Review: Modus (S2 E7&8/8), Saturday 3rd March, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE So here we are, then. Another sub-standard and frankly ridiculous series of Modus is (almost) in the books. I say that with (almost) a heavy heart because I do like the characters of Inger Johanne Vik and Ingvar Nyman; it’s just a shame that they’re involved in such convoluted, cheesy and overwrought nonsense….

Review: Modus (S2 E5&6/8), Saturday 24th February, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Modus does get sillier and sillier as the weeks go by, but there’s still an addictiveness here – you want to find out if Helen Tyler is alive and who abducted her and why she was abducted. In these two episodes – the penultimate double-bill of the series – some of these…

Review: Modus (S2 E3&4/8), Saturday 17th February, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Last week, the second series of Modus began with quite the opening gambit – the POTUS, Helen Tyler (Kim Cattrall), was abducted during her first state visit to Sweden. This flung Ingvar and Inger-Johanna into action, but as far as concepts go it was fairly high up on the ladder. This, as many…

Review: Modus (S2 E1&2/8), Saturday 10th February, BBC Four

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE We’re back on familiar, Swedish territory on Saturday nights on BBC Four after the Gallic escapades of Laure Berthard and co in the excellent Spiral. Series one of Swedish show Modus – adapted from the novels of Anne Holt – was, I have to say, pretty much the first bang-average Scandinavian crime series we’ve…

BBC Four confirms transmission date for Modus II

It has probably been the worst-kept secret – thanks to trailers after Spiral – but the next BBC Four, 9pm, Saturday crime series will be from Sweden. And, more specifically, Modus II. The series, which stars Melinda Kinnaman and Henrik Norlén, welcomes some high-profile American and British stars to this second series (Kim Cattrall, Greg…

First Look: Modus series 2

Last year;s first series of Modus was… well, you can read the reviews to what we thought about it (here). But the news that series two of the Swedish crime drama had drafted in big names like Kim Cattrall, Greg Wise and Bill Campbell but us all sit up and take notice. The series is set…

Billy Campbell and Greg Wise join the cast of Modus for series two

Modus, which premiered in the UK just before Christmas 2016, was a good-looking if underwhelming Swedish thriller that investigated the links between a Christian religious fundamentalist group in the US and a nutjob lone operative causing death and destruction in Sweden. Series two is just around the corner, and on top of Kim Cattrell’s addition…

Kim Cattrall joins Modus for series two

In news that I could hardly have imagined possible, Kim Cattrall – yes, that Kim Cattrall – has joined Swedish series Modus for a role in its second series. Cattrall has always had an international outlook (she was born in Liverpool) and I’ve always admired her for her openness when it comes to appearing in roles…

Review: Modus (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 10th December, BBC4

So far, Modus has been a slow, pot-boiler of a thriller. We’ve followed various narrative strands (very Scandi Noir) drift hither and thither and followed a chisel-jawed, ex-US Marine, Richard Forrester, as he’s been bumping off homosexuals in Stockholm. 

Review: Modus (S1 E3&4/8), Saturday 3rd December, BBC4

Any new Scandinavian or Nordic crime drama is greeted with much joy and fervour here in the UK, and Modus certainly has a fine pedigree to provide both – it’s based on the books by Norwegian best-seller Anne Holt, it stars The Bridge’s Melinda Kinnaman and Krister Henriksson, and, well, it’s Swedish. And it’s set at Christmas…

Review: Modus (S1 E1&2/8), Saturday 26th November, BBC4

BBC4 – that great beacon of Saturday-night, foreign-language drama – has been in a bit of limbo for the past month or so. As the seasons have turned and we’re now ensconced into something darker and colder, the channel has recently broadcast Australian dramas The Code and Dark Water. Fair enough, but they just didn’t…