REVIEW: Below The Surface (S2 E3&4/8)

Only just making it before this evening’s new episodes, here is a recap of last week’s events. As compensation for my tardiness, and in response to Tim’s question, I have at least checked that the doors to the car deck do remain unlocked during the crossings. At the end of episode two, we left Below The…

REVIEW: Below The Surface (S2 E1&2/8)

After a summer with Montalbano we leave Sicily behind and head back north for Denmark for BBC Four’s Saturday-night crime treat. This second series of Below the Surface is created by Jesper Bernt, who was head writer for the second (and entirely stand-alone) series of The Team, which was broadcast in Denmark last year to…

BBC Four confirms Below The Surface series two transmission date

Aside from series two of Trapped, it’s been a quiet-ish year on BBC Four. So far. The channel has now announced that series two of Danish hostage drama Below The Surface is to appear in the Saturday-night, 9pm slot, taking over from Inspector Montalbano repeats. In the first series, 15 people were held hostage in…

Walter Presents snaps up Swedish series Alex for its second run

No real surprises here, but Walter Presents/Channel 4 has picked up the UK rights to the second series of Swedish noir, Alex. Alex follows the hardened – and corrupt – cop Alex Leko, who finally decides to leave the underworld behind. However, his darkest connections keep pulling him back, and soon he finds himself and…

First images released for Danish series Forhøret

Danish series Forhøret (Face To Face) looks like it could be a winner, not least because of its starry cast. The series, which is set to premiere across Scandinavia on the Viaplay streaming service in the autumn, has released its first images. How’s this for a cast? Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars…

Hans Rosenfeldt’s The Lawyer snapped up by Walter Presents

We all know Hans Rosenfeldt as the man behind The Bridge (and Marcella, but we shan’t dwell on that). Now Rosenfeldt’s next series, The Lawyer, has been snapped up by Walter Presents for transmission in the UK… and it’s just around the corner. The series stars Alexander Karim, Malin Buska, Thomas Bo Larsen, Johannes Lassen…

Swedish series The Sandhamn Murders gets seventh series

C More and TV4 have ordered a seventh season of The Sandhamn Murders (Morden i Sandhamn), based on the characters from Viveca Sten’s crime novels. It has been described as the ‘perfect mix of Nordic Noir and beautiful surroundings in Stockholm’s outer archipelago’. Four new chapters of the crime show will begin airing on C More and…

Sofia Helin’s Heder gets first trailer

Anticipation is rising for Heder (Honor), the Swedish series produced by The Bridge’s Sofia Helin. Alexandra Rapaport, Anja Lundqvist, Eva Röse and Julia Dufvenius are the stars, with Helin co-starring. It tells the story of four partners in a law firm called Heder gain notoriety by helping victims of sex crimes and speaking out against…

Finnish series Man In Room 301 to air in December

The UK’s Kate Ashfield found fame in films like Shaun Of The Dead in front of the camera, but behind the camera, she’s become an interesting new voice. She co-wrote Channel 4’s Born To Kill, and now her next project sees her go to Finland. Man In Room 301 is a six-part series that will…

Knutby novel to be adapted for Swedish television

Knutby – Jonas Bonnier’s novel that tells of one of the most notorious murder cases in recent Swedish history – is getting the television treatment. The story goes something like this: Around 4.40am, 30-year-old IT entrepreneur Daniel Linde was shot in the head and chest and seriously wounded. Two hours later it was discovered that…

Danish series 5 From Hell gets the greenlight

Danish crime series always provides interesting spins on the crime theme. In recent years we’ve had The Killing, but then Follow The Money and Below The Surface have offered variety and different angles. Now, a new series looks set to do the same. READ MORE: All our reviews of Follow The Money Inspired by true…

SVT greenlights Malmö-based police drama

In the wake of the end of The Bridge, Swedish broadcaster SVT is looking for its next big crime hit. Now news reaches us that it may have found it. The Thin Blue Line is a 10-part series created by Cilla Jackert, who has previously worked on The Restaurant and Shed No Tears. The work…