BBC releases first series five trailer for Shetland

One of the more popular British crime dramas, Shetland, is on its way back to BBC One for a fifth series.

The channel has released the first trailer for the new run, which is another six-parter.

What do we know about the plot?

On a windswept hillside, a young man waits patiently, shivering in a grey suit. He’s waiting for someone. A vehicle appears and he tentatively approaches. A few days later, a jogger on her morning run discovers a severed hand on the beach.

Perez and the team are shocked by the discovery. Even more so, when a holdall containing further body parts, including a head, is found at an inlet nearby.

An initial forensic investigation reveals that the body parts all belong to the same victim. What events led up to this discovery?

As we mentioned, this is just around the corner, so watch this space for transmission details.


Johannes Lassen reveals first trailer for Below The Surface II

Danish hostage drama, Below The Surface, is coming back to Danish screens this spring, and star, Johannes Lassen, is becoming quite the source of news.

The first series told the story of a metro train with 15 passengers that is taken hostage by three heavily armed men. Police terror unit TTF is activated and the situation changes Denmark forever. A recently fired journalist starts a national fundraising campaign to raise the ransom needed to free the hostages. Distress spreads among the hostages, who consider taking a stand as the TTF tries to identify the hostage-takers. 

This time it looks as though the hostage action takes place aboard a ferry or a ship of some kind, with Lassen’s character (Philip Nørgaard) almost becoming a Die Hard-style action hero.

Today, Lassen released a Danish-language trailer on his instagram feed.

More news as we get it…


Netflix confirms transmission date for series two of Suburra

Italy’s relationship with organised crime is a long and storied one, and when it comes to TV a few high-profile series have attempted to explore this uneasy accord.

First we had the globally successful Gamorra, and then, shortly afterwards, came the less heralded but still gritty and watchable Suburra.

It all starts in 2008, and a fight over land in a seaside town near Rome, which spirals into a deadly battle between organised crime, corrupt politicians and the Vatican.

Now we know when series two will hit. Here’s a trailer:

Suburra (Series 2): From Friday 22nd February, Netflix

The Bridge inspires new German series from the producers of Dark

The tentacles of Swedish series, The Bridge, are still extending far and wide, it seems, even after the show’s final, fourth series ended last year. So far we’ve had Bridge spin-off series in the UK, the US and across Asia. Now we have another European series that takes its cue from Hans Rosenfeldt’s global success.

Der Pass (Pagan Peak) is an eight-part series produced by Epo-Films for Sky Germany, and numbers Dark’s Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg as producers.

The story has subtle but intriguing differences to the original Bridge (as it should): when a gruesomely staged body is found exactly at the German-Austrian border in the Alps, both countries are sending one detective each to investigate. For German detective Ellie Stocker (Julia Jentsch), this is the first real challenge of her career; her Austrian counterpart Gedeon Winter (Nicholas Ofczarek) though seems to have lost any ambitions in his job. Very soon they find more crime scenes with symbolically posed victims. Ellie finds herself under increasing pressure to understand the killer’s motives so she can stop him. The hunt leads them ever deeper in the dark valleys and archaic Alpine customs – and the paranoid world of the killer.

No word on whether Sky has picked this up for the UK yet, but the fact it’s airing on Sky Germany (like Babylon Berlin did) means that it’ll be a pretty good bet it’ll appear here at some point in the future.

Mismatched detectives solving crime in the stunning Alps? Definitely count us in for this one.