Channel 4’s No Offence was one of the hits of 2014, thanks largely to two main components: writer and creator Paul Abbott’s unwavering skill in, well, writing (especially dialogue); and Joanna Scanlon’s fantastic turn as force of nature DI Viv Deering. After the personal devastation at the end of series one, series two now looms on the horizon, and we now know when it’s going to be playing out.
We all know by now that Scandinavian and Nordic Noir is not just a geographical reference but also a genre that has its own stylistic and thematic rules. And because it has become a genre all of its own, it’s rife with impersonators and repetition. So it’s a refreshing piece of news that SVT (Sweden’s public service broadcaster and home to The Bridge et al) is taking a poke at the very genre that it helped to create by making a spoof series. Continue reading
A few months ago I wrote a post (here) that rounded-up all the interesting-sounding crime drama across Europe at the annual MIPCOM convention in France, where the movers and shakers in the TV industry get together and sell and buy TV programmes for their respective territories. One of the shows featured was from Iceland – The Valhalla Murders – but at the time I couldn’t find any information out about it. Now, there’s a bit more flesh on the bone. Continue reading
Scotland in 1955 can’t have been the most exciting place to live, so the career of serial killer Peter Manuel (Martin Compston) must have at least broken the monotony in the curtain-twitching community of Uddingston, Lanarkshire. About the only other action would have been at the local Tunnock’s biscuit factory, clearly advertised on the double-decker buses. But the monotony is about to be broken. Continue reading