BBC acquires Norwegian series Twin starring Kristofer Hivju

Hot on the heels of the news that the BBC has acquired Scandi crime drama The Investigation and Wisting, we’re now hearing that it has also picked up another Scandinavian thriller, Twin, from Norway. We’ve been keeping an eye on the series, which stars Game of Thrones and Beck’s Kristofer Hivju, and is set to…

BBC Four acquires Norwegian crime drama Wisting

BBC Four has had a quiet-ish year when it comes to Scandi Noir. Now the channel – which pioneered the Saturday-night, foreign-language crime drama slot – has nabbed a new Norwegian crime drama. Wisting, which stars Sven Nordin and Carrie-Anne Moss, is based on the best-selling books The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs by writer…

BBC acquires Kim Wall true crime series The Investigation

We wrote about this only two days ago (read that here), and now we have more news about true crime series, The Investigation. The BBC has acquired the rights for UK broadcast. The series follows the complex investigation carried out by Jens Møller, the Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, surrounding the murder of…

Danish series Forhøret gets its first trailer

One of the foreign-language dramas we’re most looking forward to is Forhøret (Face To Face), from Denmark. Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Søren Malling and Lars Ranth are all pencilled in tp star. It’s a veritable who’s who of Danish crime drama. Thomsen stars as policeman Bjørn, who will…

Camilla Läckberg’s Hammarvik heading to television

Beloved Swedish author Camilla Läckberg’s Hammarvik is heading to television. The adaptation, described as an ‘innovative 16-part series’ blends crime drama and soap opera, and will premiere exclusively on the Viaplay streaming service across the Nordic region in late 2020. Hammarvik (Swedish title: ‘Lyckoviken’) combines compelling character-driven drama with the trademark cocktail of suspense, secrets and…

Søren Malling to lead cast of Kim Wall drama

Søren Malling is to lead the cast in the TV adaptation of Kim Wall’s murder investigation. The senseless, brutal murder of Swedish journalist Wall in 2017 captured the global imagination. We reported on the project , called The Investigation, last October. Joining showrunner Tobias Lindholm on the case is lead investigator, Jens Møller. Expressen reports…

New Swedish Arctic thriller Thin Ice set for 2020

Yes, we love a good Scandi crime drama and the good news is that they just keep on coming. According to Expressen, Thin Ice (Tunn Is) will be with us in 2020. The series is described as a suspense drama set in a ‘grand Arctic environment’. It starts when a research vessel is attacked outside…

REVIEW: Darkness: Those Who Kill (E7&8/8)

This has been an odd series. It has been suffused with a particularly nasty underbelly, was gratuitous at times and the two main characters were not inspiring. Bland even. And yet, after the first two episodes, it picked up and introduced us to two villains the likes of which I don’t think I’ve ever seen…

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

After last week’s major twist, Danish series Darkness: Those Who Kill had perked up considerably from its lukewarm opening two episodes. At the end of episode four, we found out that Stine was the dominant partner of the two, and it was her that was doing the killing. Anders Kjeldsen was the animal – in…

Adam Pålsson cast as Kurt Wallander in Netflix origin series

One of the most anticipated shows for 2020 – at least for crime drama fans – is Young Wallander, an Endeavour-style origin series for our favourite Nordic ‘tec. Rolf Lassgård, Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh are the three men who have played Henning Mankell’s iconic Swede, and now we know who will be the fourth…

REVIEW: Darkness: Those Who Kill (S1 E3&4/8)

Last week’s opening two episodes of Danish series, Darkness: Those Who Kill, disappointed me. I thought they were a bit clichéd and a bit meh, but many of you disagreed with me. Some of you thought it was an atmospheric serial killer hunt that had a nice twist at the end of episode two. And…

REVIEW: Darkness: Those Who Kill (S2 E1&2/8)

It’s been a while since we’ve had a decent Scandi Noir on a Saturday night on BBC Four. This year series two of Danish series Follow The Money has been the stand-out so far, so hopes were high that Darkness: Those Who Kill, another Danish series, would do the business. Darkness: Those Who Kill (Den…