BBC Four confirms series two of Black Lake

We’re heading back to Sweden for the start of 2019 on BBC Four. The first series of Black Lake (Svartsjön) was a mildly entertaining, daft mash-up of horror and the closed-location crime story, and the news is that BBC Four has acquired series two and has announced the transmission date. In series two, the action…

Netflix confirms Young Wallander

Prequel series have been a mixed bag in recent years – Endeavour has been a success, Prime Suspect 1973 not so much. Readers are always wary about their favourite characters being re-cast and re-animated into something that’s different from the original, so we’re cautious about this one – there’s a Young Wallander series coming to…

REVIEW: Beck (S7 E4/4)

Could this be the last roll of the dice for Beck? With Alex firmly in charge of the team, and Steinar doing most of the footwork, what is left for the old warhorse to contribute? Both in terms of fictional drama and TV reality, this series finale could mark an end to Beck’s run. Most…

Sofia Helin names next project

No, it’s not crime, before you ask. But Sofia Helin has been such an integral part of our lives during the past decade, there’s a lot of goodwill towards her. Before Saga and The Bridge she was, of course, a fine and established actress in her native Sweden and across the Nordic region. The Bridge…

Channel 4 names transmission date for Farang

We have a new (well, for the UK) Swedish thriller to look forward to. Farang: Dead Man Running is an eight-part tells the story of former criminal Rickard has vanished. Fleeing Sweden and the old friends he has testified against, he abandons his name, his life, and his family to start over in Thailand. Ten years…

REVIEW: Beck (S7 E2/4)

Behind the scenes at a boys’ ice hockey club, tensions are festering; a parent argues with the coach, and resentment against refugee pupils grows. But when popular coach Simon Lindstrom is found stabbed to death, there’s no initial indication of whodunnit, or why. The first of Beck’s cases with him in the role of superintendent…

REVIEW: Beck (S7 E1/4)

We kinda thought we’d seen the last of Martin Beck (Peter Haber) two years ago – and with the tragic loss of his steely blue-eyed sex-bomb colleague Gunvald Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt), the steam seemed to have gone out of the long-running Swedish police procedural. But, dependable as Ikea meatballs, Beck is back (this season was…

Netflix confirms transmission date for Danish thriller, Kriger

Dar Salim is, seemingly, a prolific crime drama person. We’ve seen him recently in Dicte (see our reviews here) as well as Below The Surface (see our reviews here). Now he’s set to appear on our screens once more in another Danish series. Kriger (Warrior) is a six-part Danish drama about communities, loyalty and betrayal…

Stars named for Swedish financial thriller

We always look out for new Swedish crime dramas, and we’re hearing that a new financial thriller is on the way. Based on the books by Carolina Neurath, Blinded will be headed to C More/TV4 in Sweden. Now we know who’s going to be in it. Variety reports: Matias Varela and Julia Ragnarsson will star in “Blinded,”…

Kim Wall murder investigation to be made into a TV series

The brutal and heartbreaking murder of Swedish journalist really affected us here at The Killing Times, and now news reaches us that the investigation into her disappearance and death is to be made into a TV series. Tobias Lindholm is to make it and for Swedish channels C More and TV4. “A murder case in…

New Finnish crime dramas for MIPCOM

Yes, we love a bit of Finnish crime drama here at The Killing Times, and it’s great to see the country making more and more of it. Two more that may be joining the likes of Deadwind and Bordertown are Arctic Circle, Sherlock North, Hard Diplomacy and Bullets. Deadline reports that both will be shown…

Finnish series Hotel Swan

We haven’t heard too much from Scandinavia and the Nordic lands for a while, but here’s some news: a new Finnish series is on the way. The 10-part series Hotel Swan follows Ella Linden (33), who has just landed her dream job as director of the Hotel Swan Helsinki, a popular and well-established, luxury hotel…