BBC4 has been a bit quiet on the crime front so far this year, with only repeats of The Young Montalbano occupying the Saturday-night slot so far. But from early March the channel goes back to doing what it does best on Saturday nights – Scandinavian crime drama. The first Scandi noir output for 2017 is series two of Danish yarn, Follow The Money, which proved to be a hit first time around.
Anything to do with Trapped – The Killing Times’ best crime drama series of 2016 – and we’re all over it. That show’s creator, Baltasar Kormakur, has recently opened his own studio, RVK, in Reykjavik and he revealed at the Berlin Film Festival that his next project would be a supernatural thriller based around the island’s Katla volcano – a volcano that could erupt at any given moment. Continue reading
As we all know, anything Bridge-related automatically gets posted on this site, and the latest piece of news – well, it isn’t really news… it’s more of an insight into the writing processes of creator Hans Rosenfeldt – saw the show’s creator take time out from the fourth series of The Bridge and series two of ITV’s Marcella to appear on a Swedish chatshow to chat about his craft. Continue reading
Readers may have been watching Walter Presents’ Norwegian series Frikjent (Acquitted) recently. One of the supporting cast in that show is Tobias Santlemann (who plays Erik Nilsen, brother of main character Aksel. He also appeared in ITV’s Marcella in this country, and The Last Kingdom), but now news reaches us that Norway’s main channel – TV2 – has hired the actor for the leading role in a brand-new crime drama, starting in the autumn. Continue reading
Ever since he appeared as Troels Hartmann in the first, groundbreaking series of The Killing, Lars Mikkelsen has claimed a special place in the heart of crime drama fans. Now he’s popping up in The Team, a six-part, multilingual (English, French, Flemish, German, Danish, Swedish), pan-European crime drama featuring a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of cross-border European police officers – all experts in forensics, legal, and IT, plus profilers and psychologists. Blimey. Read on for more. Continue reading
As readers of this site will know, I like to keep a close eye on what’s happening in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries because they’re regularly coming up with oustanding drama, especially in the crime genre. One of the more notable production companies in Sweden, Filmlance, can number The Bridge and Beck as two of its international hits, and now news reaches us it has acquired the rights to a new novel, which sounds like it could be sure-fire hit. Fredrik Backman’s latest novel Beartown is the story in question. So what’s it all about? Continue reading
It seems people just can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. With countless incarnations of cinema and TV screen, and with Britain’s own Benedict Cumberbatch-starring behemoth having just finished (the US version, Elementary, is still going strong-ish), Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character just keep on going. And going. And going. In fact, now it’s going to Scandinavia and the Nordic countries… Continue reading