Lots of things happening this week. Namely Twin Peaks, my own personal excitement-stoker. I just hope it’s good. Elsewhere, there’s a new revenge thriller on BBC2 (Paula), and a few series finales: Grantchester, Hinterland, Grantchester and Elementary. Enjoy!
We’re still reeling from the apparent death of Hildur, but perhaps the saddest part of the tragedy is that no-one has yet realised that she’s gone – having argued with Eric, she had effectively cut herself off from the community, and now if Fortitude can survive, it will have to do so without her.
Your correspondent in Oslo woke up to bright, blue and sunny skies, ever-so-slightly hungover after and evening of good fine and wine, but eager to get back to the city’s fourth annual Krimfestivalen. There’s another full day of programming here at the Cappellen Damm publishing house, again mostly featuring Norwegian and Danish-speaking panels, but there are some English-language sessions sprinkled throughout.
It’s a big week in the world of crime drama, with two huge series starting on ITV – the return of Broadchurch and the start of Prime Suspect 1973, which takes us back to Seventies east London and a young Jane Tennison. There’s also Scandi larks with the second series of Follow The Money on Saturday, German series Nick’s Law on Walter Presents and more from SS-GB. Enjoy!
As long-time readers of the site will know, Fargo is one of my favourite series. With Noah Hawley and a cast that includes Ewan McGregor (in two roles), David Thewlis, Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Wanstead series three is really starting to gear up. It usually transmits around the end of the year, but this time around FX (the show’s US network) sprung a surprise yesterday – series three will air in the spring. This spring.
Woo-hoo! ‘Cassie and Sunny sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!’ Well, not quite, but tonight’s Unforgotten did give us an almost lighthearted interlude displaying the superb comedy chops of Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker (more of which later).It was welcome because there is an inherent sadness shot through writer Chris Lang’s creation – a psychologically astute treatise on the folly of youth, the loss of innocence and our inability to fulfil the fervent wish to escape the mistakes we made and live a better life – or as Quantum Leap earnestly intoned – ‘striving to put right what once went wrong’.
NB: Spoilers inside
It’s all happening. Well, some things are happening. One of the things we mentioned in our Quite Large 2017 Preview (or whatever it was called, I can’t remember now) was a four-part adaptation of Louise Doughty’s best-selling Apple Tree Yard, a superior psychological thriller in novel form and a juicy-sounding drama. Yesterday the BBC confirmed its transmission date.