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.
Sophie Borg – Mannen Som Talade Engelska (The Man Who Spoke English) looks set for a late 2017 premiere, and might well be pure comedy. But I’m interested to see it.
Sophie Borg (Lisa Henni) is a true Nordic Noir heroine. She is a loner who does not trust anyone, she has all the answers and will not hesitate to go against her superior’s direct orders… and she has a certain lack of self-awareness. When a British man falls victim to a macabre murder with religious overtones in her old hometown of Norrbacka, Sophie Borg gets one last chance at redemption. Local police chief Klas Wall (Tomas von Brömsen) is at the end of his career, but is excited that for the first time in his career he has a murder case of national interest. From the victim’s home town of St Ives, Inspector Tom Brown (Adam Godley) is sent to Sweden to work with Sophie Borg. They must solve the case together, not only to save the small village from the killer’s reign of terror, but also to save their own careers.
More news as I get it…