REVIEW Beck (S8 E3/4)

As Beck undergoes medical examination after collapsing, his team forges on without him – but dissension in the ranks and political interference threaten to derail the investigation of a murder.  Last week, Martin Beck had a funny turn on his balcony, and we’re not talking about barmy neighbour Grannen. So what’s the matter, and how…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E1/4)

It’s been so long since we saw Beck (three years, in fact), that we were beginning to think that the Swedish cop’s semi-retirement had turned into a permanent situation. But here he is back again, for four feature-length dramas, and nothing much has changed.  Certainly we’re getting used to seeing a lot less of Beck…

NORDIC NOIR BBC Four confirms transmission date for Beck

We knew it was coming, but Beck finally has a transmission date. BBC Four has confirmed that the first of four new films – Undercover – will air in early July. In Undercover, a young boy has been found murdered and Beck and the group’s investigation leads them to a narcotics network. Beck: Saturday 3rd…

NORDIC NOIR Netflix releases first trailer for The Chestnut Man

Søren Sveistrup’s novel The Chestnut Man (Kastanjemanden) is coming to Netflix this autumn and now the streaming giant has released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated series. The Chestnut Man takes place in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, where the police make a terrible discovery on a stormy October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered…

NORDIC NOIR Faroese series Trom wraps filming

If there’s one series we can’t wait to see it’s Trom – the first drama from the Faroe Islands. And now, according the show’s star Ulrich Thomsen, it has wrapped filming. The six-part series follows journalist Hannis Martinsson (Thomsen), who unexpectedly receives a message from Sonja, a young Faroese woman who claims she is Hannis’…

NORDIC NOIR Partisan renewed for a second series

Swedish thriller series Partisan has been renewed for a second series. The Viaplay original told the story of an idyllic agricultural community, Jordnära, a seemingly perfect gated community. However, in series one newcomer Johnny (Fares Fares) becomes friends with Nicole and Maria, two teenage foster children. During the summer, Johnny gets more and more involved in…

NORDIC NOIR Premiere date for Hjerson confirmed

Last year we brought you news that Hjerson – a fictional character penned by a fictional character Ariadne Oliver, who is a mystery crime writer that appears in a number of Agatha Christie novels. According to Agatha Christie herself, Ariadne bears certain similarities to herself. Now we know when Hjerson will air in its native…

NORDIC NOIR BBC confirms Beck season eight with new trailer

We knew it was coming, but now the BBC has confirmed the return of Swedish series Beck with a new trailer. Series eight of the show – which comprises four feature-length films – will be once again shown on BBC Four this summer. The four new films, which were shown in its native Sweden in…

REVIEW Blinded: Those Who Kill (S2 E7&8/8)

This Danish series has improved upon its first series, of that there is little doubt. Characters have been better drawn, with more depth; and the story has been an intriguing one. However, it hasn’t been perfect, with several infuriating elements and plot-points to contend with. And tonight, in its final two episodes, it stumbled yet…

REVIEW Blinded: Those Who Kill (S2 E5&6/8)

At the end of episode four of Blinded: Those Who Kill, Alice Ejbye was murdered by Peter Vinge. Or at least it looked that way. Terminally-ill Alice didn’t have long left so she thought she’d take matters into her own hands and try to draw her son’s killer out from the shadows to deliver the…

REVIEW Blinded: Those Who Kill (S2 E3&4/8)

Last week we welcomed back Danish profiler Louise Bergstein (Natalie Madueño) to our screens and new, perplexing case to work on. During those first two episodes we watched on as she travelled back to the island of Funen to spend time with an old family friend – Alice Ejbye – who informed Louise that she…

NORDIC NOIR BBC Four acquires Swedish series The Hunt For A Killer

BBC Four has acquired Swedish series, The Hunt For A Killer (Jakten på en mördare), based on a real-life crime. Set to transmit later this summer, the six-part series is set in the Swedish region of Skåne in the late 1980s and revolves around the real-life disappearance and subsequent murder of a 10 year-old girl….