Leif GW Persson’s The Dying Detective to hit Swedish TV screens in January

January 2018 is shaping up to be quite a month for crime drama fans – not only will we have a phalanx of returning British shows like Death In Paradise and Midsomer Murders, but also the return of The Bridge for its final series. Now there’s something else – or at least in Sweden – because Leif GW Persson’s novel, The Dying Detective, is coming to Swedish TV screens in the early part of the month.

Rolf Lassgård takes the lead role in the SVT adaptation, and it tells the story of retired Chief of the National Crime Police and Swedish Security Service, Lars Martin Johansson, who has just suffered a stroke. Johansson is paying the price for a life of excess – be it stress, good food or fine wines. He has dangerously high blood pressure and his heart could fail at any moment. In the hospital, a chance encounter with a neurologist who confides an important piece of information about the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl 25 years earlier piques interest Johansson’s and engages his unparalleled police instincts. However, the period for prosecution expired only weeks earlier and that isn’t the only limitation. Lars Martin Johansson is determined to solve the atrocious crime – from his deathbed.

Helena af Sandeberg, Alexej Manvelov and Modus’s Henrik Norlén also star.

Nöje reports that The Dying Detective will premiere on 3rd January. We’re yet to hear if this has been picked up for broadcast in the UK.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Charlotte Carling says:

    I fully expect Den döende detektiven to be of high quality. Any potential UK broadcasters would do well to start with The Death of a Pilgrim from 2013 and The Fourth Man from 2014, if they are going with the Lars Martin Johansson stories. (At least I don’t think they have been braodcast in the UK so far, though I know they made it to SBS in Australia for instance.) Both are fictional stories about real events, the murder of the Swedish PM in 1986 and the West German Embassy siege in in Stockholm in 1975, though set in present time as well.

    I like seing Alexej Manvelov added to the cast for this series.


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