has everything necessary to become this year’s big crime series. /…/ Series creators Kathrine Valen Zeiner and Trygve Allister Diesen have crafted a classic crime series with great audience potential.”
Cinema, Norway

Wisting […] is a sure winner. Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling crime series about William Wisting has been made into a new, solid Nordic noir that will go right to the head of series addicts. /…/ We’re not just talking about excellent craftsmanship here; there’s also an embedded humor and a hint of welfare-society innocence.”
Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

“[The series has] an intricate and riveting criminal mystery […], a brilliant Sven Nordin in the lead role, and satisfyingly frozen, atmospheric milieus wherein a variety of shady characters lure, and that radiates a Nordic, rural noir.”
Aftonbladet, Sweden

Wisting is based on the best-selling novels of Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner.

‘Wisting’ to premiere April 11

On Thursday, April 11, Wisting – the biggest budget Norwegian drama to date – will premiere on the SVOD platform Viaplay. Wisting is based on the best-selling novels of Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner. The series stars The Matrix and Jessica Jones alum Carrie-Anne Moss and long-time Norwegian film and TV star Sven Nordin.

Wisting has already been praised in Dagbladet, one of Norway’s largest newspapers:

“[Wisting] is a tasteful hybrid of Nordic noir mixed with the often more sedate narrative style of the best crime series, created by among else British BBC. Adding to this a feather-light touch of Fargo, and placing it all in the small community of Larvik and its surroundings, makes it near waterproof. /…/ Wisting has the potential to become a Norwegian series winner, like [the Swedish] Wallander or Beck.”
– Dagbladet, 5 stars

Trailer premiere of ‘Wisting’

The wait is almost over for this spring’s great crime drama Wisting, Norway’s biggest ever drama production. On April 11, two episodes will be released on the Viaplay streaming service, and the first episode will air on TV3 Norway.

The series is based on two of Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling novels about policeman William Wisting: The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs. The much-anticipated crime series is directed by Trygve Allister Diesen, who is also the writer and creator together with Kathrine Valen Zeiner.

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