Sky Atlantic confirms Midnight Sun transmission date

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screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-19-05It’s been a bit of a day for fans of so-called Nordic Noir. First we reported that Kim Cattrall was to join the cast of series two of Modus (story here) and then the acquisition by Netflix of Finnish series Bordertown (see that story here). But the news continues… one of the more anticipated series of the spring is Swedish/French series, Midnight Sun, set up in the Sami wilderness of (very) northern Sweden. We’ve known for a while that Sky Atlantic has picked the show up for UK broadcast, and now we know when we can watch it.

First, the story: Kahina Zadi, (Leïla Bekhti) a French police officer, as she heads to a small mining community in remote northern Sweden to lead an investigation into the murder of a French citizen. With DA Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten) to assist her with the local customs, the pair soon discovers the murder is just the tip of the iceberg.

Our very own Charlotte, wrote this First Look piece (click here to read).

So when’s it on? Write this down in your filofax: Wednesday 15th March, 10pm, Sky Atlantic.

All eight episodes will be available at once with Sky Box Sets.

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12 thoughts on “Sky Atlantic confirms Midnight Sun transmission date

  1. Charlotte Carling

    Everyone, this is sooooo good! After Trapped, this was my second favourite series of 2016. I’m so excited to find out what British viewers will think of this one. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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  2. Seija

    This show is really captivating, especially the opening episode, but also the landscape, the mysticism – and the soundtrack of the series is hauntingly beautiful. It can be found on You Tube with ‘Nathaniel Méchaly – Midnight Sun (Original Soundtrack from the TV Series)’ as search words.

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    • PKCox

      Yes- it is a beautiful soundtrack. Is this the first Scandi Noir series to focus on the Sami community? I think there must be another out there. The landscape is breathtaking.

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      • Charlotte Carling

        There hasn’t been a noir series with a Sami theme, focus or perspective before.

        A new crime series starting next week in Sweden will be set in the very north as well, but I don’t know if there will be any Sami focus in that one. I will make a note of that if there is.

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  3. Seija

    PKCOX, you are so right. I can totally agree with what one of the main actors of the series, Gustaf Hammarsten, said in an interview about his knowledge of the Sami people: ” As a Swede, I’m ashamed because before making the show I knew more about native Americans in the US than about Sami people.” (http://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/news/stories/midnight-sun-raises-sales-puts-spotlight-on-sami-culture).

    As a Finn, I can say the same thing. Although the Sami are the indigenous people of the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and even the Kola Peninsula of Russia, little is known about them and their culture by the main population of the countries.

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    • Charlotte Carling

      Seija, this is so true. Sad, but true.

      There is a film premiering in cinemas in Sweden tomorrow called Sameblod (Sami Blood). So I haven’t seen it yet but it’s had great reviews at festivals. It’s supposedly a quite personal story about a girl in the 1930’s and shows some of the very unsavoury ways the Sami were viewed, mistreated and marginalised. This girl is made to feel ashamed of her heritage and so rejects it and runs away to the south, where she is met with more racism and conflict. I’m sure it will be shown in cinemas in the rest of Scandinavia and hopefully further afield. (Both Swedish and South Sami is spoken in the film. South Sami is spoken by about 700 people today.)
      Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdRxwAqK6G8

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    • PKCox

      Thank you for the link to the article, Seija. I really like that added socio-cultural element. I first heard about the Sami through their music, as I am a world music lover, and am anxious to learn more. I think they must be one of the least known Indigenous groups in the world, because of their remote location. Looking at what happened to native Americans, maybe that works in their favor.

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      • Seija

        You’re welcome, PKCOX. In the mean while, I’ve been pondering the subject of the indigenous people of the world and realized that I’ve seen films/tv series/documentaries about the Aborigines of Australia, the Maori of New Zealand, the tribes of the Amazon, the Native Americans, the Eskimos, and so on. But until now, if my memory doesn’t betray me, I have seen close to nothing of the Sami people. That’s strange, because the Sami live only a few hundred kilometres up north.

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      • PKCox

        I think most of us could say the same, Seija-although I would have thought that people in the Scandinavian countries would know more about them. It would be great to we a documentary about the Sami, but until then, I’m glad to know Midnight Sun sheds what I think will be a respectful light on the culture.

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