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.
Head of drama at SVT, Anna Croneman, has confirmed to Expressen that filming will begin in September and broadcasting in Sweden is planned for autumn of next year. This time the series is co-produced with streaming service Viaplay.
So, who will be back? Marie Richardsson and Adam Pålsson as mother and son, Hanna and Christian, are in – a basic requirement for a second series, one would think. Magnus Krepper (who just appeared in Danish drama Liberty, an export waiting to happen and well worth the watch) will revisit his role as Organised Crime Unit detective Björn. Rickard Forsgren is hunted leak Magnus and Sandra Redlaff returns as Blanka. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of Malgorzata Pieczynska who played Dubravka but that is hopefully just an oversight. It would be an absolute shame if the new Mimica boss didn’t make it to series two. And let’s be honest, it’s not as if they’ve very many members left to squander in the interim after Davor, Zvonomir, Stefan and Majmun all failed to make it to the end of series one alive. We simply need the matriarch to be in charge. There is also no mention of any bikers, so we’ll have to wait and see if Andy’s speculation about Monika (Rebecka Hemse) could materialise, where she would come back to take on Dubravka in some way over the strongly encouraged suicide of her husband and Mobster president Petter.
What of the plot? Well, not much is revealed at this stage, of course, but when the series begins Hanna is said to be hot on the trail of the leak and Christian is suddenly back in town. Marie Richardsson, who has read the synopsis is quoted as saying: “It’s excellent and exciting. No-one will be disappointed.”
Having just relived the first instalment through Andy’s reviews here on the site, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Before We Die (Innan vi dör).
For all our reviews of Before We Die, go here