RÚV reveals first trailer for series two of Trapped

Yes, we’re all getting excited with series four of The Bridge about to kick-off in the UK, but waiting in the wings is another crime drama heavyweight and one of our favourites – Iceland’s Trapped.

The second is series has been filming in Reykjavik, but now host broadcaster RÚV has released an Icelandic-language trailer. Unfortunately, we can’t embed it here, but from what we can see it looks fantastic.

To view it click here.

What’s more, more plot details have emerged.

Series two, according to RÚV will cover the death of two people, but the plot is far more complicated. Creator and director, Baltasar Kormákur, says: “Audiences can expect a series similar to the former, but in many ways very different.”

The series also deals with current issues such as foreign labour and heavy industry.  “Inside this comes the ethnicity, its boundaries and the facilities of people living in a hurry,” says Baltasar. “The environment also includes history, highlands and its activation. I think it’s a good deal when exciting stories discuss the community and serious issues in an interesting way,” he says. “We use various issues around us to create a certain context.  It has been good to have [acclaimed crime novelist] Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, also an engineer, onboard because she gave us an insight into various components regarding power stations and their impact on the environment. We utilised all the knowledge available to us.”

Trapped 2 is slated to premiere in Iceland in the autumn, but there’s no word yet as to when BBC Four will show it. Let’s hope it’s this year as the trailer really does look fantastic.





BBC One confirms A Very English Scandal transmission date

One of the series we’ve been looking forward to most this year is Russell T Davis’s adaptation of John Preston’s book, A Very English Scandal, about the Jeremy Thorpe ‘scandal’ of the late 1960s. It has a fabulous pedigree both in front of and behind the camera, with Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw in leading roles and Stephen Frears in the director’s chair.

Now we know when it will start.

It is 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal and the politician Jeremy Thorpe (Grant) begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott (Whishaw). But when the relationship turns sour and Jeremy’s career goes from strength to strength, Norman becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide.

In 1967, Jeremy becomes the leader of the Liberal Party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, but as long as his ex-lover Norman is around, his brilliant career is at risk. Behind the oak-panelled doors of Parliament, Jeremy turns to his friends for decisive action. He can see only one way to silence him for good.

Alex Jennings plays Peter Bessell, Patricia Hodge plays Ursula Thorpe, David Bamber plays Lord Arran, Jason Watkins plays Emlyn Hooson.

A Very English Scandal: Sunday 20th May, 9pm, BBC One

Rellik star lands role in True Detective III

The third series of True Detective, HBO/Sky Atlantic’s heavyweight American crime series, is one of the biggie we’re looking forward to. It’s widely acknowledged that after the stellar first series, series two lost its way somewhat, so we’re hoping that series three will get back on track.

We already know that Oscar-winner, Mahershala Ali, is set to star alongside Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer and Ray Fisher, and now two more actors have joined the cast. Josh Hopkins who starred in Quantico, is onboard, as well as South African actress, Jodi Balfour, who crime drama fans will know as Elaine Shepard in Rellik (she was also recently seen in The Crown, playing Jackie Kennedy).

The next instalment tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Hopkins will play Jim Dobkins, a private attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas involved in deposing state police detectives in an ongoing investigation. Balfour will play Lori, long-term ‘love interest’ to Detective Roland West.

More news as we get it.