Oh how enjoy a bit of Beck on The Killing Times. The titular detective series – based on the novels by Scandi legends, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – is coming back for four new episodes in 2018, the first one airing in Sweden on New Year’s Day. Full details after the jumperoo.
And the Nordic Noirs just keep on coming. Good. We haven’t seen too much out of Iceland since Trapped and Case, although series two of Trapped – the winner of our Crime Drama Of The Year last year – is filming at the moment. Now news reaches us of a new crime drama show, co-produced by Sagafilms and Reykjavik Films, which should be with us next year. Here’s hoping…
Mixing horror and crime isn’t a new thing – look at what we’ve had over the past few years (Stranger Things, Black Lake, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Midwinter Of The Spirit et al) – and there’s plenty more fun to have in this mash-up subgenre. Now news reaches us that a new Swedish fantasy thriller called Hidden is on the way, which will premiere on Swedish channel TV3 (and streaming service Viaplay) in 2018.
We’re all counting down the days until series four of The Bridge hits our screens, but there was one question that was lingering: would the series be broadcast in line with the rest of Europe on 1st January, and, with series six of Spiral waiting in the wings, which one would come first on BBC Four? The channel has been home to The Bridge for its previous three series, but not anymore: series four of The Bridge has been bumped up to BBC Two.
This year we saw a few Finnish series, which was most welcome, and now it looks like we may get another one in 2018. Arctic Circle – a 10-part series – is set to start filming on 27th November and is a co-production between by Finland’s Yellow Film & TV and Germany’s Bavaria Fiction, the first between the two countries.
January 2018 is shaping up to be quite a month for crime drama fans – not only will we have a phalanx of returning British shows like Death In Paradise and Midsomer Murders, but also the return of The Bridge for its final series. Now there’s something else – or at least in Sweden – because Leif GW Persson’s novel, The Dying Detective, is coming to Swedish TV screens in the early part of the month.
Last week’s series two opener of Jordskott – the bonkers Swedish crime drama with supernatural overtones – gave us something darker and more disturbing in tone: we saw a zombiefied man emerge from the lake in Stockholm and some sort of human trafficking ring at work. In the middle of it all was Moa Gammel’s Eva Thörnblad, trying to make sense of it all. She wasn’t the only one.