Sky Atlantic’s six-part thriller, Save Me, starts next week (Wednesday 28th February), and there was a screening at London’s BAFTA building in Piccadilly last night. Written by and starring Lennie James – and also starring Stephen Graham and Suranne Jones, among others – it’s set in and around a south London housing estate, and features a central character plunged into a noirish nightmare. By that description you might think that Save Me is Scandi-style dark, but it’s not – there’s plenty of humour, incredible, flawed characters and a powerful story of redemption at its heart.
Last year;s first series of Modus was… well, you can read the reviews to what we thought about it (here). But the news that series two of the Swedish crime drama had drafted in big names like Kim Cattrall, Greg Wise and Bill Campbell but us all sit up and take notice. The series is set to start in Sweden next Thursday (2nd November) on CMore, and materials have been released ahead of its transmission.
Well, I’m back from my little break and slowly but surely I’m catching up with the things that I’ve missed this week. Last night I went along to the BFI Southbank to watch the first episode of the first of the eagerly-awaited BBC adaptations of JK Rowling’s (or Robert Galbraith’s) Cormoran Strike novels. The first, three-part series is based on The Cuckoo’s Calling book, and stars Tom Burke as Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott. The good news is that it’s good. And the extra good news is that we now know when it’s going to appear on our screens.
Innan vi dör (Before We Die) is the new big crime series on Swedish public service channel SVT. Of course, it’s not a given that every Scandinavian crime series will be exported to the UK, but as this one is showing a good amount of potential after two episodes, let’s have a look at what’s on offer.
I’m aware this site wouldn’t normally do something like this (extensively preview a show that hasn’t been signed by a UK broadcaster) but Midnight Sun sounds so intriguing and could be the next big Nordic thing. With all that in mind and being a resident in Sweden, I wanted to at least see what it was like and give you an idea of it. Midnight Sun (Midnattssol) started in Sweden at the weekend and it got off to a promising start. I do think this will be picked up by some channel in the UK, so here are my first impressions…
During its two previous series, The Fall has proved itself to be quite unlike any other crime drama on television. Yes, it has all our favourite procedural elements, characters that kind of fit into familiar archetypes, but what sets it apart is the two main characters – DCI Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson) and the serial murderer Paul Spector (played by Jamie Dornan) who have been locked in a cat-and-mouse game, both addicted to the chase and seemingly fascinated by each other. And this is what sets The Fall apart – great acting, and the kind of will-they-won’t-they that isn’t your usual will-they-won’t-they. It’s back for a third series in the coming weeks, and last night there was a screening and a Q&A with the stars.
Luther is one of the UK’s premium-brand crime dramas and one of the country’s most successful global exports. It has helped to solidify Idris Elba’s status as a household name and as a CILF (work it out yourself), but more importantly it has introduced us to another angry detective, Neil Cross’s creation involving himself in some thrilling, terrifying cases and some intriguing character dynamics that placed this iconic character in the grey area between good and bad. There were rumours it was the end for Luther and he was only going to appear in big screen outings from now on, but he’s back next month for another (very short) run on BBC1.