REVIEW: The Flatey Enigma (S1 E2/4)

For confirmed Icelandophiles like myself, episode one of The Flatey Enigma was pure nectar: an engaging mystery, a likable, interesting central character, 1970s period detail, Icelandic Sagas lore, and stunning, windswept coastal scenery. These elements make for an engaging It reminded me of a prototypical Sunday night drama you’d find here in the UK, but…

REVIEW: The Flatey Enigma (S1 E1/4)

Last November I went on my semi-regular trip to Reykjavik and, while I was there, state broadcaster RÚV broadcasted the first episode of its big, new crime drama for the winter, The Flatey Enigma. Written by Margrét Örnólfsdóttir (who worked on series two of Trapped and has worked on various Icelandic crime dramas in the…

Icelandic crime drama The Flatey Enigma begins on BBC Alba tonight

There’s no other way to say it: The Flatey Enigma begins on BBC Alba tonight. Yes, we’d been waiting for Flateyjargátan, to give it its original name, to appear all throughout the year. But now it has sneaked onto a channel we weren’t expecting. Thanks to our friends scanoir.co.uk we now know that the four-part…

Stella Blómkvist starts on Sundance Now today

Are you ready for your next Icelandic crime fix? We’ve been following the progress of Stella Blómkvist and now the day is here we here in the UK can watch it. Sundance Now streaming service is the place to watch the series, and it starts today. At the moment the only way to subscribe to…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E9&10/10)

We waited three years for this second series of Trapped and now it feels as though it’s over in a heartbeat. The last two episodes had a lot to tie up and, perhaps, throw in a twist or two, so it was time to settle in and see what happens. We start off in a…

Ragnar Jónasson’s The Darkness to be adapted for TV

Icelandic crime series, as we all know, is a genre worth watching, and so is the island’s burgeoning crime fiction scene. One of the leading lights from that scene, Ragnar Jónasson, is about to get the TV treatment. According to Deadline, Jónasson’s novel, The Darkness, has been acquired by Stampede production company, who is intent…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E7&8/10)

Last week’s cliff-hanger left us with Pawel dead and a bloody Víkingur trying to flee the scene. Now Andri and Hínrika arrive at the plant to find Ásgeir warding off an angry mob of Polish workers while Víkingur, who has been severely beaten, is held in a locked room inside the plant. He is calm,…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E5&6/10)

As we return for our next two episodes of Trapped, the red herring brothers are now in the clear for unlikable and all but friendless Finnur’s murder, and the Hammer of Thor are no longer a threat. Instead, the police must shift focus to solve the murder and “bear in a crisis” Andri believes the…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E3&4/10)

We left episodes one and two – a strong start to this excellent Icelandic series – with both Ketill and Torfi under arrest, the latter suspected of killing Finnur, in the little police station. Skúli, meanwhile, was on the run in the mountains with all that the police could muster on his tail and surely…

Sagafilm to adapt Óskar Guðmundsson’s Hilma

Icelandic production company, Sagafilm, has announced that it has secured the rights to Óskar Guðmundsson’s novel, Hilma. The production company has been behind recent hits such as Stella Blómkvist, Case and the recent The Flatey Enigma. “When I read Hilma by Óskar Guðmundsson, I found the story immediately as a television series. We are very pleased…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E1&2/10)

Finally. Three years after Trapped proved to be a huge hit with viewers of the Saturday-night, foreign-drama slot on BBC4, we are returning to Iceland for the long-awaited follow-up series, having already been assured by director Baltasar Kormákur that the third will arrive with less of a gap. Plot-wise only two years have passed since…