This year we saw a break-out hit from a Nordic country who had been fairly quiet in the firmament of television crime drama. Trapped changed all that, and provided the island with a true global hit – it attracted over one million viewers in the UK, and a whopping five-and-a-half million in France. It’s expected to do big numbers when it debuts in Germany this autumn season. Indeed, despite the high quality of the crime drama that’s been around this year, Trapped still remains one of the best of the year. There has always been talk of a second series – and state broadcaster RÚV would have been crazy not to make another one – but now RÚV has finally confirmed that there will be a second meeting with Andri and co.
Today sees the third and penultimate quarter-final and it looks like it’ll be a cracker – Iceland’s Trapped take on England’s Happy Valley. Happy Valley is one of the seeded teams, but Trapped burst onto the scene earlier this year and qualified handsomely. It beat out The Fall in the group stages, and now takes on a show that won easily in its group. All to play for!
We’re starting the last round of group matches today (hurrah!) and to kick off there’s a huge game in Group A, which will decide who goes into the quarter-finals. Spiral has already booked its place, but who will come second? It’s down to Iceland’s Trapped and Northern Ireland’s The Fall. Two great shows and two great shows who have won one, and lost one. So who’s it going to be? Iceland or Northern Ireland? Trapped or The Fall? Andri or Stella?
After yesterday’s battle of the minnows – The Lens versus Falcón – it’s time to go back to Group A (the group of death, no less) to look in on a fixture that gets the pulses racing again. Seeded team Spiral won convincingly in its opening game, as did Trapped. Both are tipped for the top in this tournament, so we can definitely say that this is a clash of the giants.