Confirmed: Four new Beck films in the pipeline


Beck 32 - Steinar Peter Haber as Martin Beck Kristofer Hivju as Steinar Hovland Director: Mårten Klingberg Photo. Baldur Bragason Produced by: Filmlance International AB 2016

Even though the last episode we saw – The Last Day – pointed to Martin Beck’s retirement, rumours began to circulate that that episode wouldn’t mean the end of the titular Swedish copper. That last series saw the introduction of a new sidekick for Beck, which many agreed helped to breath new life into the show, even after the death of his much-loved predecessor Gunvald Larsson. It was potentially a new and exciting chapter in this solid procedural show, but the fact still remained – Beck was retiring, wasn’t he? Continue reading

Review: Acquitted (S1 E4-6/10), Walter Presents


577d2e4b84ae08b974ef67eb-1467877083180It’s been a relentlessly wet and miserable day here in London town, so it only seemed right not to leave the house, make myself some nice food and settle down to watch lots of TV. Yesterday, I watched the first three episodes of Walter Presents’ new Norwegian import, Acquitted, and I enjoyed it. It was a multi-layered tale of a hotshot businessman, based in Malaysia, called back to his hometown of Lifjorden in Norway to save a company that was the lifeblood of the town. Nothing too dramatic about that, you might think, but there were big-old wrinkles to this story: Aksel Borgen was going back to a hometown he hadn’t visited for 20 years, since he was acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend, Karine. The CEO of the company he had been asked to save? His deceased girlfriend’s mother, who still thinks he’s guilty of the crime.

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Review: Acquitted (S1 E1-3/10), Walter Presents


frikjent-1This 10-part Norwegian crime drama – currently playing out on Walter Presents – gives us an interesting proposition: a hotshot financial whizz returns to his hometown of Lifjorden in Norway to help out a bankrupt solar energy company. There’s one small catch: the man, called Aksel Borgen (Nicolai Cleve Broch), was acquitted of the murder of his then-girlfriend Karine 20 years ago, and left town, making a success of his life Kuala Lumpur, marrying and having a child. But here he is, back in Lifjorden for the first time since he spent a year in jail, and naturally, not everyone is pleased to see him back. Not everyone believes he was innocent.

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Acquitted launches on Walter Presents today: five things you need to know


screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-15-03-54It feels like today is a day full of news from Scandinavia. No real reason for that, but it’s always good to see new stuff from the region played out in the UK on various channels and streaming sites. One such show – that launches today – is from Norway and is called Acquitted (or Frikjent in its native Norwegian). It has been made available by Walter Presents today. Here’s what you need to know about it. Continue reading

Before We Die starts in Sweden this weekend


screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-13-42-51I might as well start this post the way I started the last one – this site’s interest is piqued by anything that comes out of the Scandinavian and Nordic region, because a) generally speaking, it’ll be good; and b) it’s likely that it will make its way to our shores eventually. So when I saw that a new crime drama starts this weekend in Sweden, I decided to have a little look. Continue reading

Melinda Kinneman and Henrik Norlén begin filming season two of Modus


modusOur ears prick up every time we hear of a new slither of news coming from Scandinavian or the Nordic countries – despite so much more content from the region becoming available in the UK and elsewhere, we’re STILL always up for a bit of Scandi action. Modus (based on the books by Anne Holt) arrived in the UK just before Christmas with a bit of a fanfare – it had been a while since BBC4 had a Scandi drama in the Saturday, 9pm slot – and festive Stockholm looked gorgeous. The perfect place to set a winter murder story. And now there’s a second series on the way. Continue reading

Transmission dates for Icelandic crime drama Case announced


1236757_caseWe’ve known for a while that the next big Icelandic crime drama would be Case, and that Channel 4-affiliated online streaming service Walter Presents had picked it up for UK broadcast. The series – starring Magnús Jónsson, Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir, Víkingur Kristjánsson and Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir – sounds extremely promising, and has attracted some buzz (go and see our friends at Euro Drama for more). We knew it was coming and in the UK pipeline, but didn’t know when. It turns out it won’t be just available on All 4/Walter Presents, but it’ll be on Channel 4, too. Kind of.

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