And still they keep on coming. Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your TV sets again, another Scandinavian series is set to hit our shores, thanks to the partnership between Channel 4 and Walter Presents. Not that we’re complaining, of course, because… well, we all love a bit of Scandi Noir. This one – from Norway – sounds interesting, not least because the show’s lead, Anneke von der Lippe, won an International Emmy for her performance.
One of the more eagerly awaited crime dramas of the year starts up on Sky Atlantic tonight. Midnight Sun is a French/Swedish effort, written and created by Måns Mårlind and Bjorn Stein (who have previous on The Bridge) and made by French powerhouse Canal+. It stars Leïla Bekhti as Kahina Zadi, a French police officer, who travels to Kiruna, a small mining community in the remote far north of Sweden to investigate a brutal murder of a French citizen. With the help of Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten), a Swedish DA and a member of the Sami, an ancient, indigenous tribe of Scandinavia, they are faced with new killings. The initial murder turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. So far, so intriguing. But what makes this extremely interesting is the inclusion of the Sami in the series – that Scandinavian tribe of people who live in the far, far north and little is known about, certainly in the UK. So who are they? And what relationship do they have with the rest of the Nordic people? We asked our Swedish correspondant, Charlotte, to give us the lowdown.
Sean Bean’s The Frankenstein Chronicles came in at number 12 in our Top 15 list in 2015, and we knew that the horror/crime mash-up would be getting a second series. Bean starred as tormented river policemanJohn Marlott in late Georgian London, who got himself involved with Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein story. New details have emerged about filming schedules for the second series.