Danish series Dicte might have stretched the bounds of credibility on numerous occasions, but it did feature a character that bucked the trend in so-called Nordic Noir – crime reporter Dicte Svendsen was messy, sociable, funny and hung out with a group of female friends that made you laugh and snort and feel for them. She was hugely likeable, as was Iben Hjejle, who played her. So it’s great news that series two is looming large on the horizon, and Channel 4 has now confirmed its transmission date.
I’m soon to post my review of last night’s fourth episode of Fargo, but in the US the third series is concluded last night (Wednesday 21st). Even though where we are in the UK it hasn’t hit the heights of previous series, there’s still much to enjoy. The talk is now whether showrunner Noah Hawley – who’s a busy boy these days – can and will commit to a fourth series. This week he came out and said some interesting things.
Things are hotting up in the world of superior French crime drama, Spiral (Engrenages). We know that series six is just around the corner, and wrapped filming earlier in the year. Although it looks set to premiere in France in September, there’s still no word as to when it might appear on British screens. In the meantime, the wheels of publicity are starting to turn. Not only was the first episode screened at the recent MIP TV event in Cannes, a new trailer has been released. Read on for more!
Ninety-ninety-six’s Jägarna (The Hunters) was a medium-sized hit in its native Sweden. It told the story of a policeman from Stockholm who goes to Norrland to join his brother after their parents died. While there he started to work on a long-running case where deer have been poached and soon discovers that his brother is involved. Now it’s back, this time as a TV series.
A few weeks ago, the BBC announced that it had picked up the next instalment of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story franchise for broadcast in the UK. What the corporation will make of the new that came out of the US yesterday is anyone’s guess. That next instalment was supposed to be American Crime Story: Katrina, a tale woven into the timeline of the aftermath of the deadly hurricane. Now Ryan Murphy has revealed that Katrina’s release has been put back by a year. So what are we getting next?
Modus, which premiered in the UK just before Christmas 2016, was a good-looking if underwhelming Swedish thriller that investigated the links between a Christian religious fundamentalist group in the US and a nutjob lone operative causing death and destruction in Sweden. Series two is just around the corner, and on top of Kim Cattrell’s addition to the cast (she’s playing the US president), two more American actors have joined the cast.
As long-time readers of the site will know, I was a fan of series one of Swedish environmental (or just mental) procedural, Jordskott, when it first hit UK screen in 2015. We’ve known for a while that series two is on its way and that filming had taken place earlier this year. Now we know when series two will premiere in its native Sweden.