We’ve known for a while that the next big Icelandic crime drama would be Case, and that Channel 4-affiliated online streaming service Walter Presents had picked it up for UK broadcast. The series – starring Magnús Jónsson, Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir, Víkingur Kristjánsson and Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir – sounds extremely promising, and has attracted some buzz (go and see our friends at Euro Drama for more). We knew it was coming and in the UK pipeline, but didn’t know when. It turns out it won’t be just available on All 4/Walter Presents, but it’ll be on Channel 4, too. Kind of.
So, Case then. It goes something like this: When the body of Lara, a promising young ballerina, is found hanged on the main stage of the National Theatre in Reykjavik, detective Gabriela and her partner Hogni are assigned to the case. The autopsy declares Lara’s death is suicide but her foster parents Gudny and Jonas are suspicious and contact their lawyer Brynhildur, asking her to investigate further, despite the reservations of her law firm partners Benedikt and Magnus. Gabriela also suspects foul play and has her eyes on Julius, a staff member at the local youth centre. Lara’s biological parents, Soffia and Palmi, are sure Gudny and Jonas are to blame and hire small-time crime lord Thor to dig up dirt on them. Thor commissions Logi, a former partner in Brynhildur’s law firm, who is now in a downward spiral of alcoholism and living with his girlfriend, computer hacker Ilmur, to investigate and leak damning information to the press. Meanwhile, Lara’s sister Hanna is under the control of Thor and struggling to manage her drug habit.
So it sounds intriguing and right up our street. And it’s set in Reykjavik, the most magical of cities; and Iceland, the most magical of countries.
Count me in. The first episode only will be shown on Channel 4, and then the rest of the series will be available over on Walter Presents.
Case: Tuesday 24th January, 10pm, Channel 4
After the premiere of episode one on Channel 4, the full series will be immediately available, free to view or download, on Walter Presents (All 4). Case is also available to non-UK viewers on Netflix.