Yes, we have one week to go on Trapped – that fantastic Icelandic crime drama – but we’re casting our eyes a week after, wondering what will take its place in BBC4’s Saturday 9pm slot. Y’know, the Scandi Slot. Now we know. Sort of. In an unconfirmed kind of way.
Our friends over at scanoir.co.uk broke the story this morning, but final schedules aren’t confirmed until Wednesday this week. My sources at the BBC confirmed that, all bar the shouting, the Scandi Slot will be heading back over the Atlantic and back to Scandinavia for Follow The Money, a ten-part series from Denmark broadcaster, DR (the people behind The Killing and Borgen).
It stars Thomas Bo Larson (Mads), Natalie Madueño Wolfsberg (Claudia), Esben Smed (Nicky) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Alexander). When a dead body is found in the sea near a wind farm off the coast of Denmark, Mads, the police detective assigned to the investigation, refuses to believe that it is just an accident. The deeper he digs, the more suspicious he becomes of quickly expanding energy company Energen and is drawn into a morass of financial and legal shady dealings
This is what DR says about it:
In the banks, on the stock exchanges, and in the board rooms. It is the story of speculators, swindlers, corporate moguls and the crimes they commit in their hunt for wealth. It is the story of ambition that corrupts, and of the way organized criminals launder their ill-gotten gains.
It is a story of our world that the economic crisis almost overturned five years ago, and which is still holding its breath as it waits for the next bubble to burst and for the next economic tsunami to strike. And of course it is the story of us human beings, the rich, the poor, the greedy, the fraudulent, the robbers who’ll go to any lengths to build the lives of our dreams. Follow the Money is the story of greed: Theirs and ours…
Furthermore, a second series is due to be shown in Denmark at the end of the year, so we know this a) will probably be good, and b) not a one-season wonder.
Here’s a Danish trailer, with English subtitles:
UPDATE: The BBC has now confirmed that the series will air from Saturday 19th March, 9pm, BBC4.