Review: Black Lake (S1 E7&8/8), Saturday 7th October, BBC Four

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Over the course of six episodes, Black Lake (or Svartsjön) has weaved its not-so-merry way through a storyline underpinned by the search for the truth of what happened at the lodge during the experiments of the post-war years, obstructed by some potentially paranormal goings on. It has weaved this way and that, backing up the suggestion that there are ghosts in the hotel with quickly followed-up, rational explanations. So what was it to be? Ghosts or no ghosts? Continue reading

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Series two of Black Lake will be prequel

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Swedish series Black Lake (or Svartsjön) has engaged a lot of you out there, its paranormal/horror elements meshing nicely with a whodunit of sorts. We’re going to get the final two episodes of the first series on BBC Four on Saturday night, where Hanne, Mette, Johan and co will finally find out what the secrets of the Black Lake ski lodge are. Back in August Swedish TV channel, TV3, confirmed that a second series is in the works. We now know what it will be about. Continue reading

Review: Black Lake (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 30th September, BBC Four

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We’re into the back end of this Swedish/Danish-language horror/thriller, and one of the things it’s doing well is to present us with a possibility of paranormal activity on the one hand, but then also give a potentially rational explanation to all the goings-on. Is Hanne really sensitive to ghosts or is she just still traumatised by the death of her younger brother? Was Jessan really possessed by an evil spirit or was she experiencing a psychotic episode, one of many she has experienced in her short life? Are the inhabitants of the lodge being terrorised by ghosts or, in fact, by two brothers who want them out? It’s this balance that has made Black Lake fun to watch so far. Continue reading

Review: Black Lake (S1 E3&4/8), Saturday 23rd September,

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Last week, Swedish series Black Lake (Svartsjön) started on BBC Four and provided plenty of horror/crime mash-up fun, telling the story of a group of twentysomethings stuck in a remote ski lodge, which has a history – 20 years before a young family was murdered in the hotel, and our main character, young Danish woman Hanne, believes the ghosts of the children now roam the place. Episodes one and two contained plenty of classic horror genre devices, but there was also a noirish, amateur detective element to the piece, which made things interesting. Episodes three and four continued to mesh both genres, to devastating, impressive effect. Continue reading

Review: Black Lake (S1 E1&2/8), Saturday 16th September, BBC Four

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Ah, the comforting tones of the Swedish language on an autumn Saturday night. We’ve had umpteen Scandinavian crime dramas in the 9pm slot on BBC Four in the past, and, as the nights are drawing in, we’re once again transported to a snowy, barren, beautiful land, way up in the north of Sweden on the border with Norway. And this feels immensely comforting to me – the landscape, the language, the furniture (my god, the furniture) and that unique way so-called Nordic Noir has with characterisation and story. Blake Lake (Svartsjön), however, is no procedural – we’ve heard that BBC Four, in particular, was on the lookout for something a bit different from the usual Nordic Noir, and Black Lake certainly does provide that. Continue reading

BBC confirms transmission date for Black Lake

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Earlier on this year, we ran a story detailing how BBC Four had picked up Swedish thriller, Black Lake (Svartsjön in its native language). It signified a slight change in approach for the channel, who we heard was looking for something a little different from the usual ‘Nordic Noir’ (although we have series two of Witnesses and series six of Spiral coming up before Christmas, and then the last series of The Bridge early in 2018… so not too different, then). The snowy-looking Black Lake has more of a horror feel to it, and it’ll start and finish as the nights draw in and autumn really kicks in, which is perfect timing, really. Now we know when it will start. Continue reading