Review: Below The Surface (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 24th March, BBC Four

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We’re back with Below The Surface – the Danish hostage drama – after last week’s enforced absence. Two weeks ago, the series established (thanks to some procedural work by police officers SP and Clausen) that there were links to the hostage takers on the outside – a garage had been found with something important in it, and broadcaster Naja Toft had been seduced by a man connected to the whole operation. The big question was: what was in the garage? Continue reading

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Before We Die recommissioned for second series

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Good news. Barely had the first series of Before We Die finished on Channel 4, confirmation has come from Sweden that a second series has been greenlit and work on it has begun. It has been a year since the first series ended in Sweden so there has been some anticipation for this piece of news. Continue reading

Review: Save Me (S1 E5/6), Wednesday 28th March, Sky Atlantic

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We’ve gone through the mill with Save Me – Lennie James’ often-superb, sometimes excruciating urban noir – but with only two episodes to go you got a sense that we had only just scratched the surface of a wound so rancid and pus-ridden, you almost wished it didn’t have to go there. But Nelly’s redemption is our redemption; and what Nelly sees and experiences, we see and experience, which means one thing – we’re with him all the way, whether we like it or not. Continue reading

New Swedish crime series based on Kristina Ohlsson’s Bergman & Recht crime novels announces cast

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We’ve enjoyed the latest Swedish series to hit UK shores – Before We Die – and now news reaches us that one of our favourite crime drama-producing nations is at it again. Swedish service CMore has announced an adaptation of Kristina Ohlsson’s Bergman & Recht novels – Sthlm Requiem – which is to star Liv Mjönes and Jonas Karlsson. Continue reading

Finnish crime series, Deadwind, takes country by storm

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We always like to keep an eye out across the Scandinavian and Nordic countries for the potential next big crime hits, and news reaches us of a new Finnish series called Deadwind that has been a huge success in its own country. More news after the jump… Continue reading

Connie Britton to star in Dirty John TV adaptation

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It was bound to happen sooner or later: a TV series not based on a book or an original script, but a podcast. Over the past five years, we’ve seen the true crime genre in the podcast world really explode, thanks to Serial and the like. now one of the most popular and most talked-about from the past 12 month – Dirty John – is to be turned into a crime series, with Nashville’s Connie Britton taking the lead role. Continue reading