I’m aware this site wouldn’t normally do something like this (extensively preview a show that hasn’t been signed by a UK broadcaster) but Midnight Sun sounds so intriguing and could be the next big Nordic thing. With all that in mind and being a resident in Sweden, I wanted to at least see what it was like and give you an idea of it. Midnight Sun (Midnattssol) started in Sweden at the weekend and it got off to a promising start. I do think this will be picked up by some channel in the UK, so here are my first impressions…
Dark Angel is a new two-part ITV drama, from Line of Duty makers World Productions, based on the extraordinary true story of the Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, played by Golden Globe winner and Emmy award nominee Joanne Froggatt. It looks like it’s going to be good, with a very decent cast. We now know when it’s going to be broadcast (I’m a bit late on this, but still…).
It’s worth reminding ourselves that earlier on this year – right at the start of 2016 – BBC4 broadcast a new Icelandic series that went on to become one of the most popular crime dramas of the year. Not necessarily in audience figures (although they were very good for BBC4), but because of the amount of cult buzz it produced within the crime community. It really was a stunning series in a year of stunning series, and now it has been awarded a prestigious award from The European Broadcasting Festival.
It’s a relatively big week in crime drama land, with one of the better and cult hits returning for a third and, potentially, third series. Yes, Hinterland (or Y Gwyll) is back on S4C. I’d urge you to watch it on the Welsh-language channel because, well, you should always try and watch something from its source, and there are English subtitles available. Elsewhere, there’s the final two episodes of The Fall stripped over the Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy!
I’ve been so busy recently, I almost forgot to post this review altogether. That astonishes me because this series has been one of the year’s better crime dramas, dripping with New York grime, sultry, noirish dialogue and some fantastic acting across the board. After seven episodes of high tension and fascinating but heartbreaking character development, we were finally at the end, where we would find out whether Nasir Khan was guilty of the murder of Andrea Cornish. Or, at least, whether the jury thought that Nasir Khan was guilty of the murder of Andrea Cornish.
It’s always good to keep abreast of what’s happening in the world of Scandinavian and Nordic crime drama – it’s just so damn popular over here in the UK – and networks are forever searching for that next big hit. This year it was Trapped, that fantastic Icelandic drama that really helped to put the island on the televisual map and, just perhaps, kick-start a new industry. Next year? It’s always hard to tell, but there’s one Swedish/French crime drama that has been doing the rounds at MIPCOM and debuts in its native Sweden this weekend that might just be your next Scandi fix.
The MIPCOM event in Cannes – where TV people get together to present and buy and sell distribution deals – is always worth keeping an eye on, because there are always some new crime dramas from the Nordic region that are touted that will, hopefully, eventually make it to these shores. During the latest conference, the likes of the new series of Follow The Money, the second series of Trapped and the much-touted Midnight Sun (which debuts in Sweden this weekend and we talked about here some months ago) all secured deals, but what of the rest? Leading the way were Soren Sveistrup and Adam Price’s new series, Below The Surface, and Sofia Helin’s latest project. Read on for more…