BBC4 picks up Swedish thriller Black Lake

We’ve heard whistles in the wind that BBC4 – once the beacon of foreign-language crime drama in its 9pm Saturday slot – is looking for things that are slightly different. This chimes with recent articles in British newspaper The Guardian, which proclaimed that Nordic Noir as we know it is dead, and that broadcasters are looking for something different to what has been available; a new twist to the genre. So, with all that in mind it’s interesting the channel has gone back to Scandinavia to buy a Swedish thriller that has a touch of the horror genre about it.

According to Drama Quarterly, Black Lake stars Sarah-Sofie Boussina, Filip Berg, Mathilde Norholt, Valter Skarsgård and Victor von Schirach. It’s a eight-part series that presents its story in a ‘found footage’, documentary style, a la Blair Witch Project.

Here’s the story:

Black Lake is about student Hanne, 25, who follows her boyfriend Johan and some other friends to an abandoned ski resort in the northern part of Sweden. Johan plans to buy the place and reopen it. But strange things soon start to happen at the resort, leading Hanne to investigate why it was closed down on the eve of its opening 20 years ago. Johan is convinced locals are simply trying to scare them away, but Hanne feels there’s a deeper meaning to uncover. Soon, solving the mystery at Black Lake becomes a matter of life and death for the group and forces Hanne to confront demons from her past.

It originally transmitted on TV3 in Sweden, and a second series is currently being developed. Here’s a Swedish-language trailer to give you a flavour.


Fisherman’s Friend advert aside, there’s a slight touch of Fortitude about it. It’s going to come to our shores before the year is out.

More news as I get it.

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