For fans of Scandinavian drama, this statement will make perfect sense – we’re uncontrollably happy that we have a new Nordic series to get stuck into. To those who aren’t it must seem weird. Why are all these dicks going on about bloody Sweden and Denmark all the time? It’s a fair enough question. As much as we love British and American crime drama, there’s just something special about a Scandinavian series. An extra something. Perhaps it’s the culture, perhaps it’s the moody landscapes, perhaps it’s the unrelenting darkness. Perhaps it’s even the language. No matter, it’s a time to rejoice when there’s a new Scandinavian series around and Mammon is the latest. From Arne Dahl to The Bridge, we haven’t had a bad one yet. Let’s hope Mammon can keep the torch burning.
It’s nice when it’s light when you finish work. You feel buoyant and springy and nice. You also feel like walking home from the station, instead of feeling rain on your face, shuffling into a bus shelter and
sniffing glue dripping onto a bus for the remainder of the sodden journey home. Today was one of those days – it was a lovely, mild spring evening and I decided to walk home. Another fillip of walking home is that you never know who you’re going to bump into. It just so happens I bumped into a friend and, as the setting sun shimmered off the river, we walked the route home together. Half way home, he said this: “So, have you heard who’s supposed to be in the next series of True Detective?”
Cancel your night out, or if you’re going out to drink or dance the night away set the video (or PVR or whatever we use to record programmes these days). It’s a big night for crime drama fans because the latest Scandinavian import, Mammon, starts on More4 tonight. For an interview with its writer go here; for our First look impressions, go here; and to watch a trailer, go here. So we’re in a Scandinavian mood today and there are some treat after the jump…
We’re always on the look out for new, interesting crime drama and Almost Human is certainly that. Starring Star Trek’s Karl Urban and from the ever fertile mind of JJ Abrams (again in an EP role here) it’s a classic buddy cop drama with an interesting spin – it’s set in the year 2048 and features a robot as one half of the buddy cop relationship. A fair-to-middling hit on its US parent network, Fox, the show has been snapped up by UKTV flagship entertainment channel Watch.
Historical crime drama has always been a big draw, and it seems every era of interest is covered by the genre. There are good quality Victorian sleuths (The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, Murdoch Mysteries et al), excellent 1920s crime solvers (Marple, Poirot, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and marvellous characters from the post-war years (George Gently, Foyle’s War etc). We’ve even had a ‘detective’ (of sorts) from medieval times (Cadfael). It seems our thirst for historical crime fiction can never be quenched, and this week’s Throw Back Thursday features a Channel 4 series from the late Noughties that went back to the genesis of the police force and the Georgian era.