Walter Presents announces transmission date for Lars Mikkelsen crime drama, The Team; acquires more shows

16472895_1038644226241980_1722362860239356899_nEver since he appeared as Troels Hartmann in the first, groundbreaking series of The Killing, Lars Mikkelsen has claimed a special place in the heart of crime drama fans. Now he’s popping up in The Team, a six-part, multilingual (English, French, Flemish, German, Danish, Swedish), pan-European crime drama featuring a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of cross-border European police officers – all experts in forensics, legal, and IT, plus profilers and psychologists. Blimey. Read on for more.

So what’s it all about? The Team portrays a group of European police officers fighting international crime throughout Europe. The series is written by Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrøm (writers and creators of Modus) and consists of forensics, legal and IT experts, along with profilers and psychologists; their cases take them to all across Europe’s major cities. Harald Bjorn (Mikkelsen) is called upon by Europol to investigate the grisly murders of three sex workers, each having had a finger severed and been shot in the left eye. The story then criss-crosses between Antwerp, Copenhagen and Berlin.

The Team kicks off on More4 and Walter Presents on February 17th. 

Here’s a trailer:

But that’s not all the Walter Presents news. The service has had a dynamite start to 2017. Here’s the rest of the Walter Presents news, broken down into handy, bite-sized chunks:

1 Walter Presents will become available in America
The service will become available to US viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The service will cost $6.99 per month to US viewers, and will be live in March.

2 Elite Squad launches
French drama Elite Squad – which we featured in our Quite Big Preview for 2017 (read that here) – has now become available to UK viewers. The eight-parter is “an uncompromising look at the hidden face of law enforcement through professionals caught up in a spiral of blood, violence and death.”

3 Walter Presents acquires two new Belgian dramas
Coppers follows the no-nonsense head of a police homicide division who will stop at nothing to get her cases solved, while 13 Commandments is a serialised thriller about a modern-day Moses figure who commits a series of gruesome crimes in order to jolt society’s conscience and restore moral values. Walter Iuzzolino says: “13 Commandments is a compelling and brutal contemporary drama and as with all the best thrillers, it will at times have you hiding behind a cushion.”


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Charlotte Carling says:

    I watched this one a couple of years ago. While I do very much like Lars Mikkelsen, this is not one of his most interesting series. I would say it’s midrange entertainment, exciting and watchable enough, but doesn’t leave much of an imprint. They were trying a bit too hard and fell a little short, just my personal opinion of course.


  2. Sara Latham says:

    I’m trying Flics (Elite Squad is a daft name imho). I can’t help comparing it to the wonderful Braquo, but I will give it a go if only for the Paris locations and listening to French. Roll on Spiral!


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Sara, honestly, if ever you want a review of something please go for it – Me, Debs and Chris can’t watch everything, so any help is always greatly appreciated!


      1. Sara Latham says:

        I would, but like I said before, I really think I’d have to watch something at least twice before I’d have the confidence! Not enough hours in the day 😊


      2. Paul Hirons says:

        No worries Sara, was just a thought – I enjoy your comments and input on the site.


  3. I am a huge fan of Walter presents. My only gripe is not being able to watch it directly on tv. Chromecast does it though. Look forward to this on Friday, have just finished the provocative Case which was very dark and very brutal. Icelandicnoir. Thanks for this post.


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