As ever, we like to keep a track of what’s happening across the Nordic territories because you never know when something might come to these shores.
One such show is Rig 45, co-created by Alexander Kantsjö (Jordskott), Ola Norén (Kontoret) and Roland Ulvenius. And it sounds like a really interesting single-location murder mystery, and one that is now the top-rating show on Nordic streaming service, Viaplay.
Irish actress Catherine Walker (Versailles) and Scottish actor Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) lead the cast with Lisa Henni, Søren Malling (pictured), David Dencik and Jakob Oftebro.
So what’s it all about?
One crew – one killer. Andrea (Catherine Walker), a damage regulator from Benthos Oil, is sent out to Rig 45 two days before Christmas to investigate a fatal accident. When starting to investigate, Andrea finds that the crew of the rig is unwilling to talk to her and she has a hard time finding out the truth. Just when the rig is hit by a hurricane and all forms of communication to the mainland is cut off, the crew realize that the accident is in fact a murder, and they now know that they are in real danger. With a murderer amongst them, questions are being asked – who is the killer?
Although Viaplay itself has commissioned this, ITV Studios has a hand in this, so let’s hope it comes to the UK.
Well, this is it. A sad week in the crime drama community – the final episode of The Bridge is upon us. We’ve had to cut down the official synopsis because we didn’t want to give away any spoilers, but suffice to say it’s a very poignant and edge-of-your-seat ending. Elsewhere, intriguing French drama LaForêt begins on Netflix, and there’s a new series of Val McDermid’s Dead Weight on the radio. Enjoy!
1 The Bridge *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* *LAST IN SERIES*
S4 E8/8 The homeless girls try to get in touch with Henrik to pass on what they know. However, they are forced to flee for their lives when the suspect comes looking for them. Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint and seems to have the case solved. Friday 29th June, 9pm, BBC Two
2 Hidden (Craith) S1 E4/8 Megan Ruddock’s life is changed when she finds herself being held captive by Dylan Harris in the strange compound that he lives in with his mother and young daughter. When PC Mari James and PC Ryan Davies pay a routine visit to ask Dylan if he knows anything about Mali Pryce, Dylan manages to convince Davies that he knows nothing, but James has her doubts. Wednesday 27th June, 9pm, BBC One Wales Saturday 30th June, BBC Four
3 La Forêt *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
In a small and quiet village in the Ardennes, a 16-year-old girl disappears in the forest in the middle of the night. Captain Gaspard Deker, former military and freshly arrived, leads the investigation with Virginie Musso, the local police officer. Soon enough, the leads multiply and one after another the villagers are listed as suspects. From Friday 29th June, Netflix
4 Elementary *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* S6 E6/21 Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of an ex-Yakuza gang member. Captain Gregson is blindsided by a stunning confession from his police chief daughter Hannah. Monday 25th June, 9pm, Sky Living
5 Dead Weight *NEW UK PREMIERE RADIO SERIES* E1/5
Val McDermid’s crime series, starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Jane Hazlegrove, returns to Cranby, where it seems losing weight really can be murder… DCI Alma Blair is found lurking behind the weighing scales at Fat Busters. Determined to be anonymous, she is masquerading as a florist, until someone with murder in mind forces Alma into action. DS Jason Trotter is called to the scene and it seems there is another member of the team about to make a surprise appearance. Monday 25th June, 10.45am, BBC RADIO 4
6 Longmire *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
S6 E7/10 Walt suspects a gangster believed to be dead may still be alive. Mathias questions Cady about Catori, and a mobile clinic raises Henry’s suspicions.
Friday 29th June, 9pm, 5USA
7 Get Shorty *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* S1 E4/10 As Miles’s Hollywood producer facade becomes more legitimate, those associated with him become more disgruntled. Wednesday 27th June, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
8 Lethal Weapon *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* S2 E21/22 On Murtagh’s first day as interim captain, the wife of a popular businessman is abducted, and the squad finds a connection to Riggs’ father (guest star Rex Linn). Meanwhile, Riggs is left to grapple with his family life and work commitments. Friday 29th June, 9pm, ITV
9 Carter *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE* S1 E3/10 A farmhand is killed in what looks like an accident on Harley’s first official day as consulting detective to the Bishop police department, but the actor is convinced it was murder. Wednesday 27th June, 9pm, Alibi
A baffling suicide, an anguished father searching for his missing daughter and the smash-and-grab robbery of medieval artefacts throw the detective in at the deep end as he resumes his role with Oxford City Police following a four-month absence from duty. As the locals go to the polls in a closely fought by-election and a beauty contest builds to its conclusion, Endeavour must navigate the choppy waters of both worlds as his investigation shakes the highest pillars of Oxford society. Saturday 30th June, 9pm, ITV3
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