Confirmed: Four new Beck films in the pipeline


Beck 32 - Steinar Peter Haber as Martin Beck Kristofer Hivju as Steinar Hovland Director: Mårten Klingberg Photo. Baldur Bragason Produced by: Filmlance International AB 2016

Even though the last episode we saw – The Last Day – pointed to Martin Beck’s retirement, rumours began to circulate that that episode wouldn’t mean the end of the titular Swedish copper. That last series saw the introduction of a new sidekick for Beck, which many agreed helped to breath new life into the show, even after the death of his much-loved predecessor Gunvald Larsson. It was potentially a new and exciting chapter in this solid procedural show, but the fact still remained – Beck was retiring, wasn’t he? Continue reading

Acquitted launches on Walter Presents today: five things you need to know


screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-15-03-54It feels like today is a day full of news from Scandinavia. No real reason for that, but it’s always good to see new stuff from the region played out in the UK on various channels and streaming sites. One such show – that launches today – is from Norway and is called Acquitted (or Frikjent in its native Norwegian). It has been made available by Walter Presents today. Here’s what you need to know about it. Continue reading

Before We Die starts in Sweden this weekend


screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-13-42-51I might as well start this post the way I started the last one – this site’s interest is piqued by anything that comes out of the Scandinavian and Nordic region, because a) generally speaking, it’ll be good; and b) it’s likely that it will make its way to our shores eventually. So when I saw that a new crime drama starts this weekend in Sweden, I decided to have a little look. Continue reading

Melinda Kinneman and Henrik Norlén begin filming season two of Modus


modusOur ears prick up every time we hear of a new slither of news coming from Scandinavian or the Nordic countries – despite so much more content from the region becoming available in the UK and elsewhere, we’re STILL always up for a bit of Scandi action. Modus (based on the books by Anne Holt) arrived in the UK just before Christmas with a bit of a fanfare – it had been a while since BBC4 had a Scandi drama in the Saturday, 9pm slot – and festive Stockholm looked gorgeous. The perfect place to set a winter murder story. And now there’s a second series on the way. Continue reading

Transmission dates for Icelandic crime drama Case announced


1236757_caseWe’ve known for a while that the next big Icelandic crime drama would be Case, and that Channel 4-affiliated online streaming service Walter Presents had picked it up for UK broadcast. The series – starring Magnús Jónsson, Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir, Víkingur Kristjánsson and Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir – sounds extremely promising, and has attracted some buzz (go and see our friends at Euro Drama for more). We knew it was coming and in the UK pipeline, but didn’t know when. It turns out it won’t be just available on All 4/Walter Presents, but it’ll be on Channel 4, too. Kind of.

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Showtime and Sky Atlantic confirms Twin Peaks transmission date


twin-peaksIf you read our Quite Large Crime Drama Preview For 2017 (here if you haven’t), one of the things that included was the return of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s era-defining crime show that crossed dimensions and introduced us to myriad much-remembered characters. So we all know it’s back this year, but until this moment didn’t know when. Autumn? Summer? Yes, probably summer. Now Showtime, the show’s new US home, has revealed the start date. Continue reading

Ian Rankin announces festival to mark 30th anniversary of Rebus



It’s hard to believe but 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Rebus, Ian Rankin’s brilliant detective and brilliant, award-winning, best-selling series. Twenty books later, Detective Inspector John Rebus is now an international institution, not only a publishing phenomenon but also a very good TV adaptation. It started with John Hannah, but really took flight when Ken Stott took on the role and even though there haven’t been any new Rebuses in a few years, you can still catch them on channels like Drama and Alibi in repeat form. In the meantime, Rankin has announced that there will be a Rebus Festival in June to celebrate the anniversary. Continue reading