Review: Midnight Sun (S1 E1/8), Wednesday 15th March, Sky Atlantic

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If you’ve read Our Charlotte’s First Look piece on Midnight Sun (have a read here), you will know this French/Swedish series is one to watch. The fact that we haven’t really had a really good Nordic Noir on these shores in 2017 means that all eyes are on this cross-regional, good-looking eight-parter, which might – just might – provide us with the series we’ve been looking for.

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Walter Presents/Channel 4 announce transmission date for Norwegian series Eyewitness

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eyewitness-anneke-von-der-lippeAnd still they keep on coming. Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your TV sets again, another Scandinavian series is set to hit our shores, thanks to the partnership between Channel 4 and Walter Presents. Not that we’re complaining, of course, because… well, we all love a bit of Scandi Noir. This one – from Norway – sounds interesting, not least because the show’s lead, Anneke von der Lippe, won an International Emmy for her performance. Continue reading

Midnight Sun: The history behind the conflict with the Sami

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One of the more eagerly awaited crime dramas of the year starts up on Sky Atlantic tonight. Midnight Sun is a French/Swedish effort, written and created by Måns Mårlind and Bjorn Stein (who have previous on The Bridge) and made by French powerhouse Canal+. It stars Leïla Bekhti as Kahina Zadi, a French police officer, who travels to Kiruna, a small mining community in the remote far north of Sweden to investigate a brutal murder of a French citizen. With the help of Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten), a Swedish DA and a member of the Sami, an ancient, indigenous tribe of Scandinavia, they are faced with new killings. The initial murder turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. So far, so intriguing. But what makes this extremely interesting is the inclusion of the Sami in the series – that Scandinavian tribe of people who live in the far, far north and little is known about, certainly in the UK. So who are they? And what relationship do they have with the rest of the Nordic people? We asked our Swedish correspondant, Charlotte, to give us the lowdown. Continue reading

Sky Atlantic confirms Midnight Sun transmission date

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screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-19-05It’s been a bit of a day for fans of so-called Nordic Noir. First we reported that Kim Cattrall was to join the cast of series two of Modus (story here) and then the acquisition by Netflix of Finnish series Bordertown (see that story here). But the news continues… one of the more anticipated series of the spring is Swedish/French series, Midnight Sun, set up in the Sami wilderness of (very) northern Sweden. We’ve known for a while that Sky Atlantic has picked the show up for UK broadcast, and now we know when we can watch it. Continue reading

Netflix acquires Finnish series Bordertown for global broadcast; names transmission date

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Bordertown (Sorjonen): Kari Sorjonen (Ville Virtanen) ©Fisher King Production 2016

© Fisher King Production 2016

Thanks to our lovely Finnish reader Seija, I now know when and where I’ll be able to watch Finnish series Bordertown. I’ve been keeping my eye on the series ever since it was announced – despite the boom in Scandinavian and Nordic crime drama, Finnish output has been scarce. I have a soft spot for the country and want it to join the crime drama party, so when Bordertown was announced I was eager to see it. Thankfully we’ll all now get the chance. Continue reading

Kim Cattrall joins Modus for series two

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an57868444kim-cattrall-atteIn news that I could hardly have imagined possible, Kim Cattrall – yes, that Kim Cattrall – has joined Swedish series Modus for a role in its second series. Cattrall has always had an international outlook (she was born in Liverpool) and I’ve always admired her for her openness when it comes to appearing in roles both sides of the Atlantic, so perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised. After all, she recently appeared in the Sarah Phelps adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Witness For The Prosecution (shown in the UK on the BBC), and now she’s headed to Sweden for a slice of Nordic Noir. Continue reading

BBC confirms Follow The Money 2 transmission date

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15041762-nbvBBC4 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.

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