NORDIC NOIR Alibi announces acquisition of Black Sands from Iceland

UKTV channel, Alibi, has announced its first ever Nordic Noir acquisition. From Iceland, Black Sands (Svörtu sandar) is an eight-episode series starring Aldís Amah Hamilton. Anita, a DI in her thirties, is forced to return to the hometown she fled 14 years ago. A reckoning with her mother is inescapable, but when the body of…

Netflix confirms Entrapped transmission date

One of our favourite crime dramas – Trapped – recently made the switch to Netflix and its third series renamed Entrapped. Now, after over almost year of speculation and waiting (it was broadcast in its native Iceland back in October 2021), we finally know when it’s going to be shown here. Police duo Andri and…

NORDIC NOIR Trapped series three gets Icelandic transmission date

The highly-anticipated third and perhaps final series of Trapped has been confirmed to broadcast in its native Iceland on Sunday 17th October. In addition, the show’s home channel, RÚV, showed two teaser trailers during the recent election coverage (grabbed for us by an eagle-eyed viewer and reader of the site). The beloved Icelandic crime series…

NORDIC NOIR First trailer released for Icelandic crime series Sisterhood

One of the series we’re looking forward to in the medium future is Icelandic series Sisterhood (Systrabönd). Starring Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, it tells the story of three grown-up friends who have to face ghosts from the past after the skeleton of a teenage girl is found in Snæfellsnes is connected to the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old…

Entrapped (Trapped) finishes filming, airs in Iceland in the autumn

Trapped (Ófærð) creator Baltasar Kormákur says that Entrapped – the new Netflix version of Trapped, or series three of the icelandic crime show – has finished filming and will premiere in Iceland in the autumn. It’s hoped that it will follow on to Netflix worldwide soon after. The show’s home channel, RÚV, said in a statement:…

REVIEW The Valhalla Murders (S1 E5&6/8)

As we edged into the second half of The Valhalla Murders, this atmospheric and engrossing Icelandic crime drama, tensions were running high – not least because Kata is in deep trouble at home. If you remember the end of episode four, her teenage son Kari was implicated in a hideous sexual assault video. While some…

Ragnar Jónasson’s The Darkness to get the TV treatment

Icelandic writer, Ragnar Jónasson’s book The Darkness is to get the TV treatment. Deadline reports that Stampede Ventures International and CBS Studios have joined forces to adapt the book. The eight-part series will be set in Reykjavik, among the isolated fjords. The story – the first in his Hulda series – follows  Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir,…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E5&6/10)

As we return for our next two episodes of Trapped, the red herring brothers are now in the clear for unlikable and all but friendless Finnur’s murder, and the Hammer of Thor are no longer a threat. Instead, the police must shift focus to solve the murder and “bear in a crisis” Andri believes the…

REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E1&2/10)

Finally. Three years after Trapped proved to be a huge hit with viewers of the Saturday-night, foreign-drama slot on BBC4, we are returning to Iceland for the long-awaited follow-up series, having already been assured by director Baltasar Kormákur that the third will arrive with less of a gap. Plot-wise only two years have passed since…

FIRST LOOK: Trapped (Series 2)

Fair warning. This text contains some limited details from the first episode of Trapped 2, which started in its native Iceland on 26th December. I’m not giving you lots of big spoilers, though. This year started with one of the most anticipated Nordic returns in the final series of The Bridge, and at the end…

The Killing Times Podcast: Episode 7, Lilja Sigurðardóttir & Quentin Bates

In this Iceland Noir special, we’re joined by Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Quentin Bates. Lilja Sigurðardóttir was born in Iceland in 1972, and has written six books, two of which – Snare and Trap – have been translated into English by Quentin Bates and have been released in the UK by Orenda books. Lilja is also an award-winning…